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This has been a very long process. A huge majority of people in Europe are in favor of Europe, but there are concerns and we need to engage with them. The Commission cannot do that alone.
I draw no conclusions for Brexit from this.
The U.S. election will naturally bring the negotiations to a pause and we will resume after with the new administration.
Some of the experiences, some of the procedures that we have experienced with CETA, will also be reflected in our work on TTIP.
We will have more time to do this. We are quite confident that it is perfectly in line with European law.
In fact it's the best (agreement) the EU has ever negotiated.
Yes there has to be an agreement. Our Canadian friends need to know whether they should book their ticket or not.
There are lots of things to discuss with our Canadian friends but if we don't manage to have this trade agreement there will not be (a visit by Trudeau) at this occasion.
There is a round planned for begining of October in New York, and we will try to make as much as progress as possible.
If it is not good enough we just have to say 'Sorry but we have to put this on ice' and wait for the next administration. Obviously we lose time and momentum but we cannot agree to TTIP-lite or something that's not good enough.
First you exit then you negotiate.
The Frontex Plus operation will substitute, take over Mare Nostrum, even if it will not be to the same extent. Mare Nostrum has been a very ambitious operation and we don't know if we can find the means to do exactly what Italy has done.
76 percent of Europeans think that corruption is widespread in their own country. More than half of Europeans think the level of corruption in their country has increased over the past three years. One in twelve Europeans has experienced or witnessed corruption in the last twelve months, and four out of ten European companies consider corruption to be an obstacle for doing business in the EU.
We are building with the European Parliament very strong checks and controls and embedded it with a lot of security to have under certain conditions a check weather a name is in or not, if that person is wanted for very serious crime or terrorism.
I think it sends a bad signal to the increasing number of human trafficking victims.
If we want to be credible in our efforts to fight cybercrime we need better legislation, more resources and better coordination. We have already advanced quite a lot but we need to do much more.
The internet provides a rapid and secure means of communication for consumers and criminals. It is also developing as a virtual market place. That means that new trends are global and diffuse faster than before.
Under exceptional circumstances if a country cannot protect their borders that affects all the European Union, then there could be temporary suspension of that border, taken jointly by the member states, but no country can be excluded from Schengen.
Only as a very last resort, on a very clearly defined conditions, can there be a possibility to temporarily reinstate border controls, but this needs to be regulated very, very clearly.
There are major differences between member states and this situation is not satisfactory. We need to have a solidarity mechanism but we have to emphasize that together with solidarity comes responsibility.
The individual data that US is looking at has to be related to an investigation. It has to be a person suspected in an investigation on terrorism. They can not just look around to see if they find anything interesting. So your transfers and my transfers will not be interesting for them.
Let me be extremely clear: child pornography is not about freedom of expression. It is a horrendous crime. It is not about circulating an opinion.
Terrorism is an important threat still in the EU and we need to have the tools adequate to fight that threat. The terrorism finance Tracking Program it does enhance the security we have evidences that it is useful not only for US but also for the European Union in order to track and to bring suspected terrorists to justice.
It has to be very clear in all operations where Frontex is involved (and that's the only thing I can influence for the moment), that the responsibility of this (for a Frontex mission) has to be sorted out in advance.
It has nothing against France, which I love, as I love Strasbourg. It's about the costs and efficiency and the legitimacy of the European institutions.