27 May 2013: In a speech in Berlin, Germany this week, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström called for political action against the rise of xenophobia and violent extremism in Europe."We need dedicated discussions at the highest level – meaning the heads of state and government at the European Council", Malmström said.
21 February 2013: What are the most pressing issues for the EU to deal with? What should be the focus of the Union in the next decade? At two citizens' dialogue events in Sweden and Italy, Europeans discussed the future of European cooperation with Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. During the European Year of Citizens 2013, and in the run-up to the European elections next year, the European Commission has launched an in-depth debate with dialogue events in all 27 member states.
12 October 2012: On Friday, the European Union was named the recipient of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. In a blog post, EU Home affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström commented on the award. "My first thoughts: Most welcome, unexpected, important. Unexpected, naturally, as there is are so many across the globe fighting for peace and democracy", she wrote, adding:
16 May 2012: This week, the international day against homophobia and transphobia is observed all over the world. In Europe, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are still discriminated against and become victims of violence. In a speech at ILGA-Europe, the international lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex association in Brussels, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström underlined the need for vigilance in fighting homophobia.
10 February 2012: This week, it is precisely two years since Cecilia Malmström started her mandate as EU Commissioner for Home Affairs. During these 24 months, issues in her political portfolio have been high on the agenda of Europe, including migration and asylum matters, radicalisation and terrorism, and the fight against organized crime.
17 January 2012: A few days ago, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström joined micro-blogging community Twitter as @MalmstromEU. As her first 140-character contribution, Malmström wrote:"10 years since opening of Guantanamo. A disgrace that prisoners are still held without trial. President Obama, time to live up to your promise."
28 September 2011: According to a report issued by the Commission Wednesday, foreign students still experience difficulties coming to the EU to study, due to an uneven implementation of the relevant EU legislation. The first report on how Member States have implemented EU rules on the entry and residence of students, pupils, unremunerated trainees and volunteers from third countries suggests that the use of these forms of temporary migration could be improved further.
8 July 2011: On 1 July Poland took over the EU Presidency of the Council of Ministers from Hungary. As usual in the beginning of each new EU Presidency the college of Commissioners go to the country's capital to meet with the government. Together with her Commissioner colleagues, Cecilia Malmström is spending the day in Warsaw.
23 June 2011: EU Heads of State and Government are meeting today and tomorrow in Brussels for the European Council. The situation in Greece and the financial crisis is of course on the agenda, but also asylum, migration, and Schengen issues. Commissioner Cecilia Malmström urges EU leaders to stand up for European values of solidarity, tolerance, and mutual respect between countries and people, and give negotiations on a Common European Asylum System a much needed push forward.
23 May 2011: EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström is back in Brussels after two days in St Petersburg where she went together with the Hungarian EU Presidency to meet with Russia's Ministers for Justice and the Interior. She also participated in the event International Legal Forum together with Russia's President Medvedev.
18 April 2011: Today the Commission adopted an evaluation report of the Data Retention Directive. EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström presents the report at a press conference in Brussels at 14.30.
12 April 2011: The Commission adopted today a report on the functioning of 'Asset Recovery Offices' set up in Member States to identify illegally acquired assets on their territory and deprive criminals from their criminal profits. The report shows that the offices are important in fighting organised crime, but at the same time more needs to be done to get hold of the substantial amounts that are acquired through illegal activities within the EU.
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).
16 February 2011: Today Commissioner Malmström is on an official visit to Berlin. She is attending the 14th European Police Congress where key representatives of law enforcement authorities from different Members States get an opportunity to meet, interact and exchange ideas.
11 February 2011: Two full days in Romania and Bulgaria have come to an end. The visits have been planned since October, as part of Commissioner Malmström's ambition to visit all Member States to talk about common issues within her portfolio. However, much of the discussions focused on the two countries' possible accession to the Schengen area.
10 February 2011: One year ago today, on 10 February 2010, Cecilia Malmström took office as EU Commissioner for Home Affairs. It has been very intense, and sometimes a tougher debate than I had expected. At the same time it is a privilege to work with these important issues that really affect the everyday lives of our citizens, says Cecilia Malmström when summing up the past 12 months.
9 February 2011: Tomorrow and Friday, 10-11 February, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström will visit Bucharest and Sofia where she will meet with ministers, NGO’s and stakeholders to discuss issues of common interest.
3 February 2011: The policy area of Home Affairs has been steadily growing the last years, with more attention given to an open Europe, a coherent asylum and migration policy, keeping citizens secure while ensuring respect for personal integrity, and increased cooperation and solidarity both within the EU and with partners outside the Union. In view of the ongoing budget discussions for the coming years, the Commission has launched an online public consultation for the Home Affairs area.
2 February 2011: The European Commission adopted today a proposal for a Directive on common rules for the use of Passenger Name Record data (PNR) to better fight serious crime and terrorism. The proposal obliges air carriers to save certain information on passengers on flights to and from the EU.
25 January 2011: Meeting Prime Minister Vlad Filat, presenting an EU Action Plan on visa liberalisation with Moldova, and visiting a shelter for victims of human trafficking were some of the points on the agenda for EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström these last days, during her visit to Moldova.
21 December 2010: Following last week's great majority vote in the European Parliament, in favour of the Directive proposal that EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström presented in March, today was a further step forward in the fight against trafficking in human beings.
14 December 2010: The European Parliament voted this afternoon in favour of the proposal for a Directive on trafficking in human beings, which the Commission put forward last spring. At the same time, the Commission appointed the new Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, who will get a central role in the coordination of EU policies within this field. "An important day for the EU's fight against this modern day slavery", emphasises the responsible EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.
9 December 2010: "Transparency is corruption's worst enemy. International research has shown a crystal clear relationship between a high level of transparency and low level of corruption in public administrations. The reverse is equally true: less transparent administrations suffer from a higher level of corruption. At the occasion of the international anti-corruption day, I call today on all actors in Europe, businesses as well as public administrations, to work for increased transparency", said EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström in a statement.
3 December 2010: At the meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council today, the EU Justice Ministers agreed on a Directive on trafficking in human beings, following a proposal put forward by the European Commission earlier this year.
3 December 2010: A conference about the Data Retention Directive today was the last step before the Commission publishes its evaluation of the directive. In her speech, EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström made clear that the Directive will be changed: "I am convinced that data retention is here to stay. Access to telecommunications data is, at least in some cases, the only way of detecting and prosecuting serious crime. But most, perhaps all, of us would agree that the Data Retention Directive leaves room for improvement. I therefore intend to prepare a proposal to amend the Directive."
24 November 2010: Negotiators from the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have agreed on the way forward in the EU's fight against trafficking in human beings. The text that was negotiated is a proposal for a Directive that the Commission put forward in March this year.
25 October 2010: Greece has been having difficulties for a long time in dealing with the large number of people who comes there from countries outside of Europe. Many get stuck in Greece while waiting for Greek authorities to process their asylum applications and other documents. At the same time, migrants continue to arrive from mainly Africa and the Middle East. Lately, the number of people entering the EU via the Greek land border with Turkey has increased drastically. This weekend, the Greek government requested EU support to be able to deal with the situation.
18 October 2010: In a majority of EU Member States, only a small number of residence permits are issued to victims of trafficking in human beings. This is shown in a report the Commission has published today, on the EU Anti-trafficking day, on the implementation of the Directive on the residence permits issued to victims of trafficking.
12 October 2010: EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström is back in Brussels after meetings in Vienna and Bratislava, where she met with Austria's and Slovakia's ministers for justice and home affairs yesterday. The topics for discussion were, among others, the negotiations on the future of the EU asylum policy, the Union's work in fighting trafficking in human beings, and the action-oriented European Internal Security Strategy that Cecilia Malmström plans to propose later this fall.
28 September 2010: EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has spent two days in Athens to discuss the Greek asylum system. This is how she sums up the situation: "I am cautiously optimistic, but the work is gigantic and will take time."
21 September 2010: An increasing number of countries use Passenger Name Record data in the fight against serious transnational crime and terrorism. Today, the European Commission adopted a package that sets out the general principles that any PNR agreement with a third country should be based on.
15 September 2010: "There is solid evidence that effective action at EU level is needed", said EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström in the European Parliament today, where she participated in a public hearing on the EU's anti-corruption policy.
2 September 2010: The European Commission has just finished its two day working seminar in Val Duchesse outside of Brussels. The seminar was a kick-off for the Commission's work this year, and several weighty issues were on the agenda. Among them the experiences of how the Lisbon Treaty has effected the EU cooperation, and the future review of the EU budget.
6 August 2010: "I understand that today's decision is taken in accordance with the Travel Promotion Act's obligations. Nevertheless, I regret very much the fee established by the interim rule. I have repeatedly raised concerns about the introduction of this fee and I remain convinced that these new requirements applicable only to travelers under the Visa Waiver Program, are inconsistent with the commitment of the U.S. to facilitate transatlantic mobility and will be an additional onus for European citizens travelling to the U.S.", said Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.
20 July 2010: The European Commission has carried out a stocktaking of existing EU instruments used for storage and exchange of personal data. The overview was put forward today by Commissioner Cecilia Malmström during a press conference in Brussels.
3 June 2010: Today and tomorrow, 3 and 4 June, Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström joins the EU's ministers for justice and home affairs in Luxembourg for the JHA Council meeting. Malmström will present some of the proposals put forward by the European Commission in the last weeks.
31 May 2010: "Combating illicit trafficking of firearms is crucial in our fight against organised crime. That is why the Commission proposed today to give EU law enforcement authorities better tools to track movement of firearms coming to and leaving the EU,'' EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said today.
28 April 2010: By the end of this week Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will discuss asylum and migration with two of the Member States that receive most of the Union's asylum applications: Italy and Malta.
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.
29 March 2010: "In the 21st century, we should not have women and girls reduced to sexual slavery, children beaten and mistreated, forced to beg and to steal and young adults compelled to work in appalling conditions for hunger wages. These crimes are not acceptable under any circumstances. We must do everything possible to stop the people responsible for these acts," Commissioner Malmström said today as the European Commission proposed new rules to step up the fight against trafficking in human beings. The new proposal will help to combat modern slavery by ensuring consistency of national rules on crimes and penalties, better assistance for victims and tougher action to prosecute criminals responsible for trafficking.
29 March 2010: "Child sexual abuse" means children being subjected to horrendous crimes that leave deep scars for their whole lives. "Child sexual exploitation" means using children as sex objects and getting rich out of their suffering. "Child pornography" means images of children suffering sex abuse. Downloading or viewing child pornography on the internet leads to more children being raped to produce those images. The response of the EU cannot be too clear or too resolute. Whatever the EU can possibly do against that, the EU must do and will do." said Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström as the European Commission proposed new rules obliging EU countries to impose more severe punishment on those who sexually abuse children. The proposal also calls for criminal prosecution of activities like 'grooming' (befriending children with the intention of sexually abusing them) and "sex tourism", even if the child abuse has taken place outside the EU. The Commission also wants more to be done
10 February 2010: Cecilia Malmström today represented the Commission in the debate in the European Parliament on the agreement between the EU and the USA on the processing and transfer of Financial Messaging Data (more known as the SWIFT Agreement).
10 February 2010: Welcome to my new website as Commissioner! I am very happy that the European Parliament decided yesterday, 9 February, to approve the new Commission, thus enabling us to start our work. Last night the European Council, that is the governments of all Member States, also appointed the new Commission.