Home Affairs

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EU Home Affairs policies can be grouped under two fields: migration and asylum and internal security.

Internal security encompasses the fight against terrorism and serious crime with a cross-border dimension (trafficking in human beings, in drugs and in arms, sexual exploitation of women and children, organised crime, money laundering and corruption) and police cooperation, as well as the management of the EU's external border.

The Schengen Area is one of the greatest achievements of the EU. It is an area without internal borders, within which people can freely circulate without border checks. While having abolished their internal borders, Schengen States have also tightened controls at their common external border.

Although the share of Home Affairs in the EU budget is relatively small, it has nevertheless been growing steadily in recent years, in parallel with the Union's enhanced competences in this field, which is reflected in the Lisbon Treaty.

EESC on Home Affairs

The EESC has been emphasising the role of the civil society especially in the field of fighting trafficking in human beings and sexual exploitation. You can find links to all the EESC's events, opinions and other activities on "Home Affairs" in the green and red boxes on this page.

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