Answer – Migration crisis – E-012804/2015

The Commission maintains that Schengen has to be preserved as one of the key achievements of the European integration.

The European Agenda on Migration underlined that a successful migration policy must work outside as well as inside the Union. The EU has stepped up its diplomatic offensive and intensified cooperation with third-countries to tackle the root causes of this refugee crisis, such as political and economic instability, human rights violations and fragility. Migration is now a top priority in the EU’s external relations. This has also been shown through the commitments to extra funding. The Valetta Summit on Migration (11-12 November 2015) was an opportunity to show that both the EU and its African partners can deliver tangible action to address the root causes and to ensure orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including a strengthened cooperation on return and readmission. Its success is inextricably linked to a joint effort to deliver a major financial commitment to the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.