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.
Οn this important day, I call on the international community to step up efforts and reinforce cooperation. Only by acting together, we can truly ensure the safety and health of our citizens, in Europe and beyond.
The European Union and the United States have established unbreakable relations during the last decades and we shall continue working on that, deepening and enhancing our cooperation.
The report shows again that tackling drugs and drug addiction is a complex challenge. The nature, availability and addiction to drugs are a constantly evolving, multi-faceted threat to our citizens, our youth, and our societies overall. Drugs affect the lives of millions around the world.
We clearly have shared concerns and priorities: to protect and save lives, to safeguard human dignity and to promote well managed and organised mobility between our continents.