I would like to warmly thank Minister Maria Ohisalo for hosting us in beautiful Helsinki today and for giving us a very timely opportunity to discuss the future of our security and migration policies.
I am really glad to see the Finnish Presidency taking up our shared priorities to better protect our citizens and to better manage migration.
I would like to thank the Finish presidency for this timely discussion about the future of Europe’s migration policy and for selecting so well such important topics.
The past 5 years, owing mostly to the numerous terrorist attacks, have seen a massive expansion of our common security initiatives. The building blocks of an effective and genuine Security Union are now in place.
Last night we had a very interesting and animated discussion. While our priorities are first to crack down on smugglers’ networks and stop irregular arrivals and departures, today I will call on MS to show more solidarity and support our proposal for temporary arrangements.