Step­ping up ef­forts to sus­tain progress made in re­duc­ing mi­gra­tory flows im­per­a­tive - Far­ru­gia

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Min­is­ter for Home Af­fairs and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Michael Far­ru­gia, while ad­dress­ing the Jus­tice and Home Af­fairs Coun­cil of the Euro­pean Union in Brus­sels said, “Ef­fec­tive co­op­er­a­tion on mi­gra­tion with rel­e­vant third coun­tries such as Libya and the coun­tries around it re­mains piv­otal. Although the sit­u­a­tion in the Cen­tral Mediter­ranean has sta­bilised, it is im­per­a­tive to con­tinue in step­ping up our ef­forts to sus­tain the progress made in re­duc­ing mi­gra­tory flows.”

The meet­ing’s agenda re­volved on the EU’s re­sponse to mi­gra­tory flows in the Cen­tral Mediter­ranean and the con­stant ter­ror threat in Europe.

Progress on the re­form of the Com­mon Euro­pean Asy­lum Sys­tem and par­tic­u­larly the Dublin Reg­u­la­tion must be made. Min­is­ter Far­ru­gia con­tin­ued by em­pha­sis­ing on the need to re­align the re­turn of mi­grants between Mem­ber States and the Euro­pean Bor­der and Coastal Agency. He pledged Malta’s con­tin­u­ous sup­port in tack­ling the phe­nom­e­non by hon­our­ing its obli­ga­tion as a full Mem­ber State.

On ter­ror­ism, the Min­is­ter ex­pressed sol­i­dar­ity on be­half of the Mal­tese Gov­ern­ment to Spain and Fin­land fol­low­ing ter­ror­ist at­tacks in sum­mer. He stressed on the im­por­tance to re­main vig­i­lant and res­o­lute in com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism by all avail­able means. He em­pha­sised on the im­por­tance of the ex­change of in­for­ma­tion between Mem­ber States, as iso­la­tion would re­sult in vul­ner­a­bil­ity. The Min­is­ter stated that Europe needs to strike the right bal­ance between se­cu­rity needs and the right to pri­vacy. He called on the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion to pro­vide clearer in­for­ma­tion on the next ini­tia­tives it in­tends to adopt on this mat­ter.

In the mar­gins of the Coun­cil, a bi­lat­eral meet­ing was held between Min­is­ter Far­ru­gia and the Com­mis­sioner re­spon­si­ble for Mi­gra­tion, Home Af­fairs and Cit­i­zen­ship, Dim­itris Avramopou­los on mat­ters per­tain­ing to Malta be­ing an is­land in a tur­bu­lent Mediter­ranean sea and on closer co­op­er­a­tion between Malta and the Com­mis­sion.

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