11 March 2014
How can the EU's work on migration, asylum and security-related issues further contribute to ensuring Europe is an open, prosperous and safe place to live and work for its citizens? The Commission has presented its strategic vision on the future political priorities in the area of Home Affairs.
Significant progress has already been made over the past five years to make Europe more open and secure. But the work is by no means over.
This week, the Commission presented its vision on the future agenda for Home Affairs: there is a need to fully implement the agreed legislation and existing instruments and to ensure that the EU is able to respond to opportunities and challenges ahead.
"We can be proud of what has been achieved in recent years: the establishment of a Common European Asylum System, the reinforcement of the Schengen area, the strengthening of our response to organised crime, such as trafficking in human beings, online threats or corruption. But more needs to be done and we need to prepare for future challenges and opportunities. I want Europe to be forward-looking, with Home Affairs subjects contributing to economic growth and a safe environment for all European citizens. There are important choices to be made. We must join forces and develop policies that reflect common priorities and future needs", said Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.
The press release, more questions and answers as well as the communication in full are available. Watch the press conference with Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, Vice-President Viviane Reding and Commission President José Manuel Barroso here, and read Commissioner Malmström's speech at the event.