Informal Meeting of Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs, Vilnius: extracts from the press conference by the Lithuanian Presidency and the European Commission

Type: News   Reference: i-080719   Duration: 00:02:47  Lieu: Vilnius, Lithuania
End production: 18/07/2013   First transmission: 18/07/2013
On 18 July, Dailis Alfonsas Barakauska, Lituanian Minister of the Interior and President-in-office of the Council, and Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, held the press conference of the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs. On the first session, the EU Ministers focussed on issues such as migration, security of refugees from Syria. Antonio Guterres, the UN High commissioner for Refugees, presented latest review and assessment of situation in Syria and the refugees in the neighbouring countries. Cecilia Malmström underlined how dramatic the situation is and called on the EU Members to improve their assistance to the Syrian refugees.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 General view of the Speakers 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (in Lithuanian) Dailis Alfonsas Barakauska, Lituanian Minister of the Interior and President-in-office of the Council: We, first of all, discussed the annual report on immigration and asylum, prepared by the Commission. There was a discussion on the matter and I am happy to see so many of views because it is important to inform the public at large about the report and the Commissioner Cecilia Malmström who is sitting here. 00:00:31
00:00:41 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:02
00:00:43 SOUNDBITE (in English) Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs: It was a very important moment where the High Commissioner Antonio Guterres was here underlining again the very severe catastrophe that we are facing in Syria. Giving a state of play of the situation, everybody hope for a political solution but there is no one at short term, so we should increase the humanitarian assistance. The EU and the Commission are the biggest donors and we have recently from the Commission added an other 4 hundreds million Euros to add in the neighbouring countries who are doing a fantastic job for the 1.8 million Syrian refugees who have left the country. And the High Commissioner asked the Member States to reallocate a number of vulnerable refugees and I would like to repeat his plea to Member states to do whatever they can to assist these people. 00:01:05
00:01:48 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:01:52 SOUNDBITE (in English) Cecilia Malmström: I also emphasize form the Commission side that migration is also very important source of growth, migration can contribute to growth. We have a lot of evidence to that. But it needs to be well managed. We need of course to facilitate integration of those who are already here in the EU territory but also we have to acknowledge that despite unemployment there is also a lack of skills today in the EU that we can fond within the EU and we need to look elsewhere to facilitate for people to come in the Union and avoid to much red tape. I hope that we can conclude during the Lithuanian Presidency negotiations on the seasons workers directive and make progress, for the researchers and students. 00:00:52
00:02:44 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
00:02:47 End 00:00:00
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