Minister of the Interior participates in the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting


2019 06 07


7 June Minister of the Interior Eimutis Misiūnas participates in the European Union (EU) Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg.

Home affairs ministers discuss the future of EU law enforcement policy in the run-up to the adoption of the next strategic agenda at the June European Council. This discussion is expected to be continued in more detail later this year.

Ministers seek to agree on a partial general approach on the reform of the Return directive. This proposal aims to improve the rate of returns of those without the right to stay in Europe.

The Council also aims to reach partial general approaches on sectoral home affairs funds in the context of the next multiannual financial framework (MFF). The agreements exclude budget-related and horizontal issues which are currently being discussed as part of the negotiations on the EU's next multiannual financial framework for the period 2021 to 2027.

The counter-terrorism coordinator updates ministers on the implications of 5G in the area of internal security and briefs them on the cooperation between competent authorities dealing with counter-terrorism.

Finally, ministers are discussing the challenges ahead on migration and asylum. Over lunch, ministers exchange views on this topic with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Minister Eimutis Misiūnas informs his colleagues about the actions taken by the Russian Federation against Lithuanian officials in relation to the January 13, 1991 case and draws the attention to the actions of Russia which demonstrate disrespect to the rule of law, human life as well as sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of states. 

He emphasis that Interpol systems might be still misused in order to seek arrest, detention and extradition of persons facing politically motivated prosecutions. Therefore, Minister asks his colleagues for their cooperation against any possible Interpol alerts or bilateral requests launched by Russia in order to locate or to arrest officials of Lithuania, involved in the case.