Justice and Home Affairs Ministers to Discuss the Future of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
The first informal ministerial meeting under Croatian Presidency will take place in Zagreb on 23 and 24 January. The meeting is jointly organised by Croatian Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of Justice.
The justice part that takes place on the 23rd of January will be chaired by the Minister of Justice Dražen Bošnjaković, while the home affairs part that takes place on 24th will be chaired by the Vice-President of the Government and the Minister of Interior Davor Božinović. On both instances, the ministers will discuss how to plan strategically the area of freedom, security and justice in the next five-year period.
Strategic planning in the area of freedom, security and justice
The Croatian Presidency believes that it is essential to continue looking ahead and to start preparing the ground for strategic guidelines under Article 68 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, which will take forward the Strategic Agenda and facilitate its implementation.
Judicial training and cooperation
Ministers of justice will also discuss the challenges that we face in the area of judicial training. Challenges like how to better reach target groups, how to make the content of training more comprehensive and how to advance methods of providing judicial training will be discussed by the ministers.
One of the crucial topic for the ministers of justice – judicial cooperation – will also be on the agenda. The ministers will discuss on how to improve the role and functioning of the European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters at EU and national level.
Combatting organized smuggling networks
On Friday, Home affairs ministers will discuss how to improve the cooperation in combatting organized smuggling networks. The discussion will also provide an opportunity to reflect on the current developments in Libya and Turkey and to consider the possible impact of these developments on migratory flows to the EU.
Implementation of interoperability
The preparations on national and EU Agencies’ level for the implementation of the new IT architecture and interoperability is a priority of the Croatian EU Presidency. This year will be crucial in terms of procuring the necessary technical equipment and advancing in the development of the Entry-Exit system.
Discussions on the European Border and Coast Guard
The ministers will overview the steps needed in the coming months to ensure the timely operationalization of the standing corps of the European Border and Coast Guard. Another important angle of this discussion will be the Agency’s role in conducting effective return procedures.
INFORMATION FOR THE MEDIA
Please make sure that you have your accreditation badge and that you are registered for the event. Accreditation badges can be picked up at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (Trg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog 8, Zagreb) during following hours:
- 14.00 – 20.00 h on Wednesday, 22 January 2020
- 8.00 – 20.00 h on Thursday, 23 January 2020
- 8.00 – 14.00 h on Friday, 24 January 2020
The Press Centre at the National and University Library will be open from 7.00 h to 20.00 h on 23 and 24 January. Late accreditation desk is located at the Press Centre entrance. For all info on the Press Centre and accreditation, please contact:
Držislav Ujević Drzislav.Ujevic@mvep.hr +385 (0)99 387 51 93
Marija Gudelj Racich Marija.Gudelj-Racich@mvep.hr +385 (0)99 387 51 92
Media will be allowed to record the arrivals and the press conferences, while welcome handshakes and family photo will be recorded only by the host broadcaster and official photographer. All photos will be uploaded on Flickr and can be downloaded from there free of charge.