I would like first to express my thanks to Warwick University and especially the European Society for inviting me to this very timely discussion on how the EU responded to the recent migration crisis and the mechanisms that have been put in place in order to manage similar future crisis.
Drugs are increasingly potent and pure when they arrive on the market. There has been a record number of seizures, which together with increased production in the EU, points to growing availability of illicit substances.
The last few years have brought the European Union and the Western Balkans closer together, deepening longstanding ties and relationships across our European continent. The challenges we face when it comes to: migration, fighting migrant smuggling, border management, counter terrorism and tackling organised crime are common and so is our response.
Ήρθα εδώ πριν από πέντε χρόνια ως φιλοευρωπαίος Έλληνας πολιτικός και επιστρέφω ως ένας αφοσιωμένος, ενεργός πολιτικός της Ευρώπης, αλλά πάνω από όλα ως ένας πεπεισμένος Ευρωπαίος πολίτης.