Informal EU Justice Ministers Meeting in Riga to focus on terrorism

Informal EU Justice Ministers Meeting in Riga to focus on terrorism

Dealing with terrorism will be the focus of an informal EU Justice Ministers Meeting in Riga, which signals the start of the Latvian EU Council Presidency. Cypriot Minister of Justice and Public Order Ionas Nicolaou departs on Wednesday to take part in the meeting between January 29 and 30.

The meeting will focus on the action that should be taken in order to combat terrorism, an official press release says.

EU ministers will look into preventing radicalisation, which is cultivated particularly via the internet and social media and which promotes fanaticism among members of the Islamic culture.

They will discuss ways to improve the exchange of information with a view to increasing the level of alertness by the authorities of member states and to minimising their response time upon receipt of information relating to terrorist hits.

On the sidelines of the meeting the Cypriot minister will take part on Thursday in an Eastern Partnership meeting which will focus on progress made by countries in implementing reforms promoting the rule of law, security, meritocracy and combating corruption.

Nicolaou will then have a bilateral meeting with Georgian Interior Minister Aleksandre Tchikaidze.

He returns to Cyprus on Saturday.