In Luxembourg today, European ministers of immigration and the interior met for the first day of the Council on Justice and Home Affairs. The state of play of the development of a Common European Asylum System was on the agenda, as was the Commission's recent proposals on labour migration and on combating sexual exploitation of children. Another issue that was discussed was the EU's response to terrorism, in light of the recent security alerts from the United States and other countries on increased risk for terrorist attacks in Europe.
These last couple of weeks, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström has visited both Libya and Greece to discuss asylum and migration. She debriefed the ministers on the situations in the two countries. During the press conference following the Council meeting, she said:
"As you know, many Member States and the Commission are very concerned about the state of the asylum system in Greece. But there is now an action plan and a very strong European willingness to help the Greek authorities to overcome this and to construct a good system according to European norms. There has been a strong show of European solidarity from Member States to contribute to this by expertise, know-how, translators, interpreters, and so on. And there is also money that could be provided for this."