Illegal migration and fight against terrorism on the agenda of EU Council

Illegal migration and fight against terrorism on the agenda of EU Council

Justice and Home Affairs Ministers of the EU are gathering on Thursday and Friday in Brussels to discuss current trends and further action on migratory flows in Europe and debate the implementation of measures to fight terrorism.

EU Justice and Home Affairs Council is also expected to adopt a partial general approach on the general data protection regulation.

Cyprus’ Justice and Public Order Minister Ionas Nicolaou departs on Wednesday for Brussels, an official press release said.

The Ministers will discuss the measures taken to fight terrorism. The discussion will focus on the follow up to the statement by the heads of state and government on 12 February and the joint statement by Justice and Home Affairs Ministers on 29 January.

“The measures reinforce coordination among member states and mainly concern the implementation of a more effective control of EU external borders, the fight against terrorist propaganda spread through internet, the fight against illegal firearms trade and enhance data exchange among the law enforcement authorities” the press release said.

On the second day of their meeting the Ministers will discuss radicalization in detention centres and the relevant preventative measures and elaborate on the Proposal for a Regulation on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data (General Data Protection Regulation) aiming at adopting a partial political agreement on the processing, keeping of a record and exchanging personal data, in relation to the role and the responsibilities of the proposed European Council for Personal Data Protection, it added.

Views will be exchanged on the progress of work performed on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor`s Office. There will also be a discussion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (EUROJUST) relating to the cooperation amongst member states and the Proposal for a Directive on provisional legal aid in European arrest warrant proceedings.