Between November and February, the nine transnational networks of ESF Managing Authorities and stakeholders held their first meetings.
On average 10 Member States attended each meeting, with 23 Member States taking part overall.
We spent one night as part of a 3 week driving tour in continental Europe. Bathrobes and slippers are provided in the modern bathrooms. Single travelers enjoy free use of the Panorama Spa Club, and this includes a pool, saunas and a steam room.
The personnel in this hotel were by far the most welcoming, friendly and helpful of everywhere we stayed. The roof terrace with lounge chairs features excellent views of the city and countryside.
Building on the work of the past two years to save lives at sea and manage the increasing numbers of arrivals along the Central Mediterranean Route, all actors now need to intensify and accelerate their efforts in line with the increasing urgency of the situation and the commitments undertaken by EU leaders.
Today's measures should form the basis of discussions at the informal Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Tallinn on Thursday.
The focus of our efforts has to be on solidarity – with those fleeing war and persecution and with our Member States under the most pressure.