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    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    EU data protection reform: Council confirms agreement with the European Parliament

    On 18 December 2015, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) confirmed the compromise texts agreed with the European Parliament on data protection reform. The agreement was reached between the Council, Parliament and Commission on the 15 December. This agreement is in line with the request from the European Council for negotiations on data protection reform to be concluded by the end of 2015. Félix Braz, Luxembourg Minister of Justice and President of the Council said: "It is a fundamental agreement with important consequences. This reform not only strengthens the rights of citizens, but also adapts the rules to the digital age for companies, whilst reducing the administrative burden. These are ambitious and forward-looking texts. We can have full confidence in the result."

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    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Procedural safeguards for children in criminal proceedings - Council confirms deal with European Parliament

    On 16 December 2015, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) approved a compromise text agreed with the European Parliament on a directive on procedural safeguards for children in criminal proceedings. Félix Braz, Luxembourg Minister for Justice and President of the Council said: "The agreement reached with the European Parliament is an important step forward for the European judicial area. This is the first binding instrument in this area and is a real breakthrough, particularly as regards the assistance of children by a lawyer. The new directive will contribute to enhancing mutual trust between the judicial systems of the Union."

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    'Data Protection' Package: a historic agreement

    On 15 December 2015, the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union reached an informal agreement in trialogues with the European Parliament on the 'Data Protection' Package which will set out new European rules on privacy in the digital age. The agreement reached by the Luxembourg Presidency will have to be confirmed at the level of the Council of the EU by the 28 Member States, and will be addressed by a Coreper meeting to be held before 21 December 2015. Félix Braz, Luxembourg's Minister for Justice and President of the Council, declared: 'It is a fundamental agreement with significant consequences. This reform not only strengthens the rights of citizens, but also adapts the rules to the digital age for companies, whilst reducing the administrative burden. They are ambitious and forward-looking texts. We can have full confidence in the result.'

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) directive - Council confirms agreement found with EP

    On 4 December 2015 the Council approved the compromise text agreed with the European Parliament on the proposal for a directive on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime. “The compromise agreed today will enable the EU to set up an effective PNR system which fully respects fundamental rights and freedoms”, said Etienne Schneider, Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Security and President of the Council.

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Updated rules for Europol - Council confirms the agreement found with European Parliament

    On 4 December 2015 the Council approved the compromise text agreed with the European Parliament on a draft regulation on the European Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation and Training (Europol), which paves the way for the formal adoption of the regulation by the co-legislators in the coming months. Etienne Schneider, Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Security and President of the Council said: "The finalisation of the Europol regulation was a high priority of our Presidency. Our priority was to give a solid legal basis to Europol enabling it to maximize its potential at the service of the member states, and this in full respect of the competences of all the actors involved. This is done today. I am fully satisfied with the result, which is an important step to strengthen police cooperation in Europe".

    • Third Country Meeting · Press releases
    • Foreign Affairs, Justice and Home Affairs
    EU signs visa waiver agreement with Colombia

    On 2 December 2015 the EU signed a short-stay visa waiver agreement with Colombia, at a ceremony that took place in Brussels. On behalf of the EU, the agreement was signed by Jean Asselborn, Minister of Immigration and Asylum of Luxembourg and President of the Council, and by Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship. On the Colombian side, Maria Angela Holguín, Minister of Foreign Affairs, signed the agreement. The new visa regime provides for visa-free travel for EU citizens when travelling to the territory of Colombia and for citizens of Colombia when travelling to the EU, for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period.

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    • Justice and Home Affairs, Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    Researchers, students and interns from third countries – The Council approves a compromise on new rules to make the European Union more accessible

    On 26 November 2015, on behalf of the Council of the European Union, the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) approved a compromise agreed in trialogue with the European Parliament on a directive which aims to offer a coherent legal framework for third country citizens wishing to enter Europe legally for the purposes of research, study, internships, volunteering, student exchanges and au-pair work. Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg Minister for Immigration and Asylum and President in-office of the JHA Council, expressed his satisfaction with the agreement reached by the Luxembourg Presidency: "I am particularly pleased with this agreement which will offer more legal entry routes into the EU Member States. I am convinced about the added value of this new tool and the beneficial effects it will have. The directive will help to make the European Union more accessible and will attract more young talent to Europe, which will help us to invest in the future".

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Etienne Schneider convenes an extraordinary

    On behalf of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Luxembourg Vice-prime minister and minister of Internal security, Etienne Schneider, has convened an extraordinary "Justice and Home affairs" (JHA) Council on 20 November 2015 in Brussels. This decision has been jointly taken with the French authorities. Confronted with barbarism and terrorism, Europe stands united with France. Following the tragic events in Paris, this extraordinary JHA Council will strengthen the European response while ensuring the follow-up of the measures taken.

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Étienne Schneider: 'The Extraordinary Council must produce concrete results and decide on tangible measures'

    The Deputy Prime Minister for Internal Security, Étienne Schneider, will chair the extraordinary session of the Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) in Brussels on 20 November 2015. In cooperation with the French authorities, the Luxembourg Presidency convened the meeting to discuss and decide on the European response to the Paris attacks. The joint meeting will focus primarily on the European system for passenger name records (PNR), arms trafficking, strengthening external EU border controls and the fight against financing terrorism.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Étienne Schneider meets the president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz in order to discuss a European response to the Paris attacks

    The deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Security Étienne Schneider has met in Brussels, on 17 November 2015, the president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz. Following the terrorist attacks carried out in Paris on 13 November, and in view to strengthening the European response, the aim of this meeting was to ensure a greater involvement of the European Parliament in the future decisions to be taken on measures on security and in the domain of the fight against terrorism. In this context, the president of the European Parliament and Minister Schneider discussed the state of play of the negotiation on the proposal for a directive on the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime.

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Joint declaration by European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, and Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider, representing the Luxembourgish Presidency of the Council of the EU

    “The barbaric attacks of 13 November 2015 are an attack against Europe as a whole. Europe has an historic responsibility to defend its fundamental values and not to succumb to terror. Europe remains united in solidarity against violence and hatred. We have this evening met in Paris in order to coordinate the immediate European action in response to the attacks and to prevent future attacks. European citizens expect a rapid, concrete and efficient response from the European Union. In this framework, the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union has convened, in coordination with France, an extraordinary meeting of the 'Justice and Home Affairs' Ministers on Friday 20 November in Brussels in order to provide a strong and united European response. It will focus on the following key subjects: a European PNR, the question of firearms security and the reinforcement of controls at external borders. We underlined the urgent need to take rapid and operational decisions and to put them into practice in a short timespan.”

    • Third Country Meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    EU-US Ministerial meeting on Justice and Home Affairs - Final statement

    On 13 November, the EU-US Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs took place. This is a meeting held twice a year with the aim to oversee the Trans-Atlantic cooperation to fight terrorism and transnational crime. The United States of America which hosted the event was represented by US Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Department for Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. The EU was represented by Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová, and the current holder of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider and Minister of Justice Félix Braz.

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    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Presumption of innocence - Council confirms the agreement found with European Parliament

    On 4 November 2015, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) approved a compromise text agreed with the European Parliament on a directive on the strengthening of certain aspects of the presumption of innocence and the right to be present at trial in criminal proceedings. "This agreement reached under the Luxembourg Presidency with the European Parliament is an important step in the creation of a European judicial area. The presumption of innocence is a fundamental principle of the legal process and one of the most important rights of the defence. This directive will strengthen the rights of suspects and accused persons in the EU by setting common minimum standards which will govern the basic rights of a fair trial", said Félix Braz, Luxembourg Minister for Justice and President of the Council.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Migratory crisis: EU Council Presidency steps up information sharing between member states by activating IPCR

    The Council has taken over the last weeks a number of decisions to respond to the current migratory crisis. The scale of migratory flows has demonstrated the need for a more coordinated information sharing. The Luxembourg Presidency therefore decided on 30 October 2015 to trigger the Integrated Political Crisis Response (IPCR) arrangements on an "information sharing mode". The aim is to monitor the development of migratory flows, to support decision-making and to better implement the agreed measures.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Félix Braz intervenes in the European Parliament’s on the reform of the statute of the Court of Justice of the European Union

    On 28 October 2015, the European Parliament voted during its plenary session in favor of an extensive reform of the statute of the Court of Justice of the European Union which doubles the number of judges of the General Court in 3 steps by 2019. This vote endorses a compromise text which is a result of informal meetings between the representatives of the four institutions: the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Court of Justice. The Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) had approved the compromise on 21 October 2015.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    On 25 October 2015, Jean Asselborn will represent the Luxembourg Presidency at the extraordinary meeting on the migrant crisis in Eastern Europe and along the Balkans route

    The Luxembourg Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Minister for Immigration and Asylum, Jean Asselborn, will participate in the extraordinary meeting on the migrant crisis in Eastern Europe and along the Balkans route, which will be held in Brussels on 25 October 2015, in order to represent the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU).

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    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Free circulation of public documents: Council confirms the agreement found with EP

    On 21 October 2015, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) approved a compromise package agreed with the European Parliament on a regulation which will facilitate the free movement of citizens by simplifying the requirements for presenting certain public documents in the EU.

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Data protection for police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters: Council ready for talks with EP

    On 9 October 2015 the Council agreed its negotiating stance on the draft data protection directive. This draft directive is aimed at protecting personal data processed for the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal offences or the safeguarding against and the prevention of threats to public security. The agreement reached enables the Luxembourg presidency to start discussions with the European Parliament also on this part of the data protection package. "Today's agreement is a crucial step in view of concluding the EU data protection reform by the end of the year", stated Félix Braz, Minister for Justice of Luxembourg and President of the Council.

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Jean Asselborn and Romain Schneider will attend the European Union's Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg on 8 October 2015

    The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and Minister of Immigration and Asylum, Jean Asselborn, will chair the session devoted to migration of the European Union's Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg on Thursday 8 October 2015. In the presence of the Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, Romain Schneider, the Council will also focus on the connection between development and migration policies. A High Level Conference on the Eastern Mediterranean - Western Balkans route will take place in the margins of the JHA Council.

  • Updated 15-07-2015