Informal Meeting of Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs , Vilnius: Extracts from the press conference by the Lithuanian Presidency and the European Commission

Type: News   Reference: i-080721   Duration: 00:03:20  Lieu: Council , Vilnius
End production: 19/07/2013   First transmission: 19/07/2013
Today, the second day of the informal meeting, the EU Member States ministers responsible for justice issues are meeting in Vilnius. The main attention has been focused on the debates on the future of the justice area and the data protection reform proposed by the European Commission. Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Ms. Viviane Reding, Chairman of EP Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) Mr. Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar, Director of European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) Mr. Morten Kjaerum, President of The European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit (EUROJUST) Ms. Michele Coninsx will participate in the informal meeting of EU justice ministers.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Arrival of the speakers 00:00:08
00:00:13 SOUNDNBITE by Juozas Bernatonis, Lithuanian Minister for Justice (In Lithuanian) saying that: Justice Ministers have expressed a strong willingness to search for constructive solutions as regards the issues on the Lithuanian Presidency agenda. We discussed the future of the justice area in the EU after 2014 when the Stockholm Programme comes to an end. The ministers said that new strategic guidelines defining the priorities in the area of freedom, security and justice are indeed necessary. 00:00:32
00:00:45 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
00:00:48 SOUNDNBITE by Juozas Bernatonis (In Lithuanian) saying that: This strategic guideline should follow these main principles: Strategic EU goals and embedding those in the justice area, close cooperation amongst respective EU institutions and proper financing for the measures planned. The participants of the meeting have said that the main priorities post 2013 should be the following: Implementation of existing legislation in the member states, protection of the fundamental rights, data protection included, more effective judicial cooperation amongst member states and also broader use of information technologies in the justice area. 00:00:45
00:01:33 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:01:37 SOUNDBITE by Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship (In English) saying that: Today's meeting send a powerful signal to our European citizens. All 3 European institutions agree: Europe needs very swiftly strong EU regulation to protect the personal data of our citizens. 00:00:23
00:02:00 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
00:02:03 SOUNDBITE by Viviane Reding (In English) saying that: France and Germany have shown today that the Franco-German motor works; the Justice Ministers of both countries signed a joint declaration saying that we need a high level of data protection for European citizens which strikes the right balance between freedom and security. 00:00:26
00:02:29 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:02:33 SOUNDBITE by Viviane Reding (In English) saying that: The data protection reform is de facto an antiprism action for several reasons. First for territoriality, to make sure that our rules apply to everybody with active on the European territory, also to non European companies. Secondly the enforcement; we need tough sanctions and 2% of the worldwide turnover for those who do not apply the European laws are tough sanctions. 00:00:40
00:03:13 Speakers leaving the press room 00:00:07
00:03:20 End 00:00:00
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