To be frank with you, when I arrived in Innsbruck this morning I was optimistic but the results are better than expected. I said before that I'm sure some were disappointed, but the majority of European citizens are happy with the outcome of this very important meeting.
Migration right now is a catalyst to do more in a spirit of responsibility and solidarity. I'm looking forward to a very fruitful cooperation with my colleagues and I am sure the outcome will be positive.
Working with the US Congress, the dialogue you have with American legislators is indispensable for furthering our relations with our most important strategic partner, especially at a time where the transatlantic ship has sailed into troubled waters.
At the beginning of this Commission we committed to deliver a Europe that protects – and today, we take one more, important step towards this goal. A stronger eu-LISA will be the nerve centre of our information systems for borders, migration and security, and the new ETIAS will ensure that we no longer have an information gap on visa-free travellers.
Together with the European Parliament and the Council we jointly agreed to work together and prioritise the legislative work on initiatives, where European citizens are clearly expecting us to deliver concrete results. Migration and security are at the very top of our citizens concerns as we see in survey after survey.
The next time it would be good next to President Tusk to have 27 leaders to listen and discuss with you. I am sure they would come out of this room wiser. The glass is half full, yes, but the bottle is full of European ideas and solutions. Instead of looking at the glass, look at the bottle and at its content. And a bottle is there to be shared.
It's an even greater pleasure to see how Europol has developed over the past three years, together with our overall security policy. Growing from a loose intergovernmental structure into an EU agency.
Migration is again making headline news. I am encouraged by this. I feel encouraged because it means there is growing political will to act and agree on a number of important issues that will define our future migration policy.
First, let me stress that we did not gather to discuss a crisis situation: we are nowhere near where we were 3 years ago. Our cooperation so far, politically but also operationally, has yielded very concrete and tangible results on the ground so far.
There cannot be one answer. There is no single solution and we all know that. No Member State can do this alone. It is impossible.The only way is to adopt all missing elements and to implement our comprehensive migration policy.
Migration is very real and tangible – and above all: it concerns people. What is more: European citizens are deeply concerned about this issue. I have followed reactions in the press and on social media recently too.
This work is highly appreciated, and recognised, every year, in Europe but also worldwide. Better combatting the threats and dangers that drugs pose is a continuous priority for the European Commission and for me personally.
Today was an important Home Affairs Council – the last one before the summer and before the European Council, and also the last one under the Bulgarian Presidency. I hereby take the occasion to thank my colleague Valentin Radev for the excellent work of their Presidency in the last 6 months on everything: migration, border management and security.