The European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos is on a one-day official visit to Malta. This morning Mr Avramopoulos visited the headquarters of the European Asylum Support Office in Valletta and during a press point given together with Dr Robert Visser, EASO's Executive Director, presented the findings of two EASO actions conducted within the framework of the Task Force Mediterranean: the pilot project on information gathering in Malta and Italy on the phenomenon of facilitation of irregular migrants and the EASO pilot project on joint processing activities in the field of asylum.
Following two years of solid decreases in the number of people killed on Europe's roads, the first reports on road deaths in 2014 are disappointing. According to the figures released today, the number of road fatalities has decreased by approximately 1% compared to 2013. This follows on the 8% decrease in 2012 and 2013. The figures reveal a total of 25 700 road deaths in 2014 across all 28 Member States of the EU. Whilst this is 5700 fewer than in 2010, it falls short of the intended target decrease.
Date: Friday 27 March
Venue: Europe House, Valletta
Date: Monday 9 March
Venue: Malta Chamber of Commerce, Valletta