DG Speeches

3rd Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development

The Director General of ICMPD, Mr Peter Widermann, delivered a statement at the 3rd Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development in Dakar, Senegal, on 23 November 2011. The conference, hosted by Senegal, brought together members of the ministries dealing with migration and development issues in Central and Western African countries, the Maghreb and Europe, in addition to other representatives of partner states and institutions in the Rabat Process.

The full text of the speech delivered by Mr Widermann can be accessed in English and in French. Download (EN) Download (FR)

 

17th Meeting of the Budapest Process Senior Officials

The Director General of ICMPD, Mr Peter Widermann, delivered an opening statement at the 17th Senior Officials Meeting of the Budapest Process in Ankara, Turkey on 17 November 2011. In his statement, Mr Widermann focused on the work the Budapest Process has carried out during the past year, especially with the Silk Route countries.

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

 

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.