Ahead of the October European Council, the EU Commission presented on 16 October the progress report on the European Agenda on Migration, with focus on steps taken by the EU, and the challenges to be addressed.

“These past years have shown that only together as a Union we are capable of responding to extreme circumstances”, said EU Commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos.

“Over the past years we have built an EU external migration policy when there was none. We have developed new partnerships and strengthened the old ones, starting with the African Union and the United Nations”, said the Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini.

When the migration crisis broke out in 2015, the EU took immediate action to face the challenges through common European solutions, and with new tools for efficient coordination. The Union is now ready to provide operational and financial support to its states, manage the external borders and team up with outside countries.

The report, however, concludes that more even efforts are needed to make EU’s migration policy truly effective and resilient, especially in the key areas of search and rescue efforts, in improving the conditions in the Eastern Mediterranean and in tackling the effects of the violent conflicts in Libya.