Let me start by saying thank you to the Estonian Presidency and more specifically to Interior Minister Andres Anvelt for our constructive discussions today and for the Presidency's unrelenting efforts over the last 6 months. Earlier today, we proposed to the Heads of States and Government a detailed roadmap that includes key actions on all elements for a comprehensive and future-proof migration policy.
I'd like today to express my thanks and my congratulations to the President of JHA Council, a good friend, the Minister of Interior of Estonia,. Today I will debrief the ministers on the outcome of the yesterday's third internet forum that took place here in Brussels with the participation of the major internet providers, Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft.
Da'esh may have lost its territorial centre of gravity, Raqqa – but on the internet it is still present. It is a presence which is clandestine and infectious, spreading from bogus social media accounts, from one platform to another, with a message of hate, a nihilist interpretation of Islam and detailed instructions on how to kill innocent citizens.
I call on all our stakeholders and partners to join forces and work together more closely so we don't have to witness anymore in the 21st century something which belongs in the dark past of the humanity.
We all know that security is at the very top not only of the European, but also of the global policy agenda. Along with migration, it is also among the top concerns of European citizens today. These are issues that touch the lives of our citizens on a daily basis. Greece has been in the eye of the storms brewing in our neighbourhood.
This Summit has become an important forum for dialogue and understanding of different stakeholders on the most pressing challenges of our time. I would like in this context to thank the organizers for having given to me this opportunity to share my views at this event.
But the economic figures are less important than the symbolism of what we celebrate today. One of the key symbols of European solidarity in practice today is set in the country where Solidarność was born.
The discussion focused specifically on the importance of operational cooperation and effective information sharing. The two sides noted the importance of collecting, using, and sharing airline passenger information, including Passenger Name Record (PNR) data, to detect and disrupt threats, and discussed the state of play of the implementation of the EU PNR framework, which will be in place by May 2018
Today we present the consolidated progress that we have been making in managing migration on all fronts. The total number of arrivals along the main migratory routes has gone down by 63% compared to last year, and we are trying to gradually exit the crisis mode.
With over 34,400 new resettlement pledges received so far, I welcome the strong commitment shown by Member States to reduce irregular and dangerous routes and enhance safe and legal pathways, showing solidarity with host countries outside the EU.
The EU has engaged closely with all the origin, transit and other destination countries, in several fields including: the improvement of migration management, in the fight against smugglers and traffickers, in assisting stranded migrants, and on addressing root causes of migration.
Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos will be in Bern, Switzerland on 12 and 13 November to participate in the third Ministerial Conference on the Central Mediterranean Migration Route, hosted by the Swiss Confederation this time.
I would like to start by congratulating AIRPOL for convening this Congress, and to thank the government of Cyprus, and the Cyprus Police, for this highly topical discussion: We live in volatile and unpredictable times.