Justice and Home Affairs Council: arrivals
End production: 26/02/2009 First transmission: 26/02/2009
The EU Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs gathered in Brussels on 26 and 27 February 2009 for a meeting of the JHA Council. Jirí Pospíšil, Czech Minister for Justice, and Ivan Langer, Czech Minister for the Interior, chaired the meeting.
On 26 February, Ministers for the Interior discussed the following items in the Home Affairs area: draft Council conclusions on SIS II (Schengen Information System, 2nd generation); proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Asylum Support Office; combating illegal immigration in the Mediterranean; discussion on the situation of Iraqi refugees; draft Council Decision appointing the Director of Europol; Guantánamo; Visa Information System - the state of affairs; and rational Anti-Drugs Policy.
On 27 February, Ministers for Justice dealt with the following topics: proposal for a Council Framework Decision on prevention and settlement of conflicts of jurisdiction in criminal proceedings; implementation of the European eJustice Action Plan; negotiating mandate for a mutual legal assistance agreement between the European Union and Japan; proposal for a Directive of the EP and of the Council amending Directive 2005/35/EC on ship-source pollution.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Ivan Langer, Czech Minister for the Interior and President in office of the Council
||Ivan Langer (in ENGLISH) on iraqi refugees; saying that he believes the best project is to get people home, not to send them to Europe; the Czech Republic and others support the new Iraqi administration to make the country safe and able for these people to live there.
||Ivan Langer (in ENGLISH) on Guantánamo prisoners; saying that that is why they will go to Washington with Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security, in March; he expects that there can be some common approach; but nobody can push anybody to accept somebody from Guantanamo; on the other hand, everyone has the right to have all the information.
||Arrival of Birthe Rønn Hornbech, Danish Minister for Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs
||Arrival of Rui Pereira, Portuguese Minister for Internal Administration
||Arrival of Jüri Pihl, Estonian Minister for Internal Affairs
||Arrival of Roberto Maroni, Italian Minister for the Interior
||Arrival of Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, Spanish Minister for the Interior