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EU Ministers of Home Affairs focus on the counter–terrorism and relations with Eastern Partnership countries

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2015 01 29

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EU Ministers of Home Affairs focus on the counter–terrorism and relations with Eastern Partnership countries
EU Ministers of Home Affairs focus on the counter–terrorism and relations with Eastern Partnership countries

Today Vice-Minister of the Interior Elvinas Jankevičius will participate in the informal meeting of the European Union (EU) Justice and Home Affairs Ministers Council in Riga, where the main focus will be concentrated on the issues of counter-terrorism.

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Ministers will discuss the issues of prevention of radicalization, more efficient information sharing among EU and law enforcement institutions of member states, identification of travel routes of terrorists and firearms problems.

“Tragic events in France encouraged the debates on the European Union’s response to the terrorism threat and enhanced efforts of all countries to consolidate and to apply all practical instruments in full while countering terrorism,” – Vice-Minister of the Interior Elvinas Jankevičius says.

Lithuania declares the necessity to take actions in the area of prevention of radicalization, particularly focusing on the contents of internet, meanwhile not violating human rights. Besides, Lithuania consistently emphasizes the need to agree on setting-up the EU passenger name record (PNR) system for all internal EU flights as soon as possible.

“While controlling one of the longest sections of the EU external border, we support the joint EU measures which would facilitate the identification of travel routes of terrorists. In this context, appropriate attention also should be focused on the threat raised by the processes taking place in our Eastern neighbourhood,” – Vice-Minister E. Jankevičius underlines.  

On 29 January, Vice-Minister of the Interior Elvinas Jankevičius will attend the second meeting of EU and Eastern Partnership Justice and Home Affairs Ministers during which reforms in the area of judiciary and law enforcement implemented by the countries of Eastern Partnership will be discussed. 

The Eastern Partnership is aimed at strengthening political and economic integration between the EU and six partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). The first Eastern Partnership meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers was arranged on 7–8 October 2013, during the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.