Justice and Home Affairs Council:
Extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Council
End production: 07/10/2013 First transmission: 07/10/2013
On Monday, the 7th of October, Justice ministers will discuss key issues concerning the 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) (5853/12). The regulation updates and strengthens the 1995 Data Protection Directive in order to take into account technological developments and globalisation.
Furthermore, ministers will try to reach a general approach regarding the proposal for a directive on the protection of the euro and other currencies against counterfeiting by criminal law (6152/13) which was presented by the Commission in February 2013 and will replace Framework Decision 2000/383/JHA. The directive aims at establishing minimum rules concerning the definition of criminal offences and sanctions in this area of counterfeiting of the euro and other currencies. It also introduces common provisions to strengthen the fight against those offences and to improve their investigation.
Also in the context of the protection of the Union’s financial interests, ministers will have a policy debate on two proposals for regulations which will be presented by the Commission:
- on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) (12554/13)
- on the reform of the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation(Eurojust) (12551/13)
In the margins of the Council, Monday afternoon, EU Justice ministers will meet with their Eastern Partnership counterparts (from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) to discuss cooperation and future prospects in this field.
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||SOUNDBITE by Juozas Bernatonis, Lithuanian Minister for Justice and President in office of the Council (In ENGLISH) saying that: First of all, we will continue discussions about Data protection reform, then we will see a general approach on proposal of protection of the euro and other currencies against counterfeiting and the last item is the presentation of the European Commission of the establishement of European prosecutor's office. After lunch we have the first ministerial meeting of the EU Partnership countries and Ministers will discuss about the systems of court, judicial cooperation and other issues.
||Ionas Nicolaou, Cyprus Minister for Justice and Public Order
||Ivo Opstelten, Dutch Minister of Security and Justice
||SOUNDBITE by Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship (In ENGLISH) saying that: The Croatian issue is one which according to myself is done with because the Croatian Parliament voted the law which the Croatian government had promissed me to do, so as soon as this law is implemented in real terms we can stop the procedure.
Question: Have your received any answers from member states?
We have received many answers, you know the Member States just give their opinion. It is on the Commission to act, the Commission continues to act and this action has shown already results.
||Anna-Maja Henriksson, Finnish Minister of Justice
||Beatrix Karl, Austrian minister for Justice
||Tomáš Borek, Slovakian for Justice
||Owen Bonnici, Maltese Parliamentary Secretary for Justice
||Alfonsas Barakauskas, Lithuanian Minister of the Interior
||Robert Marius Cazanciuc, Romanian Minister for Justice
||Zinaida Zlatanova, Bulgarian Minister for Justice
||Orsat Miljenic, Croatian Minister for Justice
||Alan Shatter, Irish Minister for Justice and Equality
||Anna Maria Cancellieri, Italian Minister for Justice
||Morten Bødskov, Danish Minister for Justice