IntMin Carmen Dan: Strengthening of external EU borders – a priority of Romania’s Presidency of EU Council

Promoting a safer Europe, strengthening European Union’s external border and managing the migration phenomenon are among the priorities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the period when Romania will be holding the Presidency of the Council of Justice and Home Affairs, according to a press release issued on Wednesday, after the joint meeting in Brussels of the Romanian Government and the European Commission.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, together with her entire Cabinet, presented the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of EU.

Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan referred to the priorities that have to do with the home affairs department.

“We will seek solutions to advance negotiations with respect to the regulation of the strengthening of the mandate of the European Agency for Border Police and the Coast Guard. Inter-operability and implementation of computer systems at EU level are important topics on our agenda,” said Dan.

The Minister of Interior also mentioned, referring to the asylum policies, that Romania fully shares the EU objective of making the return policy efficient and finding an efficient and sustainable approach in respect to its enforcement.

In what concerns the approaches meant for reducing illegal migration flows to the EU, the Romanian Presidency will insist on supporting efforts to strengthen cooperation with the countries of origin and transit, of a practical and predictable manner, shows the above mentioned source.

“Fight against terrorism remains a priority issue. We will continue to work on the Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council regarding the prevention of spreading the terrorist content online,” Minister Carmen Dan pointed out.

The meeting of the College of Commissioners of the European Union with the government of the member state that is about to take over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union is organised, traditionally, before the beginning of the mandate. The objective of the meeting is to prepare the future Presidency and discuss its priorities.

The MAI will president, during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, 20 working groups, to provide expertise for 10 working groups subordinated to other ministries and they will participate in other three working groups at the European agencies level.

Moreover, the MAI personnel will manage in Brussels the topics that are to be debated in more than 200 meetings of the working groups.

In Romania, the MAI will organise in this period 20 informal events – two ministerial meetings, nine meetings at the level of high officials – managers and chiefs of agencies and nine at expert level.

327 persons from the MAI will be involved, as presidents/vice-presidents/reserves for the working groups that the Ministry will manage, persons in charge with the files and experts.

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