The Justice and Home Affairs ministers with the EU member states will attend 6 to 8 February 2019, in Bucharest at the Palace of Parliament an informal reunion in context of the exercising by Romania of the presidency of the EU Council, the files on terrorism, migration and asylum, along with the Schengen, ways of developing the judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters being among the main files to be addressed, a press release informs.
The event, which will be attended by more than 30 ministers, will be chaired by the Romanian Home Affairs Minister Carmen Dan, for the home affairs section, and by the Romanian Justice Minister Tudorel Toader for the Justice section.
The reunion will be attended by the Justice and Home Affairs ministers with the EU member states, Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union, Vera Jourova, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Claude Moraes, chair of the EP’s LIBE Committee, Pavel Svoboda, chair of the EP’s JURI Committee on Legal Affairs, Ladislav Hamran, president of Eurojust, Catherine De Bolle, executive director of Europol, Fabrice Leggeri, Frontex director, Michael O’Flaherty, director of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), Tiina Astola, director-general for Justice and Consumers with the European Commission, Christine Roger, director-general for Justice and Home Affairs with the General Secretariat of the EU Council, along other officials with European agencies.
Also attending the meeting, considered to be one of the major events of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, will be delegations from all member states, ministerial delegations from Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, as well as representatives of the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU.
The event will debut on the evening of 6 February with a welcome cocktail for the members of the delegations of the Internal Affairs component.
On 7 February, the Home Affairs ministers with the EU member states will gather at the Parliament Palace to address topics in connection with the prevention and fight against terrorism, the police cooperation, the Schengen Space, migration and asylum.
At end-sitting dedicated to the Home Affairs, on Thursday around 17:15 a press conference is scheduled.
On Friday 8 February, the Justice ministers from the EU member states will tackle at the Parliament Palace the development of judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters, the gathering of the electronic evidence in criminal matters and the future of the judicial cooperation in the European Union.
The sitting dedicated to Justice will end in a press conference, due to begin at rd 15:30.
IntMin Dan: Upcoming Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting, opportunity to convey Schengen accession is national goal
The upcoming meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council that will take place in Bucharest is an opportunity for Romania to convey that joining the Schengen is a national goal, Interior Minister Carmen Dan said on Monday.
The Romanian official emphasized that for Romania this is an important subject and that it is her duty to bring it to the attention of the European interior ministers.
“Schengen talks will be an occasion to test the positions of the member states on the future of this area. It is an opportunity for Romania to convey once again, including in this format of the meeting of the Interior Ministers, that joining the Schengen area is a national goal of which Romanians duly have high expectations. It is my duty, as Minister of the Interior, to reopen this subject and bring it to the attention of the EU Interior Ministers. Each of us – government members and the President of the country – have the duty to convey, each at his own level, that this is an important topic for Romania,” Carmen Dan told AGERPRES.
According to the IntMin, the agenda of the meeting due in Bucharest February 6 – 8 includes topics such as migration, counter-terrorism or police cooperation, which are on the list of priorities during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Taking into account the interest in the issue of border security, the Romanian officials are considering organizing a visit of all European delegates to the Border Police headquarters, to see first-hand the functioning of the Romanian border surveillance system.
“Romania has one of the most efficient border surveillance systems, and it’s good for European interior ministers to know this,” added Carmen Dan.