Recent Activities

Remarks by Commissioner Avramopoulos at the European Parliament Plenary Session on the fight against trafficking of women and girls for sexual and labour exploitation in the EU, Strasbourg 17/1/2018

17 Jan 2018

Our debate today is very timely and I would like to thank once again this House for its continuous active interest and support in our joint fight against this odious phenomenon. We will agree in this room that when dealing with trafficking in human beings what really counts is actions and results, more than intentions and words.

Interview by Commissioner Avramopoulos in Fair Observer: "Europe: The Only Way Is Forward and Together", 13/12/2017

15 Dec 2017

Dimitris Avramopoulos was meant to handle one of the biggest humanitarian challenges in the European Union’s history: the refugee crisis. Well-respected in EU circles, Avramopoulos assumed his tenure in the European Commission in a period while the union’s cohesion had been intensively tested by the refugee crisis and terrorist threat, with both issues raising questions about EU border protection.

Remarks by Commissioner Avramopoulos at the European Parliament Plenary Session on the enlargement and strengthening of the Schengen area: Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia, Strasbourg 13/12/2017

13 Dec 2017

Let me start by highlighting the following: no matter how much work we collectively do –the 3 Institutions – in the end we will be judged by our success –or failure- only on 3 or 4 topics. Schengen is one of them. For our citizens, it is the symbol of the European Union itself. It is the most tangible example of European integration.

Remarks by Commissioner Avramopoulos at the press conference on interoperability of EU information systems and the progress made towards a Security Union, Strasbourg 12/12/2017

12 Dec 2017

It's almost a year since the tragic Berlin Christmas market attack, which left 12 people dead and 56 injured. The attacker used 14 different identities to evade law enforcement authorities and was flagged in our systems with different names. The same problem of multiple and false identities was observed in the Marseille stabbing attack in October.

Remarks by Commissioner Avramopoulos following the JHA Council, Brussels 7/12/2017

7 Dec 2017

Let me start by saying thank you to the Estonian Presidency and more specifically to Interior Minister Andres Anvelt for our constructive discussions today and for the Presidency's unrelenting efforts over the last 6 months. Earlier today, we proposed to the Heads of States and Government a detailed roadmap that includes key actions on all elements for a comprehensive and future-proof migration policy.

Doorstep by Commissionner Avramopoulos at the JHA Council, Brussels 7/12/17

7 Dec 2017

I'd like today to express my thanks and my congratulations to the President of JHA Council, a good friend, the Minister of Interior of Estonia,. Today I will debrief the ministers on the outcome of the yesterday's third internet forum that took place here in Brussels with the participation of the major internet providers, Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft.


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