We all reached the conclusion that it’s a global issue, a global responsibility. And the fact that last year, the United Nations held this very important gathering in New York, where leaders from all over the world were committed to work together, to cooperate in order to address all these challenges that are putting in danger the values and principles upon which the post-war world is build, including the European Union.
Our initiative today is about expanding and upscaling the many good examples in Europe that we have on labour market integration of migrants. There is so much engagement and commitment already in Europe today by the private sector when it comes to investing in immigrant integration.
Two elements are essential: increasing information sharing between our internal and external work on security, and improving our cooperation with international actors. The fight against terrorism, and in particular against the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters, is at the centre of both of these two elements.
Όπως γνωρίζετε, θα έχουμε ξεχωριστές συναντήσεις με τους Υπουργούς Άμυνας, τους Υπουργούς Εσωτερικών και τους Υπουργούς Αναπτυξιακής Συνεργασίας. Αντιλαμβανόμαστε ότι η σταθερότητα του διεθνούς περιβάλλοντος είναι πολύ σημαντική για την καλύτερη και πιο αποτελεσματική διαχείριση της μετανάστευσης.
Today, European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, and Commissioner Violeta Bulc, hosted a delegation from the United States in Brussels, led by Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, to discuss issues related to aviation security and safety.
It's a topical moment today to speak to you about relocation, after my discussion in the plenary this morning, and about security following the recent global cyber-attack. Let me start with relocation. We have reached more than 18,000 relocations so far, and more than 70% of resettlements.
The results so far prove that if there is will and determination of Member States, relocation can work. The success of the relocation scheme cannot depend only on just a few. Solidarity in legal, political and moral terms is not susceptible to different interpretations.
The value of our security information is maximised when our systems talk to each other. The complex and fragmented systems we have today make us vulnerable. Actionable information is not always available for the law enforcement officials that need it.
I think we all agree that relocation is vital to the success of our migration and asylum policies based on solidarity and responsibility. This is why it is so essential that relocation works in all its aspects, and is implemented by everyone.
We are certainly not where we were two years ago. During those past two years, we have made important progress. However, the issue is still relevant; No-one can predict what will come in the future. Surely, both the European Union and the Member States, especially Greece and Italy - the frontline states, are now prepared.
One year ago, I was in Kiev to personally congratulate the Ukrainian government for the tremendous efforts they have made to implement the reforms set out under the visa liberalisation process. Today, I am pleased to see that we are reaching the end of the process and I welcome the Council's adoption of visa liberalisation for Ukraine – a final step towards visa-free travel to the Schengen area for Ukrainian citizens.
And at this point, I can't hide my concern about what is happening in the wider Balkan neighborhood, where the exacerbation of populism and nationalism, and contrary to peoples' expectation to join the European family, lead to a "re-balkanisation", not only in geographical terms but also historic, of this delicate corner of the European Continent.