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In the Focus of EU Ministers of Home Affairs – Fight against Terrorism and Migratory Pressures

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2015 03 12

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In the Focus of EU Ministers of Home Affairs – Fight against Terrorism and Migratory Pressures
In the Focus of EU Ministers of Home Affairs – Fight against Terrorism and Migratory Pressures

Today Vice-Minister of the Interior Elvinas Jankevičius attends the meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Council the European Union (EU) in Brussels where the issues of migratory pressures and fight against terrorism will be discussed.

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During this meeting of the EU Council, the ministers discuss further actions in the area of the fight against terrorism as follow up to the statement of 12 February by the members of the European Council and to the Riga Joint Statement of 29 January by the justice and home affairs ministers.
 
The greatest attention is focused on four areas: making use of the Schengen framework to reinforce external EU borders' control, control over internet content promoting terrorism or violent extremism, the fight against illicit trafficking of firearms and information sharing making full use of  Europol and Eurojust possibilities.

According to the Vice-Minister, Lithuania consistently approves as urgent as possible acceptance of the effective EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive including intra-EU flights and supports the measures to reinforce external EU borders' control which are currently under discussion at the EU level.

„Also we would like to draw attention to the statement by the members of the European Council which emphasizes the promotion of radicalization prevention. Fight against propaganda is a part of the fight against terrorism and the place from which it appears does not matter – be it an Islamic state or another one aggressive towards its neighbours – it is a threat to our security and we cannot ignore it. Lithuania will get involved into activity to identify and to adjust the joint principles and methods of the fight against propaganda“, – Vice-Minister said.

EU ministers also have a discussion on the most acute recent migration problems and further immediate actions to be taken in order to respond to them. According to the Vice-Minister E. Jankevičius, currently the greatest problems imposed by migratory pressures arise in the Southern part of the EU, thus  immediate attention should be concentrated on the EU actions in the Mediterranean and Western Balkans‘ Regions. Nevertheless, we must ensure and maintain the right balance between the Southern and Eastern dimensions of EU‘s migration policy.

„In the context of EU migration policy, threats posed by the instability in the Eastern neighbourhood (especially Ukraine) have to be adequately evaluated. It is necessary to ensure constant monitoring of the situation at the eastern EU borders and to be prepared to react effectively in case of possible increase of migratory flows from this region”, – Vice-Minister underlines.