19 July 2019
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Informal Justice & Home Affairs meeting , Finnish Council Presidency: Including: AI and law enforcement, migration and internal security
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"On Thursday 18 July, the home affairs ministers will discuss in their working sessions the future of EU internal security and migration policy. During the working lunch, they will address artificial intelligence. In the afternoon, the ministers will hold a political debate based on a fictitious hybrid threat scenario with the aim of highlighting hybrid threats from the internal security angle." [emphasis added]
The home affairs ministers will also look at ways of taking European migration policy forward. The main topics include cooperation with non-EU countries, reform of the common European asylum system, and return issues. The purpose of the session is to gather lessons learned in recent years and to consider how the outstanding issues could be solved."
Migration management: a joint effort by the EU and its partners(link): "The EU home affairs ministers met in Helsinki on 18 July to discuss internal security and migration."
"During the Finnish Presidency, means of addressing the root causes of migration will be on the agenda of the High-Level Working Group on Asylum and Migration, among other forums. The HLWG is also responsible for promoting cooperation between the EU and the African Union.(...)
Focus on smooth return and repatriation policies
Not all countries of origin of asylum seekers are today willing to take back their own nationals who have been refused asylum in Europe and who do not return voluntarily. In efforts to solve this problem, the bilateral foreign relations of individual member states, the readmission agreements signed by the EU and various other cooperation arrangements are equally important. The EU seeks to settle return-related problems by offering incentives or using other means available in the fields of visa policy and trade policy, for example."
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