The first four months of the “migration compacts”

The first four months of the “migration compacts”

Just a few lines, after one full day at work in Brussels. This morning I presented the first Commission’s report on the “migration compacts” we are working on, which will also be the starting point for our discussion at the European Council on Thursday. In four months of cooperation with five key countries – Niger, Mali, Senegal, Nigeria and Ethiopia – we have already begun to achieve better results than in the previous years. New projects to creare good jobs, a higher number of voluntary returns, a stronger cooperation with the security forces of the relevant countries. Concrete results, showing that win-win solutions are indeed possible: for the sake of us Europeans, for the sake of our African partners, but first and foremost for the sake of the men and women who leave their homes in search for a better future. Here is my press conference presenting the report.

Today I also met with the Foreign Minister of Qatar, Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, and we have agreed to increase our cooperation on Syria. We discussed the dramatic situation in Aleppo, the work to deliver humanitarian aid to the city, and the need to get the main regional actors together, to start working on the future of Syria: a political transition, reconciliation, reconstruction.

I then chaired the European Union-Iraq Cooperation Council, together with Foreign Minister Ibrahim al Jafaari, with representatives of all sectors of the Iraqi society. It is a crucial moment for Iraq, as the international coalition against Daesh is fighting for the liberation of Mosul. In these years the European Union has constantly supported the stabilisation of the areas liberated from Daesh, to let the Iraqis go back to their homes and their lives. Today we discussed the work we will continue to do together, in Mosul and in the whole of Iraq. Here is the press conference after the EU-Iraq Council.