JHA Council meeting provisional conclusions
Ending its 3279th meeting of 5 and 6 December, the JHA Council presents its conclusions. Topics discussed include the free movement of EU citizens, the Task Force Mediterranean, full application of the Schengen acquis by Bulgaria and Romania and the European citizenship report 2013.
On 5 and 6 December, the Justice and Home Affairs Council held its 3279th meeting and published its provisional conclusions.
Free movement of EU citizens
The Home Affairs Council debated inter alia on the free movement of EU citizens, taking into account the communication of the European Commission and concluded that work will continue in cooperation with Member State on the basis of the five actions, outlined in the communication. Despite the recent critiques on the freedom of movement, in the light of impact on national social security systems, the overwhelming majority of Member States agreed that free movement is a core principle of the EU and that it should be upheld and promoted.
Task Force Mediterranean
Following the invitation of the European Council towards the Task Force Mediterranean - which was set up to identify the tools which the EU has at its disposal and which could be used in a more effective way to avoid tragic events, alike Lampedusa - to identify priority actions and towards the Commission to communicate on the work of the Task Force, the HA Council welcomed the set of five actions, proposed by the TFM.
Full application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania
The Council decided to address this issue again at its earliest convenience with a view to considering the way forward on the basis of a two-step approach.
EU Citizenship Report 2013
The full text of the provisional conclusions of the JHA Council meeting can be read in the press release.
More information on the JHA Council can be found on the website.