Brussels – Senior officials from the European Union (EU) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) met in Brussels today (07/10) to discuss continued cooperation on pressing issues EU and Global Migration under the EU-IOM Strategic Cooperation Framework, now in its ninth year.
In a year marked by war in Ukraine, the widespread effects of climate change and the deepening energy, food and cost of living crisis, IOM Director General António Vitorino highlighted the importance of multilateral cooperation to address the mobility dimension of these issues for the highest standard.
“The challenges and opportunities of international migration are obvious and should unite rather than divide,” said IOM Director General Vitorino. “We join the EU with the conviction that only through international cooperation and partnerships can we hope to meet growing humanitarian needs and advance the goal of safe, orderly, regular and dignified migration based on human rights.”
Discussions at the EU-IOM Senior Officials Meeting focused on key issues, including the evolution of EU migration policy, the war in Ukraine and the response in neighboring countries, the effects of climate change on human mobility, the IOM-EU partnership and the prospects for cooperation in the field, also within the framework of Team Europe approaches.
The EU-IOM meeting was organized by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) on behalf of the EU. Alongside IOM Director General António Vitorino and senior IOM officials were senior representatives from the European External Action Service (EEAS), the Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME), the Directorate General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA), and the Directorate General for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR).
In July 2012, the EU and IOM established a strategic cooperation framework to strengthen collaboration on issues of migration, development, humanitarian response and human rights. This was based on the common interest of both partners in bringing the benefits of well-managed international migration to migrants and to society. Today’s meeting, the eighth of its kind since the launch of the EU-IOM Strategic Cooperation Framework, was one of the high-level discussions advancing cooperation between the two organizations on these issues.
Together, the EU and its Member States are the main contributors to the IOM budget. Between 2015 and 2021, the European Commission and IOM collaborated worldwide on nearly 700 projects worth approximately €2.9 billion.
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