Justice and Home Affairs Council: extracts from the press conference by Alan SHATTER, Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, and Viviane REDING, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 08/03/2013 First transmission: 08/03/2013
On 8 March, Alan Shatter, Irish Minister for Justice and Equality and President-in-office of the Council and Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, held the press conference of the Justice and Home Affairs Council.
They announced that the Council approved today the informal agreement reached with the European Parliament on a regulation on mutual recognition of protection measures taken in civil matters upon request of the person at risk. On the basis of this agreement, the European Parliament will proceed to a plenary vote.
Once formally adopted, the regulation will enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal and shall apply from 11 January 2015. The United Kingdom and Ireland have decided to take part in the application and the adoption of this instrument. Denmark will not be bound by it or subject to its application.
Moreover, Ministers held an orientation debate on the proposal for a regulation setting out a general EU framework for data protection. The discussion will focus on the implementation of a risk-based approach in the regulation and on the flexibility requirement for the public sector.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Alan Shatter, Irish Minister for Justice and Equality and President-in-office of the Council: I was delighted the colleagues confirmed the agreement reached with the EU Parliament last week on the mutual recognition of protection measures in civil matters. The effect of this regulation will be that victims of violence, harassment and intimidation who obtain protection orders such as we have in Ireland, like safety orders from the national authorities will automatically have it recognized by the Member States. It was particularly timely, as today it is the international women's day. This is a measure of exceptional importance to the lives of women who are more frequently victims of domestic violence than men.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship: The biggest part of the Council was of course, on data protection because that is very important piece of legislation. A package of regulations and a directive. I think there was an absolute unanimity in the room to be impressed by the work that the Irish Presidency achieved.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Viviane Reding: It was very interesting to hear that all the Ministers have the opinion that we have to specify the Risk Based Approach, that never mean that there is no protection. On the contrary, a higher protection when the risk is higher and a stronger control, when the risk is higher. So that was also something a very important outcome of the discussion.