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Environment: Experts meet to discuss how to better fight wildlife trafficking in the EU and globally

10 April 2014: Following an invitation by the European Commission, 170 experts met today in Brussels to discuss how the EU can better fight wildlife trafficking. The conference marked the end of a public consultation which was launched on 7 February with a Communication by...

Frequently Asked Questions: The Data Retention Directive

8 April 2014: Data concerning telecommunications traffic through telephone networks and through the internet is, to some extent, retained (stored) by telecommunication service providers for their own commercial purposes (e.g., for billing purposes).

A clear legal regime for family members of non EU citizens

3 April 2014: Migrants' right to family reunification is recognised throughout the EU. Common rules are in place on the conditions under which family members of a non-EU citizen, legally resident in a Member State, are allowed to enter and reside in the EU.

More flexible visa rules to boost growth and job creation

1 April 2014: Many non-EU nationals wishing to travel to the EU are often faced with cumbersome, lengthy and costly visa procedures. The proposals presented today will seriously shorten and simplify the procedures for those wanting to come to the EU for short stays, and...

Frequently Asked Questions: A smarter EU visa policy for growth

1 April 2014: The EU has set up a common visa policy for short stays, i.e. stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period, which is applied through the issuing of 'Schengen visas'. In 2012, the present 26 Schengen States1 issued around 14.2 million Schengen...

How to ensure fair, humane and effective return procedures?

28 March 2014: An effective and humane return policy with full respect for fundamental rights is a key part of the EU migration policy. In a Communication on the EU's Return Policy adopted today, the Commission presents the progress made in this field and points...

Frequently Asked Questions: the EU Return Policy

28 March 2014: What is this Communication about? This Communication reports on the changes to EU return policy over recent years, analyses its impact, and presents some ideas for future developments.

Commissioner Malmström welcomes the Parliament's vote on the new EU Home Affairs' Funds 2014-2020

13 March 2014: "I am very pleased with today's vote establishing the new financial instruments in the area of Home Affairs: the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the Internal Security Fund.

Shaping the future of Home Affairs policies – the next phase

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 all its citizens? The Stockholm Programme that has framed Home Affairs policies from 2010...

EU and Tunisia establish their Mobility Partnership

3 March 2014: Tunisia and the EU today formally established a Mobility Partnership. A joint declaration was signed by Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Mr Tahar Cherif, Tunisian Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union, and the Ministers of the ten EU Member...

Justice and Home Affairs Council 3-4 March 2014 in Brussels

28 February 2014: European Union Justice and Home Affairs ministers will meet in Brussels on 3-4 March 2014. The European Commission will be represented by Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner and Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.

Vice President Tajani attends Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in Chile

21 February 2014: European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 March 2014 European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani will travel to Chile to attend the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony of Michele Bachelet on behalf of the European Union today and tomorrow 10th and 11th March.

European Cybercrime Centre – one year on

10 February 2014: European What are the main future cybercrime threats on the horizon? And how has the European Cybercrime Center (EC3) contributed to protect European citizens and businesses since its launch in January 2013? These questions are at the core of an EC3 report presented...

Environment: Commission consults on how EU can fight against dramatic increase in wildlife trafficking

7 February 2014: The Commission has launched a public consultation on how the EU can be more effective in combating wildlife trafficking. This comes in response to a recent global surge in poaching and illegal wildlife trade, which is now at unprecedented levels for some...

Questions and answers on wildlife trafficking

7 February 2014: How big is the wildlife trafficking problem? As with any other illegal activity, it is impossible to provide a precise figure as to the scale and value of wildlife trafficking. But there is no doubt that it has grown considerably in recent years.

Commissioner Malmström welcomes European Parliament vote on migrant seasonal workers

5 February 2014: "I very much welcome today's vote on new EU rules harmonising the conditions of entry and residence, and the rights of seasonal workers. Migrant workers coming to the EU for seasonal work make an important contribution to the European economy.

Commission unveils first EU Anti-Corruption Report

3 February 2014: Commission Corruption continues to be a challenge for Europe. Affecting all EU Member States, corruption costs the European economy around 120 billion euros per year. Member States have taken many initiatives in recent years, but the results are uneven and more should be...

Frequently Asked Questions: the EU Anti-Corruption Report

3 February 2014: Why an EU Anti-Corruption Report? In June 2011, the Commission adopted an anti-corruption package (IP/11/678 and MEMO/11/376), announcing its intention to publish an EU Anti-Corruption Report every two years on Member States' efforts to tackle corruption, to stimulate political will to fight corruption...

Summaries of the national chapters from the European Anti-Corruption Report

3 February 2014: Austria: Austria's fight against corruption has been strengthened by efforts in prevention and prosecution. In this report, the European Commission is suggesting that Austria ensures the necessary resources to specialised prosecutors for processing corruption cases.

Strengthening the EU's response to radicalisation and violent extremism

15 January 2014: Terrorist and violent extremist activities have evolved and are a growing, significant threat within the EU. These activities are carried out not only by organised groups but increasingly by smaller groups or lone actors, now being driven by a wide range of...

First Commission report on the implementation by Russia of the Common Steps for visa free-regime with the EU

18 December 2013: Today the Commission adopted its first progress report on Common Steps under the EU-Russia Visa Dialogue making a full assessment of the four key fields essential for moving towards visa free regime with the EU: 1. Document security; 2. Migration issues; 3.

Detention conditions in Lampedusa: Malmström expresses serious concerns

18 December 2013: The images we have seen from the detention centre in Lampedusa are appalling and unacceptable. We will contact the Italian authorities to ask more information on these events and we ask them to shed full light over what happened.

Cecilia Malmström signs the Readmission Agreement and launches the Visa Liberalisation Dialogue with Turkey

16 December 2013: EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström, in Ankara at the invitation of the Turkish authorities, signed, with the Turkish Minister of Interior Muammer Güler, the EU-Turkey readmission agreement, and initiated, jointly with the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoğlu, the...

Mobility Partnership signed between the EU and Azerbaijan

5 December 2013: The EU and the Republic of Azerbaijan officially launched a Mobility Partnership. Today Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ambassador Fuad Isgandarov, Azerbaijan, and the Ministers responsible for migration from the eight EU Member States participating in this partnership (Bulgaria, the Czech...

Lampedusa follow up: concrete actions to prevent loss of life in the Mediterranean and better address migratory and asylum flows

4 December 2013: The tragedy in Lampedusa, one of the many Europe has witnessed in recent years, prompted an unprecedented call for action by EU leaders and citizens. Today the Commission is proposing ways to increase solidarity and mutual support in order to prevent migrants'...

Justice and Home Affairs Council 5-6 December 2013 in Brussels

4 December 2013: European Union Justice and Home Affairs ministers will meet in Brussels on 5-6 December 2013. The European Commission will be represented by Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner and Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.

Cecilia Malmström welcomes new EU rules facilitating the confiscation of criminal profits

3 December 2013: Today the Ambassadors of the EU Member States approved in the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) the result of the negotiations with the European Parliament on new EU legislation on how to confiscate profits made through criminal activities (Directive on the freezing and confiscation...

Cecilia Malmström welcomes the signing of a Visa Facilitation Agreement with Azerbaijan

29 November 2013: Today, the European Union and Azerbaijan signed an agreement to facilitate the procedures for issuing short-stay visas. "I am very pleased that the visa facilitation agreement has been signed.

EUROSUR kicks off: new tools to save migrants' lives and prevent crime at EU borders

29 November 2013: On 2 December 2013 the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) becomes operational. EUROSUR will make an important contribution to saving lives of those who put themselves in danger to reach Europe's shores.

European Commission grants €5.6 million in emergency funding to Bulgaria to address the increased influx of asylum seekers

29 November 2013: European Commission The European Commission is providing €5.656.000 million in emergency funding from the European Refugee Fund to Bulgaria to support the country in managing the increased influx of asylum seekers and improve the situation on the ground for refugees.

EUROSUR: Protecting the Schengen external borders - protecting migrants' lives

29 November 2013: EUROSUR in a nutshell On 2 December 2013 the Regulation establishing the European Border Surveillance System enters into force, making EUROSUR operational for the 19 Schengen Member States at the southern and eastern external borders.

Commission proposes visa-free regime to Moldova

27 November 2013: Commission The Commission proposed today to allow visa-free travel to the Schengen area for Moldovan citizens holding a biometric passport. This proposal builds on the successful implementation by the Republic of Moldova of all the benchmarks set in its Visa Liberalisation Action Plan.

European Commission calls on the U.S. to restore trust in EU-U.S. data flows

27 November 2013: European Commission Today the European Commission has set out the actions that need to be taken to restore trust in data flows between the EU and the U.S., following deep concerns about revelations of large-scale U.S.

EU-US agreements: Commission reports on TFTP and PNR

27 November 2013: Today the Commission adopted the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP) evaluation report and a report on the joint review of the US Passenger Name Record (PNR) Agreement.

The EU-US TFTP Agreement: main elements

27 November 2013: The TFTP agreement between the European Union and the United States came into force on 1 August 2010 – replacing a previous interim Agreement. Such international agreement on financial messaging data transfers to the U.S.

Frequently asked questions: The EU-US agreement on the transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data

27 November 2013: In 2011 the EU and the US agreed on a new PNR Agreement regulating the transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) by air carriers to the US. This agreement entered into force on 1 July 2012, replacing the previous one from 2007.

Online threats: survey shows impact of cybercrime

22 November 2013: Internet users in the EU are very concerned about cyber-security, according to a Eurobarometer survey published today. 76% agree that the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime has increased in the past year, more than in a similar study from 2012.

Joint Press Statement following the EU-US-Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting of 18 November 2013 in Washington

18 November 2013: European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding and Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, representing the European Commission; Lithuanian Minister of Justice Juozas Bernatonis and Lithuanian Vice Minister of Interior Elvinas Jankevicius representing the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU; Greek Minister of Justice, Transparency and...

EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial meeting: 18 November in Washington, D.C.

18 November 2013: The European Union and the United States will meet in Washington, DC on 18 November 2013 to discuss issues of common interest in the field of justice and home affairs. Vice-President Viviane Reding, EU Justice Commissioner, and Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home...

Commission reports on the border situation in La Línea (Spain) and Gibraltar (UK)

15 November 2013: Commission Today the European Commission sent letters to the authorities of Spain and the United Kingdom addressing the issues raised by the border and customs controls between Spain and Gibraltar.

Commission assesses the implementation of Visa Liberalisation Action Plans by Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia

15 November 2013: Commission Ahead of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius Summit on 28-29 November the Commission is issuing three progress reports on the implementation by Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia of their respective Visa Liberalisation Action Plans (VLAP).

Commissioner Malmström welcomes agreement on migrant seasonal workers

29 October 2013: "I very much welcome the agreement on the 'Seasonal workers Directive', reached between the Parliament and the Council. After more than 3 years of negotiations a good solution has been found, harmonising the conditions of entry and residence and the rights of migrant...

Statement by Commissioner Malmström on the European Parliament's resolution on the EU-US TFTP agreement

23 October 2013: We take note of the resolution and of the European Parliament’s request to suspend the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme Agreement (TFTP). We have already started consultations with the US under the TFTP Agreement to verify the allegations of access to financial messaging data...

Commissioner Malmström welcomes the European Parliament report on organised crime, corruption, and money laundering

23 October 2013: Today the European Parliament adopted the final report of the special CRIM Committee on organised crime, corruption, and money laundering. EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström said: "I am pleased with the work carried out by the European Parliament for which the...

Time for stronger EU action against gun violence

21 October 2013: Over the last few years, tragic gun attacks in Europe have repeatedly caught our attention, notably in Norway, Belgium, Finland, France or Italy to mention but a few.

Reducing gun violence: the way forward

21 October 2013: What is the extent of the problem? Most legally-held firearms are used for legitimate purposes by law-abiding people. While the number of legally-held civilian firearms is estimated at 80 million in the EU, there are no precise statistics on the many firearms in...

Statement by Commissioner Malmström on EU Anti-Trafficking Day

17 October 2013: On the eve of the 7th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström made the following statement: "At a time when growing numbers of victims are being identified in the EU (IP/13/322 and MEMO/13/331), we must send a loud and clear...

'Migrants in Europe' competition: Italian, Belgian and Estonian schools awarded prizes

15 October 2013: Yesterday, Commissioner Cecilia Malmström unveiled the winners of the EU-wide multimedia competition 'Migrants in Europe' launched to invite students from art, graphic and communication schools all over the EU to reflect on the contribution migrants make to European societies.

Statement by EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström, on the boat capsized in the channel of Sicily

11 October 2013: I am following with sadness and anxiety the rescue operations currently on-going by the Maltese and Italian authorities to assist the people from a boat that capsized in the Mediterranean.

Cecilia Malmström welcomes the European Parliament's vote on EUROSUR

10 October 2013: European Commission MEMO Brussels, 9 October 2013 Today the European Parliament adopted a Commission's proposal for a Regulation establishing the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR): "I welcome today's vote by the European Parliament which paves the way for the entry into operation of EUROSUR, before the end of the year.