This will ensure air carriers provide EU Member States with data on passengers entering or departing from the EU — an important part of EU security policy.In parallel, in 2015 our continent witnessed the greatest mass movement of people seen since the Second World War, as hundreds of thousands of refugees from conflict zones began to arrive in Europe.As the impact of the Greek crisis continues to be felt in the euro area and throughout the European economy and society, I would, however, like to see the programme we agreed respected by every Greek government, past, present and future.
Together with the Member States we needed to reduce the risk of such brutal attacks becoming a recurring phenomenon.
The European agenda on security, which was adopted in April, set out how the EU contributes to a more effective and coordinated approach to fighting terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime.
Today over 23 million people are unemployed in the European Union. There is a clear need to invest in Europe’s sources of jobs and growth, notably in our single market, and to complete our economic and monetary union to create the conditions for a lasting recovery. For example, the €315 billion investment plan is now up and running, and should generate more than 2 million jobs.
The first projects have already been launched and many more will follow.
We tripled our presence in the Mediterranean Sea, helping to save lives.
We fought back against the criminal networks of smugglers and traffickers.Over 1 million people took the long and dangerous journey, the vast majority fleeing from war and terror in Afghanistan, Eritrea, Libya and Syria.Earlier this year the Commission put forward a comprehensive migration policy and took immediate steps to manage the crisis.Under the Commission’s leadership Member States agreed rules to relocate and resettle hundreds of thousands of people in clear need of international protection.The EU agencies continue to help the often overburdened national authorities in the most affected Member States to identify, screen and fingerprint incoming migrants, speed up the processing of asylum seekers and coordinate the return of those who do not qualify for protection. What progress it made in delivering on its priorities?