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ICMPD Around the Globe: ICMPD’s Director General speaks at a roundtable, hosted by the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria

13 March 2019

right to left: Mariya Gabirel, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Michael Spindelegger

On 12 March 2019, ICMPD's DG Michael Spindelegger was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion organised by the Committee on Internal Security and Public Order, National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria, in Sofia. The theme of the roundtable was “Migration Management in the Context of the European Elections”.

The roundtable was attended by high-ranking European leaders, including Mariya Gabirel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, alongside Krasimir Tsipov, Deputy Minister of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria. Michael Spindelegger, in his keynote address, emphasized once more the importance of common European and Global initiatives and cooperation in order to effectively take required measures: “The initiatives Europe has launched over the past three years, like the Valletta Action Plan, the Trust Funds, the EU - Turkey Statement or the External Investment Plan, are heading in the right direction. But more of these initiatives will be needed. And they will work only if they entail close cooperation with the partners outside Europe and a recognition of these partners’ needs and interests.”
The event was co-organised by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Hanns Seidel Foundation and moderated by Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Chairman of the Committee on Internal Security and Public Order in the 44th National Assembly, and by Thorsten Geissler, Head of Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Sofia.

Download the full speech of Michael Spindelegger at the roundtable on “Migration Management in the Context of the European Elections” here.