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Informal Meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers

Informal Meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers

Migration, the course of internal security and strengthening of common values and the rule of law will be the key issues as the justice and home affairs ministers of EU member states convene in an informal meeting in Helsinki on 18–19 July.

On Thursday 18 July, the home affairs ministers will discuss in their working sessions the future of EU internal security and migration policy. During the working lunch, they will address artificial intelligence. In the afternoon, the ministers will hold a political debate based on a fictitious hybrid threat scenario with the aim of highlighting hybrid threats from the internal security angle.

On Friday 19 July, justice ministers will discuss the future of justice. The first working session will be devoted to strengthening the rule of law, and the second will focus on topical challenges in the field of cooperation in criminal matters. The role of civil justice in multilateral cooperation will be discussed during the working lunch.

Agenda

Thursday 18 July

Who is who

8.00–8.45 Arrival of ministers at Finlandia Hall, doorstep and handshake

9.00 Opening of the meeting (live broadcast)

  • Opening words by Maria Ohisalo, Minister of the Interior

9.05–11.00 Working session I: The future of EU internal security

  • Introduction by Maria Ohisalo, Minister of the Interior (live broadcast)
  • Introduction by Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship
    (live broadcast)
  • Introduction by Julian King, Commissioner for Security Union (live broadcast)

11.00–11.30 Family photo (broadcast)

11.30–13.30 Working session II: The future of migration policy 

  • Introduction by Maria Ohisalo, Minister of the Interior (live broadcast)
  • Introduction by Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship (live broadcast)

13.30–15.00 Working lunch: Artificial intelligence

15.00–17.00 Working session III: Hybrid threats

17.15–17.45 Press conference (live broadcast)

  • Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo, Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Commissioner Julian King

Friday 19 July

Who is who

8.20–9.25 Arrival of ministers at Finlandia Hall, doorstep and handshake

9.30 Opening of the meeting (live broadcast)

Opening words by Anna-Maja Henriksson, Minister of Justice 

9.40–11.15 Working session I: The future of justice: strengthening the rule of law

  • Introduction by Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality (live broadcast)
  • Policy debate

11.45–13.00 Working session II: The future of justice: cooperation in criminal matters (detention and its alternatives)

  • Opening words by Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
    (live broadcast)
  • Introduction by  Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (live broadcast)
  • Policy debate

13.00–13.15 Family photo

13.15–14.45 Working lunch: EU civil justice and multilateral cooperation

  • Keynote by Christophe Bernasconi, Secretary General, Hague Conference on Private International Law (live broadcast)
  • Policy debate

14.45–15.15 Press conference (live broadcast)

  • Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson and Commissioner Věra Jourová

Discussion papers

Future of justice: Strengthening the rule of law
Future of justice: Detention and its alternatives
EU civil justice and multilateral cooperation

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Accreditation

Media guide

Indicative media programme

 

civil law
constitutional state
internal security
law
migratory movement

Time

18.7.2019 – 19.7.2019

Location

Mannerheimintie 13, Helsinki, Suomi

Organiser

Ministry of Justice
Ministry of the Interior