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EU Court dismisses challenge to migrant quota scheme 07 September 2017, 00:29 CET
The EU Court of Justice dismissed Wednesday cases brought by Slovakia and Hungary against the European Union's provisional mechanism for the mandatory relocation of asylum seekers.

EU plans better protection for migrant children 18 April 2017, 19:07 CET
With a growing number of children in migration arriving in the EU over the past two years, many without their families, the EU has set out actions to reinforce the protection of migrant children at all stages of the process.

New travel system to tighten security at EU borders 17 November 2016, 18:12 CET
Travellers coming into the EU will have to obtain prior authorisation, and pay a charge, under a new European Travel Information and Authorisation System unveiled Wednesday.

Border controls extended 3 months 14 November 2016, 23:44 CET
The EU has extended controls at certain internal Schengen borders - Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Norway, where controls already take place - for a further three months.

First report on progress towards an effective and sustainable Security Union 13 October 2016, 17:16 CET
The European Commission's first of a series of monthly reports on progress towards an effective and sustainable Security Union outlines EU efforts in the fight against terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime and the work undertaken to strengthen the EU's resilience against these threats. It also highlights the priority areas where more work is needed and sets out concrete operational measures for the months to come.

Bulgaria to receive EUR 108m for refugee crisis 20 September 2016, 15:42 CET
The European Commission has fast-tracked requests from the Bulgarian authorities for emergency funding of EUR 108m to help the country manage the influx of refugees on its external borders.

Security: EU plan to strengthen external borders 14 September 2016, 19:54 CET
The European Commission set out on 14 September how the European Union can enhance security in Europe by improving the exchange of information in the fight against terrorism and strengthening external borders.

EU confirms agreement on European Border and Coast Guard 23 June 2016, 22:52 CET
The EU confirmed Wednesday a compromise text agreed with the European Parliament on the proposed regulation on the European Border and Coast Guard.

New EU-wide border system moves a step closer 01 June 2016, 12:36 CET
The setting up of an integrated EU border management system moved a step forward Monday as MEPs in committee backed plans for a flagship European Border and Coast Guard agency.

Roadmap Back to Schengen: Commission assessment of Action Plan prepared by Greece 13 April 2016, 22:39 CET
The European Commission adopted on 12 April its assessment of the Action Plan presented by the Greek authorities which details how Greece plans to address the deficiencies in its external border management. Greece’s Action Plan is its roadmap for implementing the recommendations made by the Council on how to address deficiencies identified in the management of Greece’s portion of the EU external border. The Commission's assessment finds that significant progress has been made by Greece but that further improvements to the Action Plan and its implementation are needed in order to comprehensively address the deficiencies identified. Today’s assessment constitutes another stage in the process set out by the Commission on the Roadmap 'Back to Schengen' which seeks to end temporary internal border controls and re-establish the normal functioning of the Schengen area before the end of the year.

New Entry-Exit System for non-EU nationals at EU borders 06 April 2016, 19:16 CET
The European Commission presented on 6 April a revised proposal for a Regulation on the establishment of an Entry-Exit System to speed-up, facilitate and reinforce border check procedures for non-EU nationals travelling to the EU. The Entry-Exit System will modernise external border management by improving the quality and efficiency of controls and support Member States with the increasing numbers of travellers entering and exiting the EU. The legislative proposal is part of the broader 'Smart Borders Package', addressing the role of information systems in enhancing external border management, internal security and the fight against terrorism and organised crime.

Options for reforming the Common European Asylum System 06 April 2016, 17:27 CET
The European Commission launched on 6 April the process for a reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), presenting: options for a fair and sustainable system for allocating asylum applicants among Member States; a further harmonisation of asylum procedures and standards to create a level playing field across Europe and thereby reduce pull factors inducing measures to reduce irregular secondary movements; and a strengthening of the mandate of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO). At the same time, the Commission is setting out measures to ensure safe and well-managed pathways for legal migration to Europe.

Implementing the European Agenda on Migration: Commission report 10 February 2016, 13:40 CET
The European Commission reported on 10 February on progress made on measures to tackle the refugee and migration crisis in Italy, Greece and along the Western Balkans Route.

Schengen Evaluation Report on Greece 27 January 2016, 16:00 CET
The College of Commissioners took note on 27 January taken note and discussed a draft Schengen Evaluation Report on Greece, in view of the findings and their significance.

European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa 12 November 2015, 16:33 CET
The European Commission launched on 12 November with other EU Member States and other European donors the EU's Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa.

EU help for refugees 19 June 2015, 15:58 CET
Asylum is granted to people fleeing persecution or serious harm in their own country and therefore in need of international protection. Asylum is a fundamental right; granting it is an international obligation, first recognised in the 1951 Geneva Convention on the protection of refugees . In the EU, an area of open borders and freedom of movement, countries share the same fundamental values and States need to have a joint approach to guarantee high standards of protection for refugees. Procedures must at the same time be fair and effective throughout the EU and impervious to abuse. With this in mind, the EU States have committed to establishing a Common European Asylum System.

European Agenda on Migration - first measures 27 May 2015, 14:12 CET
The European Commission adopted on 27 May the first proposals of its comprehensive approach to improving the management of migration. Following the terrible loss of life in the Mediterranean last month, European leaders made a firm commitment to solidarity amongst Member States to address the common migratory challenges. In these first proposals, the Commission sets out immediate and long-term responses to the migration challenges that Europe faces.

European Agenda on Migration 13 May 2015, 15:12 CET
The European Commission presented on 13 May a European Agenda on Migration outlining the immediate measures that will be taken in order to respond to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean as well as the steps to be taken in the coming years to better manage migration in all its aspects.

EU cooperation with Africa on migration 22 April 2015, 17:21 CET
The College of European Commission welcomed to Brussels on 22 April the College of the African Union Commission for their annual meeting. The meeting was to give fresh impetus in the relationship between the two strategic partners. Migration was a key topic in the light of the recent migrant disasters in the Mediterranean.

Smuggling of Migrants in Europe 04 March 2015, 23:35 CET
The European Commission launched on 4 March work on a comprehensive European Agenda on Migration. The College of Commissioners held a first orientation debate on key actions to step up the EU's efforts to implement the existing tools and cooperation in managing migration flows from third countries. Below is a fact sheet on the Smuggling of Migrants in Europe and the EU's response.

European Migration Policy 04 March 2015, 15:52 CET
For almost twenty years, the European Union has been building the foundations of an overarching and comprehensive migration policy. This memo offers an overview of European actions in this area, which also underscores the need for a comprehensive European Agenda on Migration.

Frontex Operation Triton 31 October 2014, 18:51 CET
Frontex has finalised all preparations for the launch of Joint Operation Triton on November 1st 2014. With a monthly budget of EUR 2,9 million the agency will coordinate the deployment of three open sea patrol vessels, two coastal patrol vessels, two coastal patrol boats, two aircraft, and one helicopter in the Central Mediterranean. The operational area of Triton will cover the territorial waters of Italy as well as parts of the search and rescue (SAR) zones of the both countries. Frontex will operate under the command of the Italian Ministry of Interior, in cooperation with Guardia di Finanza, as well as the Italian Coast Guard.

Turkey: Readmission Agreement and Visa Liberalisation Dialogue 16 December 2013, 11:25 CET
Cecilia Malmström, the EU's Commissioner for Home Affairs has signed, with the Turkish Minister of Interior Muammer Güler, the EU-Turkey readmission agreement, and initiated, jointly with the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu, the EU-Turkey Visa liberalisation dialogue.

EU action in the fields of migration and asylum 04 December 2013, 23:08 CET
The European Union is developing a broad range of policies and instruments to manage the increasing challenge of migration, security of external borders and asylum. It does so in full respect with human rights and fundamental values. EU action complements the competencies and action of Member States who in many cases (such as in the area of residence permits, asylum decisions, reception of refugees, external border management etc.) retain exclusive competences. This memo provides an overview of current activities.

Lampedusa follow-up: concrete actions to prevent loss of life in the Mediterranean and better address migratory and asylum flows 04 December 2013, 22:58 CET
The European Commission today proposed ways to increase solidarity and mutual support in order to prevent migrants' death in the Mediterranean, in a follow-up to the tragedy in Lampedusa, one of the many Europe has witnessed in recent years, which prompted an unprecedented call for action by EU leaders and citizens.