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  • Debate on the future of Home Affairs policies: An open and safe Europe – what next?

    Policy field(s)

    Home Affairs; Immigration; Asylum, Schengen, Borders, Visa, Internal Security, Organised crime & Human Trafficking, Crisis & Terrorism, Police cooperation,  External Relations

    Target group(s) 

    All citizens, Member States, non-EU countries, public national, regional and local authorities, inter-Governmental and non-Governmental bodies, organisations, enterprises, civil society and general public are welcome to contribute to this debate.

    Period of consultation

    From 29 October 2013 to 21 January 2014

    Objective of the consultation

    The aim of the consultation is to collect opinions with a view to contribute to the Commission Communication on the New Agenda for Home Affairs.

    Home Affairs policies have undergone a profound transformation during the last two decades. This has happened as a consequence of the successive changes introduced to the EU Treaties but also due to an increasing need for a more European approach. Over the years, the Union has been able to develop a common legislative framework for our policies and build up its own expertise and know-how to support operational cooperation and joint operations. The EU has also provided financial support and allowed for burden sharing between Member States. These achievements contributed to building a common European culture oriented towards a safer and more open Europe for the benefit of all EU citizens as well as third country nationals.

    The Stockholm Programme, which framed Home Affairs policies in the years 2010 to 2014, will soon come to an end. It is therefore time to consider the future challenges and priorities to be addressed by these policies in the coming years.

    How to submit your contribution

    Contributions must be addressed to

    Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

    Contact details

    Responsible service: Directorate-General for Home Affairs Unit D1 – Strategic policy, inter-institutional relations and agencies 


    Postal address:

    European Commission
    Directorate-General for Home Affairs
    Unit D1 – Strategic policy, inter-institutional relations and agencies  
    B - 1049 Brussels

    Reference documents and other, related consultations


    Commission, Migration, NGO and Civil Society, Organised Crime