Our security environment is volatile. The leaders of the G7 met in Taormina and issued a clear call to action against terrorism.Terrorism has become global. It requires a global response.
As announced by President Juncker in his 2017 State of the Union Address, the Commission is today presenting alongside its 11th Security Union Report a set of operational and practical measures to better defend EU citizens against terrorist threats and deliver a Europe that protects. The measures aim to address vulnerabilities exposed by recent attacks and will support Member States in protecting public spaces and help deprive terrorists of the means to act.
Σήμερα, περισσότερο από ποτέ, πρέπει να συνεχίσουμε να υπερασπιζόμαστε το ανοικτό πνεύμα και την ανεκτικότητα. Ταυτόχρονα, θα πρέπει να διασφαλίσουμε την προστασία των πολιτών μας. Η ουσία της Σένγκεν είναι ένας ασφαλής, αλλά ταυτόχρονα, και ανοικτός χώρος, χωρίς ελέγχους στα εσωτερικά σύνορα.
At the same time, solidarity and the sharing of responsibility have to be real. We cannot leave the bulk of the responsibility – whether in law or practice – to a few Member States only.
This Council is very important, one more crucial Council is going to take place today. We have to discuss very important issues. We shall start with our Common European Asylum System; it has to be finalised by the end of the year. Then the discussions about resettlement, the security issues and above all that the fight against terrorism, and Schengen.
On migration: we have come a long way, but much remains to be done. It is unfortunate that we needed a crisis in order to adopt and implement solidarity measures that this House has been always advocating for. But the important thing is to advance in a united way and now achieve sustainable migration management while completing our strategy.
It is a pleasure to be in Slovenia once again and I would like to thank Minister Vesna Györkös Žnidar for her warm welcome. We had the chance to discuss many common priority issues today that I will also have the chance later to raise with Prime Minister Miro Cerar.
We live in turbulent times. We are experiencing instability in our own societies, but also in our neighbourhoods, across borders. Instability that is causing certain people to flee, but also instability that both generates and is generated by violence. Today, all these challenges are global.
It is good to be back in Zagreb, in Croatia. A key Member State and an important partner for us when it comes to tackling the common challenges of migration, border management and security together.
The situation in Greece has clearly improved over the last two years thanks to the coordinated efforts of the Commission, Member States and, of course, the Greek authorities. But we must remain vigilant
More than two years after we presented the European Agenda on Migration, we can see the tangible, positive results of European, united and joint efforts. Irregular migration flows to both Greece and Italy have been drastically reduced.
The internet is one of the greatest achievements of humanity. But when this great medium of our era is abused for the foul purposes of terrorism, we need to act. The consensus we are starting to build around this issue is crucial.
It is now proven beyond doubt, that cyberspace is one more battleground against organised crime and terrorism – whichever form this takes.