The Dialogue will cover all migration-related issues, from the fight against smuggling and trafficking to the promotion of legal channels of migration and mobility, and from the prevention of irregular migration to the protection of asylum seekers and refugees, in a comprehensive and balanced approach. It will contribute to identifying joint EU-Egypt initiatives with a view to addressing common migration challenges both in the short and longer term. It will promote mutual understanding and information-sharing, exchange of best practices and expertise, as well as capacity building.
Commissioner Avramopoulos said: "Egypt is a strategic partner for the EU on many fronts. We share a common interest in securing sustainable stability and security in Egypt and the surrounding region, as well as in managing migration better together. Today we make an important step ahead in EU-Egypt cooperation for the coming years, which is equally beneficial for our societies as well as for the migrants themselves."
The Egypt-EU Migration Dialogue fits into the EU-Egypt Partnership Priorities 2017-2020 that were jointly adopted in July 2017. The Dialogue will facilitate a closer strategic engagement and cooperation on migration between both sides. It embeds the issue of migration within the overall bilateral relationship between Egypt and the European Union, seeking coherence with other priority areas on economic reform, social and economic development. The Dialogue takes into account the existing processes on migration, including the Khartoum Process and the follow-up to the November 2015 Valletta Summit through implementation of the Summit's Political Declaration and Action Plan.
The 1st meeting of the Dialogue focused on the following main areas:
The first meeting of the Egypt-EU Migration Dialogue confirmed the common interest and mutual benefit for the EU and Egypt to work more closely together on migration, seizing the many opportunities that it represents while tackling the challenges together, in a comprehensive and balanced approach. On the eve of International Migrants Day, Egypt and the EU confirmed their commitment to work more closely together to defend and protect the rights of migrants around the world and work towards safe, regular and orderly migration.