The High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos in Washington, D.C. this weekThe High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos in Washington, D.C. this week
The High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos in Washington, D.C. this week
This week, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, and the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos will be in Washington, D.C. Today, Commissioner Avramopoulos is in Washington, D.C. to meet the new U.S. administration. He will reaffirm the bonds of a historic partnership between the EU and the US and will discuss the continuation and deepening of transatlantic cooperation on security matters, including the fight against terrorism and cyber threats, as well as the global challenges of migration. The meetings with John F. Kelly, US State Secretary of Homeland Security and Michael T. Flynn, White House National Security Advisor, will take place in Washington, D.C. this afternoon CET. Later today, Commissioner Avramopoulos will also meet Rudolph W. Giuliani, White House National Cyber Security Advisor in New York City. During her visit, which will take place on 9-10 February, HR/VP Mogherini will meet the U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, White House Advisor, Jared Kushner, and U.S. National Security Advisor, Michael T. Flynn. She will also meet several U.S. Senators, including the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Bob Corker, the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator John McCain, and the Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, Senator Ron Johnson. On Friday 10th February, the HR/VP Federica Mogherini will appear at the Atlantic Council to discuss how the European Union can build a strong relationship with the new U.S. administration. Coverage of the visit will be available on EbS. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Adam Kaznowski – Tel.: +32 229 89359; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 80423).
Commissioner Johannes Hahn in Skopje for the Western Balkans 6 Ministerial Meeting , with MD Mayr-Harting
Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations will participate at the Western Balkans 6 Ministerial Meeting in Skopje, on 9 and 10 February. Gathering Ministers of Energy and of Foreign Affairs from the region, the meeting will focus on cooperation in the energy sector - taking stock on progress made - and on ways to advance on the regional electricity market. Participants will also discuss the preparation of the Western Balkan 6 Summit that will take place in Trieste, Italy this July. In the margins of the WB Ministerial, Commissioner Hahn will also sign EU funded facilities with International Financial Institutions on energy efficiency and green economy measures for the WB region. The Commissioner will also meet with civil society representatives and hold bilateral talks with representatives of all parliamentary parties of the host country. Photos and video of the visit will be available on EbS. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Alceo Smerilli – Tel.: +32 229 64887)
Relocation and Resettlement: Member States need to build on encouraging results
Today, the Commission adopted its ninth progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken since 8 December 2016. During the reporting period, Member States have continued to increase their efforts on resettlement offering legal and safe pathways to 13,968 people so far. Regarding relocation, the overall positive trend has also been maintained with an additional 3,813 relocations taking place during the reporting period, and December seeing the highest monthly number so far (1,926). The total number of relocations now stands at 11,966. However, further efforts are still needed from Member States to sustain the progress made and reach the monthly targets set by the Commission of 1,000 relocations from Italy and 2,000 from Greece. Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said: "The past months have seen important progress on both relocation and resettlement. But for our efforts to match the scale of the challenge in both the EU frontline Member States as well as our neighbourhood, more needs to be done, and faster. Relocating all those eligible in Italy and Greece is possible but it takes political will, commitment and perseverance of all Member States to make it happen." A press release and a factsheet are available. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 80423)