8 April 2011
Representatives from Member States, EU institutions, international organisations and civil society meet in Brussels today to reflect on the future funding in the Home Affairs field for the coming years (2014-2020).
The Commission's responsibilities within the Home Affairs area have been steadily growing the last years, and now is the time to decide on the budget for the next programming period, starting in 2014, in view of the broader EU budget review scheduled for later this year.
"Developments in North Africa in recent weeks and months only serve to highlight the vital role of EU spending in the area of Home Affairs", said EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström in her opening speech.
"I have visited Tunisia and Egypt in recent weeks and seen at first hand the potential that exists for positive and sustainable democratic change. Europe must support these efforts to build new democratic states based on the rule of law and respect for fundamental rights. In my area we can establish cooperation in the field of mobility: asylum, migration, border control, fight against human trafficking and facilitating legal migration and mobility", said Cecilia Malmström.