Informal Meeting of Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs, Dublin: extracts from the press conference by the Irish Presidency and the European Commission

Type: News   Reference: 91892   Duration: 00:02:59  Lieu: Dublin, Ireland - Dublin Castle
End production: 17/01/2013   First transmission: 17/01/2013
On 17 January, Alan Shatter, Irish Minister for Justice, and President-in-office of the Council and Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, held the press conference of the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs which is taking place in Dublin. The Ministers held debate on migration related to growth. They discussed co-operation between Member States and the Commission to enhance the effectiveness of immigration policies aimed at increasing economic activity and job creation. Humanitarian aid in Syria was also on the agenda. In the afternoon, the Ministers focussed on fight against organised crime. They exchanged views on internal security and practical cooperation. The Ministers also talk about the situation in Sahel and the operation in Mali, as well the group of hostages held in Algeria.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Speakers arriving (3 shots) 00:00:05
00:00:10 d 00:00:08
00:00:18 SOUNDBITE (in English) Alan Shatter, Irish Minister for Justice, and President-in-office of the Council: The focus of our discussion was on internal security. We had a very useful exchange of view on the forms of practical cooperation and legal instruments which could tackle the treat of crime against economic stability and growth. 00:00:16
00:00:34 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:04
00:00:38 SOUNDBITE (in English) Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs: Migration and growth is a sensitive topic to discuss because numerous Member States suffer from immense problem of unemployment and at the same time, we also know that some employers have difficulties in finding people with the right skills. Also many educated young people have chosen to immigrate from EU and this will cause problem on the long term, as well as the problem of demography. 00:00:35
00:01:13 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:07
00:01:20 SOUNDBITE (in English) Alan Shatter: We also had a discussion on the situation in Algeria. There has been different report on what is the position in relation to the taking of hostages. I am adviced that the Irish hostage is safe; there has been conflicted reports on the position of other hostages. I don't want to make any comment on their current circumstances. All we can do is hope and pray that all of them emerge safely. 00:00:43
00:02:03 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:05
00:02:08 SOUNDBITE (in English) Cecilia Malmström: On Syria what we are doing on the EU side has been very much focussing on the humanitarian situation. The EU has provided so far 360 millions Euros to the refugee camps and we are increasing that to prepare for the winter. 00:00:27
00:02:35 General view of press conference 00:00:03
00:02:38 SOUNDBITE (in English) Alan Shatter: On military trainer in Mali. This is an EU supported mission and we will be considering our defence forces contributing to that. 00:00:14
00:02:52 General view of press conference 00:00:07
00:02:59 End 00:00:00
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