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Justice and Home Affairs Council: extracts from the press conference

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Meeting in Luxembourg on 18 April 2008, the EU Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs approved new talks with the United States on updating trans-Atlantic travel rules and mandated the European Commission to negotiate with the United States to include all EU Member States in the American visa waiver system, which would allow citizens of EU countries to travel to the United States for three months without obtaining a visa. At a press conference, Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport and Justice, Freedom and Security (pro term), told journalists that the Commission would engage in this negotiation very rapidly and send a team to Washington to start negotiations. The EU Member States also agreed on tight laws against incitement to terrorism in order to clamp down on militant groups' use of the Internet. As far as the question of Iraqi refugees was concerned, the EU Presidency said there could be no priority for Christian Iraqi refugees, after German Ministers said Europe should take them in. Dragutin Mate, Slovenian Minister for the Interior and President in office of the Council, said that they needed to be aware that international standards are such that they do not permit for a differentiation on the basis of religion or race.
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Type: EbS   Reference: 56747   Date: 18/04/2008   Duration: 00:03:05
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