Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA):
Extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 06/12/2012 First transmission: 06/12/2012
On Thursday, home affairs ministers will be briefed by the presidency about the state of play regarding the establishment of a common European asylum system (CEAS), in particular with reference to the directive on asylum procedures, the regulation on "Eurodac" (a fingerprint database) and the so-called Dublin regulation.
The EU Counter-terrorism coordinator will present his annual implementation report on the EU Counter-terrorism strategy and the Council is due to adopt conclusions on aviation security against terrorist threats.
After lunch, home affairs and justice ministers will discuss the mid-term review of the Stockholm programme, which establishes the strategic guidelines for the period 2010-2014 in the area of freedom, security and justice.
The Mixed Committee (the EU plus 6orway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland), meeting in the margins of the Council, will be briefed on developments in relation to the Schengen Information System (SIS II). It will also consider the functioning of the Schengen area on the basis of the second bi-annual report on this issue, to be presented by the Commission. The
Presidency will report on the implementation measures undertaken to simplify the exchange of information between national law enforcement authorities. Finally, the Committee will take stock of progress made on the proposal for a directive on the protection of individuals when authorities process personal data in dealing with criminal offences.
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||SOUNDBITE by Loucas Louca, Cyprus Minister of Justice and public Order (In English) saying that: Tomorrow we are going to have a very busy and interesting agenda in the area of Justice matters.
||Sandor Pinter, Hungarian Minister of the Interior
||Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Interior of Bulgaria
||Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourgish Minister for Labour, Employment and Immigration
||SOUNDBITE by Eleni Mabrou, Cyprus Minister of Interior (In English) saying that: during the lunch we'll discuss visa policy with focus on growth but also on reciprocity on better implementation of regulation.
||Päivi Rasanen, Finnish Minister of the Interior
||Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
||SOUNDBITE by Erik Ullenhag, Swedish Minister for Integration (In English) saying that: We will discuss the common asylum system. We achieved a lot and today we will have a discussion about the procedure directive and we will agree today on the Dublin regulation and therefore it will be a successful day hopefully.
||SOUNDBITE by Tobias Billström, Swedish Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy (In English) saying that: We are here today to discuss matters of great importance namely the creation of a common asylum system which is now at the final stage of being negotiated between Council and Parliament. The situation is very important for Sweden because of the grave situation of a lot of asylum seekers arriving in my country. We can also see that a lot of other European countries are expecting the same; today, 9 out of 27 member states are receiving annually 90% of the asylum seekers arriving in Europe and I think that this cause for a greater coherent approach from all the member states and especially from the European Parliament now that negotiations are now to be finalized.
||SOUNDBITE by Beatrice Ask, Swedish Minister for Justice (In English) saying that: I think that one of the most important topics is the one concerning the confiscation of criminal money. I think that Sweden would like to go a little bit further but at least I hope that we can reach an agreement that is partly good.