The European Commission is presenting today its vision on the future agenda for Home Affairs: there is a need to fully implement the agreed legislation and existing instruments, and to ensure that the EU is able to respond to opportunities and challenges ahead.
The Stockholm Programme that has framed Home Affairs policies in the years 2010 to 2014 is coming to an end. Significant progress has been made in the past five. But the work is not over yet.
Europe is part of a globalized and interconnected world where international mobility is expected to increase. Some of the main challenges include using the opportunities offered by migration better not least in the context of an ageing population and declining labour force, while preventing and reducing irregular migration and fulfilling EU’s asylum obligations.
To continue building a Europe that protects, there is a need to address new serious security challenges related to cybercrime, cross-border organized crime, trafficking in human beings, violent extremism and terrorism.