EU eyes on third countries' efforts for engagment on migration

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-07 01:11:23|Editor: yan
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TALLINN, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Efforts from key third countries were listed for engagement on migration in the face of the urgent action and the coordination of activities to resolve the situation, an EU commissioner said on Thursday.

Responding to a Xinhua question after the joint press conference with Estonian Minister for the Interior Andres Anvelt, Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU commissioner of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, said those countries are included in the EU interior ministers statement, which refers to Libya, Niger and Mali.

Comprehensive and holistic approaches on migration pressure and the crisis comprise the providing of adequate funding for the North Africa Window of the EU Trust Fund for which sustainability for 2018 and beyond should be ensured through significant additional contributions, including from the member states, according to the press statement.

Estonia reaffirmed that during the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, it will continue to reform discussions on asylum policy and that the most important thing is to think about the future and find sustainable solutions, which will work both today and in 10 years, said Anvelt.

One of the main issues for the Estonian Presidency from July 1 until Dec. 31 this year is the cross-usage of European Union databases, as the need for the swift movement of fresh information runs through all topics.

Swift data exchange between multiple databases within the European Union is crucial for the protection of both the community's external border and internal security, Anvelt noted.

The number of migrants has sharply increased in Italy this year, with Italian ports having received one-fifth more migrants across the Central Mediterranean than in the same period last year, according to the ministers.

The two-day informal meeting of justice and home affairs ministers of EU member states focuses on the security and safety of Europe.