(13 May 2015) – 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.
This Agenda sets out a European response, combining internal and external policies, making best use of EU agencies and tools, and involving all actors: Member States, EU institutions, International Organisations, civil society, local authorities and third countries.
There is political consensus in the European Parliament and the European Council following the recent tragedies in the Mediterranean to mobilise all efforts and tools at our disposal to take immediate action to prevent more people from dying at sea. Today the Commission has set out the concrete and immediate actions it will take.
Looking forward, the European Agenda on Migration develops President Juncker’s Political Guidelines into a set of initiatives, based around four pillars:
- Reducing the incentives for irregular migration;
- Securing external borders;
- A strong common asylum policy;
- A new policy on legal migration.