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JHA Council, 14 September, Brussels: documentation including terrorism and migration discussion papers
12.9.17
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"B" points agenda for discussion (pdf) and "A" points agenda adopted without discussion (pdf) See also: Background Note (pdf)

"Following recent terrorist attacks in Europe, ministers will discuss priority areas for action on counter-terrorism in the coming months.

Ministers will discuss the state of play and next steps regarding migration policy. They are expected to cover several aspects including the response to the migratory flows in the Central Mediterranean, the return of irregular migrants, the continued implementation of the EU-Turkey statement, relocation and the ongoing work on the concept of 'safe third countries'."

Migration

Note on: Migration: state of play and next steps - Exchange of views (LIMITE doc no: 11836/17, pdf) and REV 1 (LIMITE doc. dated 13 September 2017, pdf) This contains a new sectio 6 on cooperation with African states on "countries of origin and transit"

And see: Refugees: Council next steps (Statewatch News)

"They are expected to cover the comprehensive response to the migratory flows in the Central Mediterranean. This includes providing training for the Libyan Coast Guard, supporting border controls in southern Libya, Niger and Chad..."

See: Restricted document highlights plans for ongoing EU interventions in Libya (Statewatch News)

Terrorism

See: Fight against terrorism (11803/17, LIMITE, 6 September 2017, pdf):

"The Council strongly condemns the recent terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Turku and reaffirms its commitment to fight terrorism by all available means. Substantial progress has already been made at Member State and EU level to enhance the EU's ability to fight terrorism. The recent events have shown that the EU needs to swiftly finalise the measures planned and implement existing ones to improve the security of its citizens. The Presidency proposes to focus the Ministers' discussion on the following items, which should also be treated as priority for our immediate action/for the coming months..."

Priorities:

"- prevention of radicalisation
- use of the internet, in particular cooperating with internet companies to detect and remove harmful content and enhancing positive narratives online
- exchange of information and interoperability of EU information systems
- cooperation between law enforcement and the military
- cross-border police cooperation, including strengthening the ATLAS network, an association of special police units of EU member states
- protection of public spaces (soft targets)
- counter-terrorism related elements of the legislative proposals for a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and the addition of features to the Schengen information System (SIS)
- implementation of the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) directive."

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