EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council, 9-10 June 2016: adopted conclusions and action plans

At the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 9-10 June 2016, EU interior and justice ministers adopted numerous sets of conclusions, a number of which are provided here. The conclusions on financial investigation and the creation of a European Forensic Science Area also include action plans setting out proposed activities for Member States and EU agencies and institutions.

Council conclusions are termed "soft law" as they are not legally binding on EU member states. However, they are statements used by the Council to signal political agreement on an issue and can enable (and legitimate) cooperation between two or more member states. This may involve changes in practice or law at national level, or the undertaking of joint operational action. As such they have been used by as few as three member states or by all. Conclusions also set out the direction of policies to be pursued when the European Commission issues a proposal.

The full list of adopted conclusions can be found here (Council, link).

Documents (pdfs):

  • Council conclusions on the administrative approach to prevent and fight serious and organised crime
  • Application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in 2015
  • Council conclusions on improving criminal justice in cyberspace
  • Council conclusions on the European Judicial Cybercrime Network
  • Council Conclusions and Action Plan on the way forward with regard to financial investigation
  • Council Conclusions and Action Plan on the way forward in view of the creation of an European Forensic Science Area
  • Council conclusions on the return and readmission of illegally staying third-country nationals
  • Conclusions of the Council of the European Union and of the Member States meeting within the Council on addressing trafficking in human beings (THB) for labour exploitation

    See also: Statewatch Observatory: Proceedings of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, 1993 - present

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