I think it is extremely important that we have such opportunities to gather together and share ideas about fostering more efficient synergies between the public and private sectors in the common interest of our citizens and of our common house, Europe.
Since its inception ten years ago, this Forum has produced a tremendous amount of useful guidance and best practices, and has been instrumental in facilitating bottom-up global approaches to countering terrorism and violent extremism worldwide.
We all agree that the current ad-hoc approach consisting of the Commission coordinating solidarity efforts each time a vessel with migrants is at sea is simply not sustainable. Today we have made good progress towards a predictable and structural set of arrangements.
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.