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Concrete actions for a free and secure Europe

20 April 2010

A European asylum and immigration policy based on dignity, solidarity and respect for fundamental rights, more legal ways into the EU, and a common EU approach to combat organised cross-border crime, terrorism and trafficking in human beings. In the coming years, these are key issues for Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström to focus on. Today, she presented a justice, security and freedom action plan based on the Stockholm Programme together with Vice-President of the European Commission Viviane Reding.

Last December, European leaders endorsed 170 initiatives known as the Stockholm Programme. The programme is aimed at creating a genuine European area of freedom, security and justice in the next five years. The Commission has now turned these political objectives into concrete actions with set timetables for the years 2010-2014.

"The Stockholm Programme Action PLan is a way to respond concretely to the citizens's concerns. We know for instance that fighting cross-border crime ranks very high in what citizens expect the EU to do. That is why we have to put concrete proposals and deliver, " Cecilia Malmström said today.

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