Justice and Home Affairs Council: Extracts from the press conference by the Lithuanian Presidency and the European Commission

Type: News   Reference: i-082192   Duration: 00:04:44  Lieu: Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Council
End production: 08/10/2013   First transmission: 08/10/2013
On the 08th of October, EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers have met 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. Moreover, home affairs ministers were expected to reach a political agreement on provisional arrangements to host the European Police College (CEPOL) seat in another member state after the United Kingdom indicated it no longer wants to host it on its territory. The Council was also expected to take note of the interim report from the Commission on the main findings of the analysis of information provided by member states on issues related to free movement of citizens. As regards the Syria conflict and the protection of refugees, the Council has been informed about the latest developments, in particular about the situation of the Syrian refugees and the impact of the migratory pressures on neighbouring countries and on the European Union. Ministers are also expected to discuss the tragedy at sea near the Italian island of Lampedusa where more than 100 African migrants are confirmed to have drowned.

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00:00:05 Arrival of the speakers 00:00:08
00:00:13 SOUNDBITE by Alfonsas Barakauskas, Lithuanian Minister of the Interior and President ion office of the Council (In LITHUANIAN) saying that: We have met with our Eastern partners and we noted that if we want to build the area of freedom, security and justice we need to cooperate with our closest neighbour, it's the only way. Therefore we need to strive for closer sectoral cooperation in the area of justice and home affairs. First of all it relates to the fight against corruption, organized crime, cyber crime; there are also other important areas such as migration and mobility. We have adopted a joint declaration where we enshrine our determination to cooperate and we decided that such meeting should become a regular event. 00:00:44
00:00:57 Cutaway of a cameraman 00:00:07
00:01:04 SOUNDBITE by Alfonsas Barakauskas (In LITHUANIAN) saying that: After lunch, the EU Home Affaires Ministers have devoted their attention to the tragedy of Lampedusa. We have expressed our condolences to the families of the victims; we have also talked about the ever deteriorating related to Syrian refugees. My Italian colleague has provided us with some shocking information about the tragedy near Lampedusa. We have talked about the measures which we as the EU have at our disposal to prevent from such tragedies from recurring in the future. 00:00:39
00:01:43 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:06
00:01:49 SOUNDBITE by Alfonsas Barakauskas (In LITHUANIAN) saying that: We also talked about the situation in Syria which is a humanitarian catastrophe which is deteriorating. We have said that the EU needs to step up its support to the refugees in Syria and in its neighbouring countries; we have welcomed the progress that has been achieved in creating a regional protection program, we have also noted our determination to actively participating in this program. We have invited the Commission to continue this very important work; we have to continue monitoring the situation and to prepare adequate EU response. 00:00:37
00:02:26 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:06
00:02:32 SOUNDBITE by Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs (In ENGLISH) saying that: We had of course a very long and important discussion after the horrible tragedy that took so many people's life a few days ago. I have proposed from the Commission's side that we deploy FRONTEX search and rescue operation that will cover the whole Mediterranean from Spain to Cyprus in order to be able to prevent such catastrophes and save more lives. I have asked member states to give their political support and also to make available the necessary resources. So I will now with FRONTEX and my services working with member states authorities to address the needs and to set up the organization of this. 00:00:40
00:03:12 General view of the speakers 00:00:06
00:03:18 SOUNDBITE by Cecilia Malmström (In ENGLISH) saying that: We need, the tragedy shows, to act at EU level to a much bigger extend than we have so far. We need to look at the issue on short term, long term and medium term so that we can have a more effective management of this. We need to have cooperation and dialogue with the countries of origin and transit of the migrants in order to open up for more legal challenge of migration but also to fight the horrible networks that make such profit of people in distress and need. We have concluded a mobility partnership with Morocco and we have also talked with other countries in the regions. 00:00:38
00:03:56 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
00:04:01 SOUNDBITE by Cecilia Malmström (In ENGLISH) saying that: Catastrophes like the one in Lampedusa occur because there are dictatorship, authoritarian regimes and poverty in Africa and in the Middle East and as long as this exists, there will be people trying to come to Europe and catastrophes happen also because there very few legal ways to come to Europe; we need to do much more to help the refugees and asylum seekers; I have called for all member countries to do what they can do on resettlement so that we can give more people a safe way to Europe and we also need to look in the future for more legal ways to people to come to Europe. 00:00:37
00:04:38 Speakers leaving the press room 00:00:06
00:04:44 End 00:00:00
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