Ministers of the Interior in Brussels are Boosting Efforts to Manage Migration, Secure Borders and Protect Citizens

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2019 03 07

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7–8 March Minister of the Interior Eimutis Misiūnas participates in the European Union (EU) Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Brussels.

The ministers participating in the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting had a forward-looking discussion on the achievements and perspectives in the field of home affairs. They also discussed the EU response to terrorism (the EU has adopted a comprehensive approach to tackle the issues of foreign fighters and home-grown terrorism)

“As regards European Integrated Border Management, Lithuania welcomes the fact that the need to establish EU common standards for external border surveillance has been recognised by the EU political leaders. It has to be taken into account now that the only way to support Member States’ actions towards implementation of the standard requirements is to be properly backed through available financial instruments within the new Multiannual Financial Framework." - Minister of the Interior Eimutis Misiūnas said.

Ministers received an update on the progress of negotiations with the EU Parliament on the European Border and Coast Guard regulation (the Council adopted its complete negotiating position on 20 February 2019) as well as the reform of the Common European Asylum System.

They also exchanged their views on the EU cooperation with third countries in the context of migration.

Ministers were updated by the presidency on the state of play on securing free and fair elections and countering disinformation (Council conclusions on this topic were adopted on 19 February 2019).

“These year for Lithuania could be called “elections’ year” as we hold local government, presidential and EU parliamentary elections. Therefore, for us it is crucial to ensure free and fair elections, as we might know better than any other country how prone to targeted disinformation could this process. Fraud and other attempts to manipulate elections should be actively combatted.” – said the Minister.

On 1 January 2019 Romania took over the six-month rotating presidency of the EU Council.