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Date Published: 30-05-2013

EU2013Agreement on Schengen Governance legislative package and EUROSUR reached under the Irish Presidency

Date: 29 May 2013

Under the Irish Presidency of the European Council a number of agreements in the areas of Schengen Governance and border security were reached.

The Schengen Governance package was provisionally agreed which comprises the following two Regulations:

  • A proposed Regulation amending the Schengen Border Code to provide for common rules on the temporary reintroduction of checks at internal borders in exceptional cases
  • A proposed Regulation for an evaluation and monitoring mechanism to verify the application of the Schengen acquis

A proposed Regulation to establish a European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) was also agreed.  EUROSUR would allow for the sharing of operational information, and cooperation, between Member State’s border surveillance authorities.

For more information: See Irish Presidency press release; Statement by EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström; European Parliament press release, and Council of the European Union press release.



Minister welcomes launch of Schengen Information System (SIS II)

Date: 9 April 2013

Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, welcomes the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II).  The Schengen Information System II facilitates the free movement of persons in the Schengen free travel area as well as ensuring increased public security. Read more

For more information: See Irish Presidency press release 


Minister welcomes advances towards Common European Asylum System (CEAS)

Date: 27 March 2013

Under the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU, Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, welcomed European developments towards completing the final two legislative measures forming part of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS).  Member State representatives approved proposals for compromise texts on the recast of the ‘Asylum Procedures’ Directive and the Eurodac Regulation. Minister Shatter noted a 7.8% increase year-on-year in asylum applications within the EU during 2012.

Adoption of the measures remains subject to approval of the European Parliament and the Council.

For more information: See Irish Presidency press release and statement by EU Commissioner Malmström


Meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA)

Date: 7 March 2013

Under Ireland’s EU Presidency, the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting was chaired by Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD.

The following issues were discussed:

  • Smart Borders Package: the European Commission presented proposals on Smart Borders, the stated aim of which is to simplify life for frequent third country travellers at the EU's external borders, enhance EU security and contribute to better monitoring of border-crossings. The Council asked its preparatory bodies to start working on these proposals.
  • Schengen Information System (SIS II): the second generation of the Schengen Information System (SIS II), a large scale EU database, was discussed. The Council adopted two decisions concerning the establishment, operation and use of the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II). These decisions fix the date of application of Decision. 2007/533/JHA (6840/1/13 REV 1)   and Regulation 1987/2006 (6841/1/13 REV 1)  on 9 April 2013.
  • Schengen accession of Romanian and Bulgaria: The Council decided to address this issue again by the end of 2013.
  • Security situation in the Sahel/Maghreb: The Council heard a comprehensive presentation by the EU Counter Terrorism Coordinator, Gilles de Kirchove, on the deteriorating security situation in the Sahel/Maghreb region of North Africa.  The Council tasked the relevant EU actors to bring work forward on the proposals presented by the Counter Terrorism Coordinator and asked him to present to the Council a report on its implementation in October.

For more information: See Irish Presidency press release and read main results of the Council Meeting (Council press release).


EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) bilateral meetings between EU-US senior officials

Date: 6 – 8 February 2013

This meeting will make preparations for the bilateral meetings between the US and EU Ministers in May 2013.   Read more


Informal Meeting of Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum (SCIFA)

Date: 28 – 29 January 2013

The Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum (SCIFA) is comprised of senior officials of the Member States with responsibilities for immigration, frontiers and asylum. This informal meeting will facilitate strategic discussions in relation to EU cooperation on immigration, frontiers and asylum. Read more


Minister presents priorities of the Irish Presidency in the Justice and Home Affairs Area

Date: 22 January 2013

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, presented the Irish Presidency priorities in the Justice and Home Affairs area to the JURI (Legal Affairs) and LIBE (Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs) Committees of the European Parliament on 22 January 2013.

The main priorities for the LIBE committee include data protection, confiscation of proceeds of crime, Passenger Name Records (PNR), Schengen issues and other Immigration, Visa and Asylum issues, as well as completing the negotiations on the proposed Common European Asylum System.

For more information: See Department of Justice and Equality press release


Informal meeting of Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs

Date: 17 – 18 January 2013

The Informal Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council meeting took place in Dublin on 17 – 18 January 2013.

EU Ministers for Home Affairs and Migration discussed topics relating to Security, Immigration and Asylum.

Day 1: 17 January 2013
  • Migration for Growth: The morning session discussed migration for growth and in particular how migration policies could lead to growth in the European economy by ensuring that non-EU citizens with certain skill sets have the opportunity to migrate to countries in the EU that can benefit from their expertise.
  • Greek National Action Plan on Asylum & Migration: The agenda also included a presentation on the Greek National Action Plan on Asylum Reform and Migration Management.
  • Syria: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr Antonio Guterres updated Ministers on the evolving situation in Syria.
  • Other issues discussed: The meeting also considered actions to counter terrorism and organised crime and Minister Shatter announced Ireland’s intention to hold an annual national missing person’s day in December as well as proposing a European-wide Missing Persons Day.
Day 2: 18 January 2013
  • Protecting EU citizens' fundamental rights; action to counter hate crime and intolerance, including racism and anti-Semitis: On the final day of the informal JHA meeting, Ministers discussed the growing problems of hate crime and intolerance, including racism and anti-Semitism across Europe.
  • Other issues discussed included Data Protection reform and cross-border insolvency law.

For more information:

Read Irish Presidency press release (17.01.2013) and press release (18.01.2013)

See meeting agenda. Discussion documents available at: http://www.eu2013.ie/events/event-items/informalmeetingofministersforjusticeandhomeaffairs-20130117/#d.en.3458


Programme of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union

1 January - 30 June 2013

For stability, jobs and growth:  the Programme of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union

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EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) bilateral meetings between EU-US senior officials

Date 6 – 8 February 2013

 

This meeting will make preparations for the bilateral meetings between the US and EU Ministers in May 2013  Read more http://eu2013.ie/events/event-items/jhabilateralseuus-20130206/

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