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    Jean Asselborn qualifies the demonstration of the far right French party Front national against free movement in Schengen in Luxembourg as a “provocative and cynical action”

    Saturday, September 19th of 2015, the vice president of the Front national (FN), MEP member of the Europe of Nations and Freedom Group, Florian Philippot, traveled to Schengen (Luxembourg) to lay a wreath, he claimed, to the memory of free movement and to celebrate the return of national borders within the European Union. The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, condemned this provocative and cynical action.

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    Closing of the conference on EU citizenship and justice organised by the Luxembourg Presidency - The President of the General Court of the European Union, Marc Jaeger, discusses the particular role of the judge in the concept of European citizenship

    During the second day of the conference on EU citizenship and justice organised by the Luxembourg Presidency at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on 15 September 2015, the President of the General Court of the European Union (EU), Marc Jaeger, discussed the particular role of the judge in the construction and development of the concept of European citizenship. In his closing speech, Jörg Gerkrath, Professor at the University of Luxembourg, put the issues discussed during the two days into perspective.

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    Opening of the Conference on EU Citizenship and Justice, organised by the Luxembourg Presidency – Justice Minister Félix Braz states his position on the refugee crisis

    The Luxembourg Presidency is organising a conference on "EU Citizenship and Justice", on 14 and 15 September 2015. The meeting, which will be held at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), closes a round of conferences on the theme of the CJEU in the area of freedoms, security and justice organised by the Italy, Latvia and Luxembourg trio of Presidencies. Luxembourg's Minster for Justice, Félix Braz, spoke during the opening of the conference in Luxembourg, and stated his position on the refugee crisis.

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    • Justice and Home Affairs

    On 10 September 2015, the French daily "Le Monde" published an interview which journalist Jean-Pierre Stroobants, from the paper's European Bureau in Brussels, conducted with Jean Asselborn, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration. In this interview, the minister states his position on the refugee crisis and the challenges that it raises within the EU and its Member States. We are translating the article in its entirety with the kind permission of "Le Monde".

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    Xavier Bettel meets with Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of Holland, for talks devoted mainly to the

    On 9 September 2015, the Prime Minister, Minister of State, Xavier Bettel, hosted Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of Holland, on an official visit. The discussion mainly dealt with "the refugees problem" in Europe as well as ongoing work under the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which Holland will take over in the first half of 2016. Solidarity beyond Europe, the issue of quotas for relocating refugees within the EU, the list of safe countries common to all Member States and the central role of the Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) in decision-making were covered.

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    On the airwaves of Bel RTL and 100.7 fm, Xavier Bettel explained the mediating role which the Luxembourg Presidency wishes to play in the EU regarding the migration crisis

    In two interviews, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, set out the "mediating role" which Luxembourg, in its Presidency of the Council of the European Union, wishes to play in the EU which is faced with a huge influx of refugees, "people who are leaving everything behind in order to survive, and who are risking their lives to do so", as the Prime Minister pointed out. "Luxembourg is coordinating" the response to the situation; Luxembourg is seeking to "bring people together around the table" explained the Prime Minister.

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    Jean Asselborn calls for a European Asylum System and a specialised European jurisdiction to hear asylum cases

    In his speech to the European Union (EU) Ambassadors' Conference held on 3 September 2015 in Brussels, Luxembourg's Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn, called for a European Asylum System. Although the current system has a "European focus", "national management risks leading to striking differences between the length of proceedings and the international protection recognition rate", he explained. In his capacity as Minister of Immigration and Asylum, Jean Asselborn invited the Member States to "reconsider the logic of the system" at the extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council on 14 September 2015. The EU needs a specialised European jurisdiction to hear cases on international protection, applying common rules concerning the length of proceedings and granting approvals, considered Jean Asselborn.

  • Updated 15-07-2015