The first day of Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting is taking discussion on security a step further, as new challenges emerge at the aftermath of last week’s London attack.
Dimitris Avramopoulos, Member of the EC in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, offered his condolences and thoughts to victims and Londoners, giving the agenda of Monday’s ministerial meeting.
“Home-grown radicalisation stands on top of our agenda, it is one of the biggest challenges we are confronted with,” said Avramopoulos.
On migration issues, Avramopoulos repeated: On relocation, no more excuses. It is the moment for all member states to deliver by the end of September.” According to the Commissioner, efficient migration policy comes with four pillars: The EU needs to keep doors open and “provide protection for ones in real need”. The three more pillars require the return of the ones who do not have the right to stay in Europe, the further strengthening of external borders and cooperation with third countries.
“Three days ago, hundreds people lost their lives,” so “if we really want to manage migration we have to work together,” added Avramopoulos, asking again from all sides to stick to the decisions we adopted so far.
Carmelo Abela, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security of Malta, asked from member states to implement the declaration of Malta and step up with relocation, adding that the return policy will also be discussed.
On the issue of returning migrants to Greece, Abela clarified that this is not the case and that the discussion is on how member states will continue helping Greece and Italy, mainly with the relocation mechanism.
Estonian minister of Home Affairs Andres Anvelt, added that sending back people is the key action to reduce the refugee crisis. “We have to steam up our returning mechanism as soon as possible,” said Anvelt on third country returns.
Security over freedom
Federal Minister for Interior of Austria Wolfgang Sobotka puts all his focus to security. “For Austria, is to hold security in a high level, it is a question of the day, which laws can improve to give the best security to population.” You see the attacker in London was a British man, he changed his mind,” concluded Sobotka.