Justice and Home Affairs Council: extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 13/12/2011 First transmission: 13/12/2011
The Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) holds a two-day meeting on Tuesday, 13 and Wednesday, 14 December 2011 under the chair of Jacek Cichocki, Minister for the Interior, and Jarosław Gowin, Minister for Justice, in the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels.
On Tuesday, home affairs ministers will look at a number of Schengen related issues: First, regarding new rules for the more effective governance of the Schengen area, the Council will examine a number of outstanding issues of the two proposed regulations: one concerns the establishment of an evaluation and monitoring mechanism to verify the application of the Schengen acquis, the other concerns common rules on the temporary reintroduction of border controls in
exceptional circumstances. Still on Schengen, ministers will revert to the question of Schengen accession of Bulgaria and Romania.
The Council will also discuss the state-of-play concerning negotiations on revised rules governing the EU's visa free regime. On asylum, the Council will look at the state-of-play of the different legal instruments aimed to improve the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). On migration, the Council will take note of a presidency paper regarding the EU response to increased migration pressures. Ministers will also hold a first exchange of views on the Commission communication on a "Global approach to migration and mobility".
Regarding terrorism related issues, the Council is expected to take a decision on the signing of the EU-US PNR agreement and request the European Parliament to give its consent. The EU Counterterrorism coordinator will present three documents for discussion: his most recent report on the EU Action Plan on combating terrorism, his latest discussion paper on the EU Counter-terrorism strategy and his report on the implementation of the revised strategy for terrorist financing. The latter has been drawn up in cooperation with the Commission.
Ministers will also be informed about the EU-US ministerial meeting on justice and home affairs issues which took place in November. Furthermore, the Council will have a first exchange of views on the package of justice and home affairs related Commission proposals in the context of the multiannual financial framework (2014-2020).
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||Neoklis Sylikiotis, Cypriot Minister for Interior affairs
||Aleš Zalar, Slovenian Minister for Justice
||Arrival of Hans-Peter Friedrich, Minister for the Interior of Germany
||SOUNDBITE (German) Hans-Peter Friedrich: About the NRP, we see major advances over the current situation, but we are not satisfied, and the German position is to the point that we will not vote yes.
The question before us today is whether we would vote for an enlargement on the basis of new facts, namely that considering the new border restrictions that Denmark wishes, we should accept a new role for the European Commission. Other countries are likely to agree with us about refusing to grant new decisional powers to the Commission.
||Jean-Marie Halsdorf, Luxembourgish Minister for Interior affairs
||Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici, Maltese Minister for Justice and Interior affairs
||Arrival of Gerd Leers, Dutch Minister for Immigration and SOUNDBITE (English): (on accession of Romania and Bulgaria): no change of mind, we have our arguments (opinions), we delivered our arguments and that is it. We wait for results in February.
||Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Bulgarian Interior Minister
||Tibor Navracsics, Hungarian Minister for Justice
||François Biltgen, Luxembourg Minister for Justice
||Christos Papoutsis, Greek Minister of Citizen Protection