Calais and European migration priorities: Joint statement by First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Avramopoulos
EU News 228/2015
Brussels, 20 August 2015
We welcome today's declaration of the British and French authorities to intensify their cooperation in relation to the migration situation in Calais. On such cross border challenges, the Commission supports the strengthening of cooperation between Member States and will continue to play its role in supporting the Member States when exercising their responsibilities in the area of freedom, security and justice.
The very operational measures announced today in Calais by French Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and UK Home Secretary Theresa May will help speed up the processing of the asylum seekers and ensure the swift return of the irregular migrants. These measures contribute to achieving the objectives of the European Agenda on Migration put forward by the Commission. They put into practice the common approach agreed in the European Council.
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File Photo: Dimitris Avramopoulos at the podium Date: 14/08/2015 Reference: P-028925/00-03 Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont (C)EU, 2015 URL