Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA):
Extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 07/12/2012 First transmission: 07/12/2012
justice ministers are expected to agree a general approach on three legislative proposals:
- a directive establishing minimum rules for criminal sanctions for the most serious market abuse offences, namely insider dealing and market manipulation ("market abuse directive");
- a directive on the freezing and confiscation of proceeds of crime in the EU. The proposal aims to make it easier for national authorities to confiscate and recover the profits that criminals make from cross-border and organised crime;
- a regulation on mutual recognition of protection measures in civil matters upon request of the person at risk, aimed at strengthening the rights of victims.
Furthermore, the Council will discuss two proposed regulations on the jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions as regards matrimonial property regimes, on the one hand and the property consequences of registered partnerships, on the other . The aim is to agree political guidelines on certain issues relating to those proposals.
Ministers will also hold a debate on the proposal to create a European account preservation order to facilitate cross-border debt recovery in civil and commercial matters Here too, the Council will aim to establish a number of guidelines for the continuation of work.
The Council will take note of the state of play on a proposed directive on the protection of the EU's financial interests by criminal law. The goal is to deter fraudsters, improve the prosecution and sanctioning of crimes against the EU budget, and facilitate the recovery of misused EU funds.
Ministers will also hold a debate on the proposed revision of the 1995 regulation on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (General Data Protection regulation) . In addition, they will take stock of progress made on the linked proposal for a directive on the protection of individuals when authorities process personal data in dealing with criminal offences
Moreover, the Council is due to adopt the new EU drugs strategy for the years 2013-2020.
Finally, the Council will take note of the state of play on the accession of the EU to the European Human Rights Convention and review the work achieved during the second semester of 2012 in the area of e-justice.
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||SOUNDBITE by Loucas Louca, Cyprus Minister of Justice and public Order (In English) saying that: The main points are three legislative proposals and we hope to adopt these. One is the market abuse directive, the other is the directive for freezing and confiscation of proceeds of crimes and the other is on civil matters. We'll have a long discussion, the other one of very important issue is data protection. We have a lot of other issues and by the end of the day I hope we will be able to tell you more.
||Fred Teeven, Dutch State Secretary of Security and Justice
||Arrival and Soundbite by Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship (In French) saying that: We want to make progress on the European space of justice that we created 2 years ago, a space within which European all citizens can move freely and we want to achieve the same rights for 500 million citizens, this is the Europe of tomorrow.
||Paula Teixeira Da Cruz, Portuguese Minister for Justice
||SOUNDBITE by Sabine Leutheusser - Schnarrenberger, German Federal Minister of Justice (In German)
||Morten Bodskov, Danish Minister for Justice
||Annemie Turtelboom, Belgian Minister for Justice
||Diana Kovatcheva, Bulgarian Minister for Justice
||Paola Severino, Italian Minister for Justice