Statistics published by the European Commission show that 15.2 million applications for short-stay visas were lodged at Schengen States' consulates in 2016, resulting in 14 million issued visas. The number of applications was 1.6% less than in 2015, declining for the third year in a row.
Today, the Commission adopted its eleventh progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken since 2 March 2017.
Over the past two years, a growing number of children in migration have arrived in the EU, many of them without their families.
As of today, Member States are obliged to carry out systematic checks against relevant databases on EU citizens who are crossing the EU's external borders, in addition to the systematic checks already being carried out on all third-country nationals entering the Schengen zone.
Nine months after the launch of the No More Ransom (NMR) project, an ever-growing number of law enforcement and private partners have joined the initiative, allowing more victims of ransomware to get their files back without paying the criminals.
What do the latest data tell us about the European drug market? What are the new trends in drug use among European adults and school students? What are the harms associated with drug use and what is being done to counter them?
Yesterday, Commissioner Avramopoulos met with the Bulgarian Minister of the Interior, Plamen Uzunov, the Romanian Minister of the Interior, Carmen-Daniela Dan, the Croatian Minister of Interior, Vlaho Orepic, the Polish Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jan Dziedziczak and the Cypriot Deputy Perm
The Commission is today proposing a new EU Action Plan on Drugs for the period 2017-2020.
Today, Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, and the Polish government signed the headquarters agreement, which defines the legal status for the agency and its employees in Poland.
Today, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos together with the Maltese Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, Mr Carmelo Abela, representing the Presidency of the Council of the EU, and the Estonian Minister of the Interior, Mr Andres Anvelt, rep
Ahead of the European Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioners Dimitris Avramopoulos, Vera Jourová and Julian King said: "We remember and honour the victims of all terrorist atrocitie
The European Commission has funded a special education programme that has helped 2,500 refugee and migrant children get back to school in Greece. The project is carried out by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which receives funding from the EU's Emergency Support Instrument.
Ahead of next week's European Council, President Juncker has written a letter to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk outlining a package of measures on migration which were adopted by the College today.
After the Malta Summit of 3 February 2017 highlighted the need for a review of EU return policy, the Commission is today following through with a renewed EU Action Plan on Return and a set of recommendations to Member States on how to make return procedures more effective.
In the form of three progress reports, the Commission is today making a renewed call on Member States to pick up the pace of relocation to alleviate pressure from Italy and Greece, with few having met their commitments in full.
Today, the Commission and the High Representative/Vice-President are reporting for the third time on the progress made under the Migration Partnership Framework and are presenting the first steps taken to implement actions along the Central Mediterranean Route, as laid out in the Malta Declaratio
Today, the Commission presented its fifth report on progress made towards an effective and sustainable Security Union.
On 22 February, the Seahorse Project Steering Group – DG HOME, EEAS and other EU services on different initiatives aimed to increase the capacity of the Libyan Coast Guard - met in Brussels at the offices of DG HOME for a day-long cooperation seminar.
Today, in Tbilisi Georgia, Commissioner Avramopouloshas welcomed the adoption by the Council of the Commission's proposal for visa liberalisation for Georgia. During his visit, Commissioner Avramopoulos has met with President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.