Justice and Home Affairs Council:
Extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 07/03/2013 First transmission: 07/03/2013
Today, home affairs ministers are due to adopt two decisions concerning the establishment, operation and use of the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II). These decisions fix the date of application of decision 2007/533/JHA and regulation 987/2006.
The Council will have a state of play discussion on the full application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania. Ministers will hear a presentation by the Commission of its "Smart Borders Package", tabled on
the 28 February 2013. This package aims at using new technology to speed-up, facilitate and reinforce border check procedures for foreigners travelling to the EU.
Furthermore, the Council will be briefed by the Counter Terrorism Coordinator, the Commission and the European External Action Service on the security situation in the Sahel/Maghreb and the implications for the EU internal security.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Róbert Kalinak, Slovakian Minister of Interior
||SOUNDBITE by Fred Teeven, Dutch State Secretary of Security and Justice (In English) saying that: Today there is no decision, it's only informing, we have a new session in December and you know our position, two CVM reports have to be positive, this is the point of the Dutch government.
||SOUNDBITE by Alan Shatter, Irish Minister for Justice and Equality and President in office of the Council (In English) saying that: There are a number of things on the agenda. One of the issue is in relation to Romania and Bulgaria would be coming up today, I do not expecting a final decision would be made today. We are also dealing today with the Commission's proposal on Smart borders we'll be getting a briefing on issues related to Sahel region and their implications for security and issues on the context of the EU and there's going to be a lunch time discussions on events that are happening and that would impact on refugees into Europe, looking at Sahel, Syria and the borders areas that are relevant.
||Beatrice Ask, Swedish Minister for Justice
||SOUNDBITE by Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Interior (In Bulgarian) saying that: It will be an information point today. We'll be looking for an agreement in the future. I can say that since March 2011 Bulgaria has been fulfilling its committements and we have covered all the criterias for accession to Schengen. However you are aware that in order to join the Schengen there should be a consensus between 27 member States.
||SOUNDBITE by Simonetta Sommaruga, Federal Councillor of the Department of Justice and Police of Switzerland (In German)
||SOUNDBITE by Jorge Fernansez Diaz, Spanish Minister for the Interior (In Spanish) saying that: I have already discussed it during bilaterals with several ministers of the Interior, the approval of the Bogota Platform, which are, like other platforms, instruments that aim at coordinating the actions of EU Member States to fight drug trafficking more effectively. We want to establish this type of platform in Bogota to fight against cocaine traffic towards the EU.
||SOUNDBITE by Hans-Peter Friedrich, German Federal Minister for the Interior (In German)
||Ken-Marti Vaher, Estonian Minister of the Interior
||SOUNDBITE by Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Austrian Federal Minister of the Interior (In German)
||Paola Severino, Italian Minister for Justice