Council meeting on Justice and Home Affairs: migration related issues on the agenda

The Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting gathering all EU 28 Justice and Home Affairs national ministers took place on 9 and 10 October 2014. A strategic approach and operational priorities have been defined to take action to better manage migratory flows.

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On the occasion of the 3336th Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting, the following migration related items were discussed:

  • Foreign fighters, including improving checks at external borders as well as specific actions that will help speed up the implementation of the measures already approved in this field;
  • Task Force Mediterranean, in the context of which the Council welcomed the announcement by the Commission and Frontex on the launch, by 1 November 2014, of the EU-funded operation Triton;
  • State of play of the directive on the conditions of entry and residency of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, pupil exchange, remunerated and unremunerated training, voluntary service and au pairing;
  • Revised Greek action plan on asylum and migration management;
  • Draft regulation on the recast of the Union Code on Visas

A specific attention has been given to taking action to better manage migratory flows. Council conclusions in this particular field have been adopted stressing that the guiding principles for achieving a strategic and operational approach to better manage migratory flows are:

  • Action in cooperation with third countries
  • Reinforced management of external borders and Frontex
  • Action at member state level - reception and fingerprinting

The full Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting press release can be dowloaded or read here

Publication Date: Fri 10 Oct 2014
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