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    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Etienne Schneider presented the achievements of the Luxembourg Presidency in the field of internal security to the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Internal Security, Etienne Schneider, presented the achievements of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the field of internal security to the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament on 21 December 2015. Counter-terrorism has dominated these achievements. According to him, "substantial progress" was made on the following issues: implementing the renewed internal security strategy for the period 2015-2020, the new Europol regulations and the PNR Directive, the fight against foreign terrorist fighters and combating illicit trafficking of firearms.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Before the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament, Jean Asselborn gave an overview of the Luxembourg Presidency within the context of the migration and refugee crisis

    Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg's Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, visited Brussels on 21 December 2015 to give an overview of the Luxembourg Presidency before the European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee. Before MEPs, the Minister reviewed the work carried out in the field of migration policy and in respect of launching political dialogue with regard to the rule of law.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Félix Braz presented the achievements of the Luxembourg Presidency in the field of Justice and Data Protection to the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament

    On 21 December 2015, Félix Braz, the Luxembourg Minister of Justice, travelled to Brussels for the purpose of reporting on the achievements of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU before the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament, alongside Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Security, and Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and Minister of Immigration and Asylum. He presented the achievements of the Presidency in the field of Justice and Protection of Personal Data, specifically regarding the agreement reached on the regulation and the directive relating to the protection of personal data and regarding the agreements reached on procedural guarantees in criminal law matters. The Minister likewise pointed to the creation of a European Public Prosecutor's Office, the contribution of Justice in combatting terrorism and radicalisation, as well as judicial cooperation in the context of the migration crisis.

    • 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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    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy

    On 18 December 2015, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) endorsed an informal deal struck with the European Parliament on the first rules to strengthen the security of network and information systems across the EU. The network and information security (NIS) directive will increase cooperation between member states and lay down security obligations for operators of essential services and digital service providers.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Nicolas Schmit speaks on behalf of the Council with regard to the detention of asylum seekers before a European Parliament concerned with the respect of fundamental rights of migrants and refugees

    On 16 December 2015, Nicolas Schmit, the Minister responsible for relations with the European Parliament, spoke on behalf of the Council before MEPs meeting in plenary session for a debate on the detention and use of force with regard to asylum seekers. Nicolas Schmit explained that detention measures may only be taken in exceptional circumstances and must be non-arbitrary, since a migrant is entitled, like any other person, to the right to liberty on the basis of international and European law.

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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 · News articles
    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    TTE Telecommunications Council – EU regulations on telecommunications, network and information security and web accessibility at the heart of the discussions

    European Ministers for Telecommunications met in Brussels on 11 December 2015 to discuss telecommunications at the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE). The Council, chaired by Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg Prime Minister and Minister for Communications and Media, focused on the EU review of telecommunications, network and information security and web accessibility. The European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Günther Oettinger, also informed the Ministers about ongoing negotiations relating to the telecommunications / Information Society in the framework of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy

    On 10 December 2015, the Council adopted its position at first reading on directives on railway safety and interoperability, and a regulation on the European Railway Agency (ERA). Together, these legislative acts make up the technical pillar of the fourth railway package. To conclude the procedure, they still need to be formally approved by the European Parliament at second reading.

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy

    On 10 December, François Bausch, the Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, will chair the 'Transport' Council in Brussels. The Council will hold a policy debate on social aspects of road transport. The Luxembourg Presidency want to canvass the point of view of Member States on current legislation and on the best means of ensuring that it is interpreted harmoniously and applied across the board. The Commission intends to present new initiatives in 2016. During their working lunch, the ministers will discuss the issue of road safety. In the afternoon, the Council should adopt its position at the first reading on the three pieces of legislation that form the technical pillar of the fourth railway package. Furthermore, the Commission will present the air transport package called 'An Air Strategy for Europe' and report on the latest state-of-play for work concerning transport safety.

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    TTE Transport Council – Ministers discussed social aspects of road transport

    European Union (EU) Ministers for Transport met in Brussels on 10 December 2015 to discuss the Transport section of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE). The Council was chaired by François Bausch, the Luxembourg Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure. Ministers for Transport held a policy debate on the social aspects of road transport. During a working lunch, Ministers addressed issues related to road safety. The Council adopted at first reading its position on the three legislative acts that make up the technical pillar of the fourth railway package.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs, Territorial Cooperation
    ESPON Seminar – Experts have addressed the territorial aspects of refugee migration to Europe

    On 8 and 9 December 2015 within the framework of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Luxembourg-based ESPON cooperation programme organised a seminar dedicated to the territorial aspects of refugee migration, cross-border cooperation and the strategy for macro-regions. The seminar, entitled 'A world without borders' - Refugees, Cooperation and Territories', brought together in the Grand Duchy policy-makers, stakeholders, scientists and experts. It was also an opportunity to present the proposed changes for the implementation of the ESPON 2020 programme.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    First EU-wide rules to improve cybersecurity: deal with the European Parliament

    On 7 December 2015, the Luxembourg presidency of the Council reached an informal agreement with the European Parliament on common rules to strengthen network and information security (NIS) across the EU. Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg's Prime Minister and Minister for Communications and the Media, and President of the Council, said: "This is an important step towards a more coordinated approach in cybersecurity across Europe. All actors, public and private, will have to step up their efforts, in particular by increased cooperation between member states and enhanced security requirements for infrastructure operators and digital services".

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Foreign Affairs, Justice and Home Affairs
    EU - Western Balkans JHA Ministerial Forum – Jean Asselborn welcomes the cooperation on the refugee crisis, but calls for efforts to limit asylum requests in the EU from people coming from the Balkan countries

    The Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs of the Member States of the European Union (EU) and of Western Balkan countries met in Sarajevo on 7 and 8 December 2015 to participate in the annual EU - Western Balkan Ministerial Forum on 'Justice and Home Affairs' (JHA), which this year was dedicated to issues of migration, asylum, security, the fight against terrorism and judicial cooperation.

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    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.

  • Updated 15-07-2015