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The European Union and Afghanistan have launched, in the framework of the inaugural Joint EU-Afghanistan Committee, a new phase of cooperation and partnership aiming to bolster security, good governance, economic growth and human rights.

Have you obtained a short-stay ‘Schengen’ visa over the past 5 years, or would you like to make your voice heard on how these visas are issued? The European Commission (hereinafter the 'Commission') is reviewing the procedures for issuing 'Schengen' visas and would like to hear your views on them. The idea is to modernise the current visa policy and your input via this public consultation will help us to make the right changes.

On 15 December 2016, the European Union, through the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), and with contributions from Germany (€48 million) and Italy (€22 million), launched a joint initiative with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support the efforts of partner countries in Africa.

On the occasion of International Migrant Day on 18 December, Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, and Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, made the following statement:

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The EU and the UN Migration Agency, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), launched one year ago a joint initiative for migrant protection and reintegration.

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The Council finalised preparations for the European Council of 14-15 December 2017 by discussing draft conclusions. At their meeting EU leaders will focus on: defence, where they are expected to welcome the launch of the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) and to review progress in other fields, in particular EU-NATO cooperation; social issues, education and culture, adopting conclusions which build on the discussions held at the Social Summit in Gothenburg and the Leaders' Agenda debate on culture and education; external relations, addressing the latest foreign policy developments; and migration, holding as part of the Leaders' Agenda a debate on the way forward in this field.

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