I am very glad that this debate has been scheduled because there is no better time to discuss the importance of our collective history in order to build our shared future. In the run-up to and in the aftermath of the European elections, there has been a lot of debate about what the European Union is, and what this concept means to our citizens.
LIBE has a crucial role to play in completing a truly European strategy to face the migration and security challenges that can only be effectively addressed through a joint European effort. A lot has been achieved in the last five years with the help of the Parliament and in particular this dynamic Committee.
We are not where we were five years ago, which proves that we delivered; the flow of migrants has gone down, our borders are better protected. We have set up new systems and we have beefed up the existing agencies like Europol and Frontex.
We are at the eve of new beginnings, following the European elections, which have demonstrated our citizens’ engagement and trust in the European project. The doom thinkers wish to point to the rise of the far right, to the splintering of political groups. But we have to see the big picture.