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EU-USA Justice & Home Affairs December meeting
- "for the EU collectively more data, more variety of data and more tempo were needed."
14.12.16
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EU and US Justice and Home Affairs Ministers met in Washington on 4-5 December 2016. The main points on the agenda were counter-terrorism, borders and migration and visa reciprocity: Outcome of the EU – US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting, Washington, 4 – 5 December 2016 (LIMITE doc no: 15062-16, pdf)

"Counter-terrorism

On the issue of foreign terrorist fighters (FTF), the EU delegation stressed the potential threat posed by the returning fighters and the work being done to identify, screen and deal with such individuals. At EU level, enhancing information exchange and information management including interoperability solutions were important steps taken, but for the EU collectively more data, more variety of data and more tempo were needed. This would also enhance information exchange with the US partners...

The US side expressed concern with the situation on the ground but also gratitude that it was possible to exchange information effectively...

The US side expressed concern with the situation on the ground but also gratitude that it was possible to exchange information effectively."

"Border management, migration and related security aspects"

"The US gave a presentation on interoperability of databases after 9/11 the lessons learned during the 15 year long process of relevant agencies sharing data. The process was still ongoing as some issues endured and other emerged (e.g. biometrics, use of social media). The US offered its assistance in this matter.

The EU delegation reaffirmed the goal of creating an interoperable system with a single search interface. It welcomed the US offer for assistance as this was a very complex undertaking."

Visa reciprocity

"The EU raised the issue of visa reciprocity as an on-going priority but noted also that after the US elections no quick breakthrough could probably be expected. It underlined, nevertheless, that the citizens of the five remaining Member States did not pose a threat to US security and that the US had screening possibilities via ESTA....

The EU invited the US delegation to highlight to the transition team the considerable pressure from the European Parliament to continue the legal procedures, which would have detrimental effects for EU-US relations.

The US expressed appreciation for EU efforts so far. It understood that the EU continued to press for inclusion of EU 28 in the Visa Waiver Programme. It warned, however, that the proposals to scrap the whole programme had not entirely disappeared."

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