European Commission presents a European Agenda on Migration

Today, the European Commission presented 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. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “The tragic loss of life in the Mediterranean has shocked all Europeans. Our citizens expect Member States and European institutions to act to prevent this tragedy from continuing unabated.” High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini said: “With this bold agenda, the European Union has proven itself ready to address the plight of those escaping from wars, persecution and poverty. Migration is a shared responsibility of all Member States and all Member States are called now to contribute to tackling this historical challenge.” Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said: “In a spirit of greater solidarity, we are determined to implement a comprehensive approach that will improve significantly the management of migration in Europe.” A press release and memo will also be available, together with a glossary, overview summary, and thematic and country fact sheets.