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Home affairs ministers met to discuss future of migration and asylum policy and internal security

EU2019FIMinistry of the Interior 2.12.2019 18.27
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Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo before the start of the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting
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The Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) met in Brussels on 2–3 December 2019. Home affairs ministers met on Monday 2 December, chaired by Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo. They discussed the future of EU migration and asylum policy and the future of EU internal security.

The discussion on the future of EU migration and asylum policy wrapped up the reflection process that was launched at the informal meeting of justice and home affairs ministers held in Helsinki in July and that has continued during the past months at the technical and political level.

During the Finnish Presidency, we’ve held wide-ranging and forward-looking discussions on migration, above all with a view to building trust between member states and providing ideas and tools for the new Commission. Expectations are of course high for the new Commission, especially with regard to migration and asylum policy.
 – Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo

The priorities of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union as regards migration have included treating all migration routes in a balanced and comprehensive way, discussing the core objectives of the common European asylum system, making better use of information in policy preparation and highlighting the importance of partnerships with third countries, particularly Africa. In addition, Finland’s Presidency was the first to launch substantive discussions on the links between migration and trade policy.

Internal security more than a matter of law enforcement

The ministers provided guidance for future developments in the area of internal security during the next legislative cycle (2019–2024).

Finland’s Presidency has adopted a broad-based approach to the debate on the future of EU internal security. Safeguarding internal security is not merely a matter for law enforcement authorities; for this task, they need the support of other authorities, organisations and society at large. The Presidency has adopted a similarly comprehensive approach to the issue of hybrid threats, as exemplified by the scenario-based hybrid exercises conducted at meetings of several working parties and at the informal meeting of justice and home affairs ministers in July.

Other topics of the meeting were the implementation of the European Border and Coast Guard regulation entering in force on 4 December, the implementation of the interoperability regulation following its entry into force on 11 June, and cooperation among counter-terrorism authorities.

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