I welcome the agreement on this important file. The new visa rules will facilitate travel for the millions of legitimate travellers who visit the EU every year to the benefit of our travel and tourism industry.
No country can manage this alone. And I repeat no country can manage this alone. This is the first conclusion and the lesson we learnt in Europe. When five years ago Europe was taken by surprise and Member States were totally unprepared ,we had to start building our migration policy from scratch, from nothing.
For centuries, the Mediterranean region has been a cradle of trade, mobility, cultural exchanges and a variety of opportunities. Today is no different. In times of geopolitical instabilities, our concerns, worries and challenges are shared.
A political priority for 2018-2019, the new measures will allow police to quickly access crucial financial information for criminal investigations, boosting the EU's response to terrorism and other serious crime.
I would like to thank Minister Carmen Dan for her warm welcome in Bucharest today for our first meeting under the Romanian Presidency. Romania's Presidency comes at a crucial moment with 4 months to go until the European elections.
As you all know we are all here in Bucharest for a very important Justice and Home Affairs council. The three issues today. First has to do with Schengen. We have to strengthen Schengen. Schengen is the greatest achievement of all times, so it is our duty to preserve, enhance and uphold it.
The biggest difference between the so-called “golden passports” and “golden visas” is that the first one gives national - and thereby EU – citizenship, while the second allows non-EU citizens to reside legally in a Member State.
Let us be frank: the past weeks have not been Europe's finest hour. Having 49 people on boats at sea, for almost 3 weeks, is not what the European Union stands for. The European Union is about human values and solidarity. And if human values and solidarity are not upheld it is not Europe.
The emergency funding will be provided under the Commission's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF), and is part of the €10.8 billion for migration, border management and internal security already mobilised by the Commission for the period 2014-20.
Today, citizens from around 60 countries around the world can travel to the EU without needing a visa. In turn, EU citizens should also receive the possibility to travel to these countries without a visa. This reciprocity is a central principle in our visa policy.
We have already made enormous strides in our efforts to build a Security Union. We are now in the final mile of this legislature and we need to redouble our efforts to finish the job we started. Our citizens expect us to deliver a Europe that protects
It is an honour for me to address this Conference today. In our globalised world, human mobility can only be addressed effectively by the international community as a whole. It is a global phenomenon that requires global solutions.
The Austrian Presidency was instrumental in driving forward our work on security and particularly the fight against terrorism. I am very happy to see that today Ministers agreed their negotiating position on the rules we proposed to stop the spread of terrorist content online. This was done in record time and shows great commitment to keeping Europeans safe online.