The AU–EU–UN Tripartite Taskforce on the Situation of Stranded Migrant and Refugees in Libya met this morning in New York in the margins of the high-level General Debate of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.
The European Union and its Member States have progressively put in place a comprehensive external migration policy and strengthened the work along the Central Mediterranean route. Saving and protecting the lives of migrants and refugees, breaking the business model of smugglers and traffickers and providing legal pathways, while addressing the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement: these are the aims at the very heart of the EU's policy.
Fighting and preventing migrant smuggling, and appropriately addressing trafficking in human beings including in the context of migration, are among core priorities of the European Union and a crucial element in providing a comprehensive response to irregular migration. Criminal networks take advantage of people’s despair and use land, sea and air routes to facilitate irregular migration. They put people’s lives at risk and seek in every way to maximise their profits. While trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling are two different crimes and therefore subject to different legal frameworks they are closely interlinked. In recent years, the EU has put in place concrete actions and stepped up cooperation at EU level and with non-EU countries and organisations.
In 2019, the total number of arrivals to Spain via the Western Mediterranean route decreased substantially (44%) in comparison to 2018. This change reflects the effectiveness of efforts made by the EU, in close cooperation with Morocco and Spain. The European Union has implemented an integrated approach in its migration policy, across all migratory routes. This involves saving and protecting people's lives at sea; tackling irregular migration; fighting the business model of smugglers and traffickers, supporting migrants and refugees along the route; and creating legal pathways and economic opportunities as alternatives to irregular migration. This is done in close and mutually beneficial cooperation with partner countries and international organizations.
Two important summits took place in the margins of UNGA this week - The UN Climate Action Summit and the UN Summit on Sustainable Development Goals - where the EU expressed its strong commitment on accomplishing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development towards a peaceful and prosperous world, with human well-being on a healthy planet at its core.
1. A Ministerial meeting of the E3/EU+2 (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom) and Iran, took place on 25 September 2019 in New York to discuss the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The meeting was chaired by EU High Representative F
Today, Major General Antonio Planells Palau was appointed Operation Commander of EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta, starting on 1 October 2019. He takes command from Vice Admiral Antonio Martorell Lacave. Major General Antonio Planells Palau is currently Commandant General of the Spanish Marine Corps and has been serving in the Spanish Navy for more than 41 years.