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    JHA Council – Jean Asselborn believes it is high time to get the relocation mechanism off the ground

    EU Home Affairs ministers met in Brussels on 4 December 2015 for the third part of the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council, mainly dedicated to the EU migration and refugee crisis. During this part of the Council meeting chaired by Jean Asselborn, Minister for Immigration and Asylum, the participants were informed of the situation on the ground as well as the progress being made on the implementation of the latest measures taken by the EU. They also debated the action required to strengthen the Schengen area with the temporary reintroduction of internal border controls by a number of Member States.

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    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.

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    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".

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    JHA Council – Ministers responsible for internal security confirm the agreement reached with the European Parliament on the proposal for a PNR directive

    The second part of the 'Justice and Home Affairs' (JHA) Council devoted to internal security was held on 4 December 2015 in Brussels in the presence of ministers from the European Union (EU) Member States in charge of this competence. The meeting, chaired by Etienne Schneider, Minister for Internal Security, was an opportunity for the participants to adopt the compromise text agreed with the European Parliament on the proposal for a PNR directive. At the meeting, ministers also approved the agreement reached with the European Parliament on the Europol regulation, and discussed the renewed European Union Internal Security Strategy 2015-2020 and measures taken to combat terrorism.

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    JHA Justice - Félix Braz laments the fact that Poland and Hungary are blocking agreement on matrimonial regimes and property consequences of registered partnerships

    Ministers for Justice of Member States of the European Union (EU) met in Brussels on 3 December 2015 for the first part of the "Justice and Home Affairs" (JHA) Council, chaired by Félix Braz, Minister for Justice. In particular, participants were able to reach an "agreement in principle" on the draft regulation on the European Public Prosecutor's Office, but they failed to agree on regulations on matrimonial regimes and the property consequences of registered partnerships. They also confirmed the political agreement reached in a trilogue on a regulation simplifying the acceptance of certain public documents in the EU.

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    Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council on 22 September 2015

    On behalf of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Minister for Immigration and Asylum, Jean Asselborn convenes an extraordinary "Justice and Home Affairs" Council on 22 September 2015 in Brussels. This extraordinary JHA Council intends to provide the follow up of the meeting of 14 September. On this occasion, the Presidency wants the Council to adopt a Decision on a provisional mechanism for the relocation of 120.000 persons in need of international protection from Member States exposed to massive migratory flows.

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    Extraordinary JHA Council – The Ministers adopted by a qualified majority the provisional mechanism for the emergency relocation of 120,000 persons in need of international protection

    The European Ministers for Home Affairs or Immigration adopted by a qualified majority the temporary mechanism for the emergency relocation from Italy and Greece of 120,000 persons in need of international protection, during an extraordinary "Justice and Home Affairs" (JHA) Council held in Brussels on 22 September 2015. During a press conference, Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg's Minister for Immigration and Asylum, who chaired the Council, outlined that the agreement on this "temporary" mechanism, proposed by the European Commission on 9 September 2015, was reached by "a very large majority" and "went beyond that required by the Treaties". The relocation will benefit Italy and Greece, but not Hungary, which did not wish to participate in the mechanism.

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    In the wake of the extraordinary JHA Council devoted to the refugee crisis, Jean Asselborn appeals not to exclude the countries of Višegrad

    The Luxembourg Minister for Immigration and Asylum Jean Asselborn appealed not to exclude the countries of Višegrad, while emphasizing solidarity, in an interview with German ZDF Television of September 15, 2015. "Effort should be made to engage them and encourage them to promote solidarity", he said, in the wake of an extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) convened by the Luxembourg Presidency to find a response to the unprecedented scale of the refugee crisis.

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    Relocation of 40 000 refugees from Greece and Italy agreed by Council

    The JHA Council adopted on 14 September 2015 a decision establishing provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and Greece. This decision establishes a temporary and exceptional relocation mechanism over two years from the frontline member states Italy and Greece to other member states. It will apply to persons in clear need of international protection who have arrived or are arriving on the territory of those member states as from 15 August 2015 until 16 September 2017. Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg's Minister for Immigration and Asylum and President of the Council said: "I am delighted that the Council has now been able to adopt this Decision. This is an important political message".

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    Extraordinary JHA Council -

    European Ministers responsible for Home Affairs or Immigration met in Brussels on 14 September 2015 for an extraordinary session of the Justice and Home Affairs Council devoted to the European Union's response to the current unprecedented levels of migratory movements and the refugee crisis it is currently experiencing. During this meeting, the Ministers established "an agreement in principle" on the proposed emergency relocation of 120,000 people in need of international protection, without going into detail about how these people will actually be distributed between Member States. The JHA Council also formally adopted its decision concerning the relocation in the EU of 40,000 asylum seekers who have arrived in Greece or Italy.

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    Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council on 14 September 2015

    The Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union convenes an extraordinary "Justice and Home Affairs" Council on 14 September 2015 in Brussels. The situation of migration phenomena outside and inside the European Union has recently taken unprecedented proportions. In order to assess the situation on the ground, the political actions underway and to discuss the next steps in order to strengthen the European response, the Luxembourg Minister for Immigration and Asylum Jean Asselborn decided to convene an extraordinary JHA Council.

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    Refugee crisis – In several interviews published prior to the JHA Council, Jean Asselborn appealed for

    In a series of interviews published in Le Figaro, the Luxemburger Wort and the Tageblatt on 14 September 2015, the Luxembourg Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Jean Asselborn, reported on the refugee crisis. The subject is on the programme of the Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA), which he will chair on 14 September.

  • Updated 15-07-2015