Central among those, the future of Europe and of the Euro-Atlantic relations. We are at a historic juncture, where both Europe and the United States are at a crossroads. I am not going to further elaborate on the EU-US relations today. Just one day after an important Informal European Summit, in Salzburg, the focus is of course on the internal policies that will define our common future.
So the reason we are here in Belgrade today is a direct result of all the hard work and joint efforts of a promise and commitment that we have made some time ago. Today we initialled the status agreement between the EU and Serbia on actions carried out by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency.
From companies and governmental organisations, to each and every last citizen using a connected device. Our perspective and approach can therefore only be global, for a threat which is borderless.
After the meeting I had with the Prime Minister, I participated at the Ministry of Citizen Protection at a ministerial meeting with all the ministers who are responsible for migration and security issues. We had a very good cooperation with a specific aim: how to improve and speed up all the processes needed to address more effectively these issues.
I am delighted that we have this opportunity to discuss these political priorities, which are not only at the very top of the European agenda, but also of the global agenda. Europe and Africa are facing shared challenges, which should be turned into shared opportunities.
Today, I am glad to present to you in more detail how we plan to do that in the area of migration and border management. Our proposals, our initiatives, and our support are about offering more Europe where more Europe is needed.
From now onwards, the European Border and Coast Guard and the future EU Agency for Asylum will be able to ensure EU solidarity on the ground at all times, in all situations, whilst fully respecting Member States' competences.
Terrorist propaganda has no place in our societies – online or offline. We have already made important progress in removing terrorist content online through our voluntary cooperation in the EU Internet Forum.
Our new rules will reinforce our capacity to tackle organised crime and terrorist financing more effectively by providing police and prosecutors the tools to crack down on money laundering.
But even though the context surrounding the foundation of the European Union has changed, its essence and its raison d'être has not. You see, in all these challenges that I mentioned that we face today, the only way of addressing them is together. With unity, solidarity and shared responsibility.
I had constructive meetings today during which I commended Spain for its great efforts and exemplary European spirit in addressing the migration challenge. Spain has full support of the European Commission in dealing with the increased arrivals along the Western Mediterranean sea route.
The European Commission and the Government of Spain continue the open dialogue and cooperation on migration, in particular on the challenges linked to the increased migratory pressure along the Western Mediterranean route.
We are ready to support Member States and third countries in better cooperating on disembarkation of those rescued at sea. But for this to work immediately on the ground, we need to be united – not just now, but also in the long run.