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.
We welcome that a solution for the persons on board of the Ocean Viking has been found and that they will all be relocated following their disembarkation.
We gather here in a place and country, located geopolitically, historically and culturally at the crossroads of east and west, north and south. Modern Turkey is not only a land and sea-bridge linking south-eastern-most Europe with south-western-most Asia.
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.
The issues of my portfolio, namely security and migration, were the main topics of discussion, especially in view of the important Informal Meeting of Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs in Helsinki that will take place in a few days.
The main topics discussed during the meetings were migration management, as well as the acceleration of the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement and the priorities for internal security issues.
More than ever, Europe and Africa’s prosperity and security are intertwined. We need each other to address these global issues, and this event today is a unique opportunity but also a common challenge and duty to join our forces in fighting in an effective way violent extremism across the African and European continents.
Firstly, fighting corruption in a coordinated, comprehensive and coherent approach has been a priority for this Commission over the past 5 years across different policy areas.
Περισσότερο από ποτέ, η ΕΕ πρέπει να συνεχίσει τα μέτρα για την καταπολέμηση της τρομοκρατίας, την ανταλλαγή πληροφοριών και τη συνεργασία στον τομέα των αρχών επιβολής του νόμου με την καθοριστική συμβολή της Europol.