Conseil "Justice et affaires intérieures": arrivées et tour de table
Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs met in Luxembourg under the chairmanship of Charles Clarke, British Minister for Home Affairs. Increased information exchange between EU Member States on immigration hotspots has been discussed. EC proposals for governments to circulate relevant data to aid EU efforts to secure Europe's borders have been thrown into sharp relief by events like the recent incidents surrounding Spanish enclaves on the North Moroccan coast. Border installations in Ceuta and Melilla have been rushed by hundreds of African immigrants and at least 14 have been killed in the last two weeks. Franco Frattini, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security, outlined progress on an EU/Morocco agreement and funding of up to ¯40 million to help Rabat police sub-Saharan migrants. Spain has faced criticism for deporting immigrants back to Morocco because Rabat is accused of dumping illegal immigrants in the desert.