The European Union is on the “right track” as regards managing migration flows and protecting the bloc’s external borders, but the challenges and risk factors remain, according to European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans.
Presenting four progress reports on actions taken under the European Agenda on Migration, Timmermans said: “All EU actors have worked hard together to manage migration flows, to protect our external borders and to support the frontline member states. We’re on the right track and the results can be seen on the ground. However, the challenges and risk factors of migration remain. So, we must continue to improve our work to save lives, to put in place safe and legal pathways for those who deserve protection and to return those who have no right to stay.”
In turn, the EU’s High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini said the EU is advancing towards a system to jointly and sustainably manage, in full respect of human rights, a situation which requires strong partnership.
“We are finally on the right path – we need to continue to work with consistency and determination,” she said.
According to European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, intra-EU solidarity is important. “With the relocation programme delivering results and almost all registered applicants having been relocated from Greece and Italy,” he said. “This success now needs to be sustained on all these fronts.”
The European Commission also welcomed this week’s ruling by the European Court of Justice that confirms the validity of the second Council Decision on relocation and dismissed the actions brought by Slovakia and Hungary.