Posted on 22.09.2011 in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Featured, Georgia, Moldova, News, Russia, Ukraine

EU JHA Council meeting to discuss Asylum and Schengen

European Union Justice and Home Affairs Council will be held in Brussels on September 22-23 to discuss Asylum, Schengen governance and Bulgaria’s and Romania’s accession to the Area.

Seat of the EU Council, photo by JLogan, Wikipedia

Seat of the EU Council, photo by JLogan, Wikipedia

The meeting will gather Justice and Home Affairs Ministers from EU Member States as well as Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission and Justice Commissioner and Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs.

The Council will continue the discussion of Common European Asylum System from the July informal ministerial meeting in Sopot. The establishment of the System, expected to enter in force in 2012, requires however significant progress, according to the Commission.

Other important issues on the agenda include reinforced Schengen Governance (legislative proposals for a stronger, EU-based evaluation and monitoring system to verify and ensure the application of the Schengen rules, and for a more structured European decision-making mechanism to allow, in truly exceptional situations, for the temporary reintroduction of internal border controls in case of serious threats to public policy or internal security) as well as the Accession to Schengen of Bulgaria and Romania (see link to the video below).

Dutch Minister for Immigration and Asylum Affairs Gerd Leers on CVM and accession of Romania and Bulgaria to Schengen Area, on arrival to the Justice and Home Affairs Council:

(other statements available in German)

Source: EU Press Room