DG Speeches


EU Migration Policy in Light of the Schengen Enlargement

The Director General of the ICMPD, Mr Peter Widermann, participated at the public hearing hosted by the EPP Group in the European Parliament in Brussels on 7 September 2011. The hearing was organised against the background of ongoing discussions on enlargement of Schengen by the accession of Bulgaria and Romania. The Minister of Interior of Bulgaria and the Minister of Interior and Administration of Romania presented measures which the two countries have taken in order to strengthen their migration policy and to meet criteria required for joining the Schengen area. The representatives of the EU institutions in their statements referred more to principles and rules of Schengen in general, admitting that current system has certain weaknesses and has to be revised.


After short introduction of the ICMPD, Mr Widermann stressed that Schengen should not be viewed as solely 'migration issue', but seen as the enhancement for security and cooperation and even improvement for social and economic potential, not only that of Bulgaria and Romania, but also of other EU Member States. On the other side, the opposition to the aspirations of Bulgaria and Romania is based on fears of organised crime, recent migration pressures and internal political considerations in several EU Member States. He also noted that the focus on reality and positive aspects of the most recent Schengen enlargement can help to fight negative emotions which stem from misinformation and lack of trust.


The full text of the speech delivered by Mr Widermann can be accessed here here.


Conference on the Role of Migration in the Development of post-Revolution Tunisia

The meeting brought together representatives from a broad range of Tunisian ministries and agencies with delegates from European states and international organisations and aimed to provide a forum for free and open exchange on the current challenges and opportunities facing Tunisia in the area of migration. It was organised with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and Czech Ministry of Interior.


The Director General of the ICMPD, Mr Peter Widermann, delivered a keynote speech. The full text of the speech delivered by Mr Widermann can be accessed here.


European Day for Border Guards, Warsaw – 25 May 2011

The Director General of the ICMPD, Mr Peter Widermann, delivered a keynote speech at the main conference of the European Day for Border Guards in Warsaw, on 25 May 2011. Organised by Frontex, the aim of the conference was to address the opportunities and challenges arising from the evolving transition process in North Africa and the Middle East. As an international organisation with long standing operational and policy experience in both Europe and the Arab-Mediterranean region, the ICMPD was invited to present its views on the current situation, and to provide policy recommendations in addressing the emerging migration trends in North Africa and the Middle East.

The full text of the speech delivered by Mr Widermann can be accessed here here.


5+5 Dialogue on Migration in the Western Mediterranean - 7th Ministerial Conference

Tripoli, 13 December 2010 – On invitation of Libya’s General People’s Committee for Public Security (Ministry of Interior), the ICMPD’s Director General, Mr Peter Widermann, participated at the 7th Ministerial Conference of the 5+5 Dialogue on Migration in the Western Mediterranean, which was held in Tripoli on 12 and 13 December 2010.

In his key note speech to the Conference, Mr Widermann reaffirmed the ICMPD’s role within the context of Mediterranean migration, and highlighted the central elements of addressing irregular migration altogether. 'It lies at the core of our mandate to support countries in effectively dealing with the consequences and challenges brought about by the movement of people between countries, between continents' he said before the 10 delegates to the 5+5 Dialogue, namely Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania, Morocco, France, Malta, Spain, Portugal, and Italy.

The full text of the speech delivered by  Mr Widermann’s can be accessed here