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European External Investment Plan
The EU's External Investment Plan will support more inclusive and sustainable development in Africa and the European Neighbourhood. It will boost public and private investment and thus address some of the obstacles to growth in our partner countries.
Security: EU plan to strengthen external borders
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.
Roadmap Back to Schengen: Commission assessment of Action Plan prepared by Greece
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.
Implementing the European Agenda on Migration: Commission report
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
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 Agenda on Migration - first measures
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.
Smuggling of Migrants in Europe
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.
Frontex Operation Triton
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.
European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR)
The European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) became operational on 2 December 2013. It is hoped EUROSUR will make an important contribution to saving lives of those who put themselves in danger to reach Europe's shores. It is designed to equip the EU and its Member States with better tools to prevent cross-border crimes, such as trafficking in human beings or trafficking in drugs, while at the same time detect and provide assistance to small migrant boats in distress, in full compliance with European and international obligations, including the principle of non-refoulement.
Second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) - 1st pillar regulation
The SIS II Regulation lays down the technical aspects and the operation of the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II), the conditions for issuing alerts on refusal of entry or stay for non-EU nationals, the processing of data relating to the alerts, and conditions of data access and protection. It constitutes the legislative basis for governing SIS II with respect to matters falling under Title IV of the EC Treaty (first pillar).
Schengen: legal instruments governing migration from SIS1+ to SIS II
The legal instruments governing migration from SIS 1+ to SIS II lay down the tasks and responsibilities of the European Commission and the Member States for preparing this migration, including further development and testing of SIS II.