Cristina Calabró: The role of the European Commission in shaping EU migration policy

11Mar2019 12:30 - 14:00

Lecture

Among the most pressing contemporary issues facing the EU is that of managing migration in an increasingly complex world and tackling security threats, which are more and more transnational.

Along with support to Member States in managing migrant flows, police cooperation including the sharing of information between various European police bodies and the European agency Europol (European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation) has become just as crucial. Europol is more and more becoming a central hub for tackling cross-border criminal networks and various forms of Organised Crime (OC), including those linked to migration - such as smuggling and human trafficking - as well as terrorism. At the same time, the EU has been striving to strike the right balance between the sharing of necessary information while still maintaining high standards and legal safeguards regarding personal data. Given the current situation, this lecture will address the following questions:

  • What factors impact the policies behind police cooperation and tackling cross-border crime?
  • What impact might the upcoming European elections have on EU migration policy?
  • How can you get involved in these EU processes?
  • How does the EU balance data protection and security concerns?
Speaker:

Ms. Cristina Calabró is a Policy Officer at the European Commission in DG Migration and Home Affairs, Unit Police Co-operation and Information Exchange. Ms. Calabró has worked for the European Commission as a policy offer for nearly 25 years, beginning in the department of DG Trade (working in the context of trade defence mechanisms for a few years), and later in DG Competition (on regional state aid). She then moved on to working in development policy for 10 years, worked another 5 years in DG Grow in international tourism (with the goal of attracting more visitors to Europe) and has worked for three years now in DG Home within the Europol team.

In her current function, Ms. Calabró is focusing on our fight against the smuggling of migrants and more generally on issues related to police cooperation across borders within Europe. These areas have been increasingly critical since the Paris attacks in November 2015 and the associated security concerns, the fallouts of the Syrian conflict and the accompanying influx of migrants in the ‘hotspots’ of southern Europe.

Location: Common Room
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113, 1098XG Amsterdam
Convenor: Dr. Sennay Ghebreab

Published by  Amsterdam University College