EU-USA Justice and Home Affairs Officials meeting: including "Racially-motivated violent extremism"


The minutes of the most recent EU-USA Justice and Home Affairs Senior Officials Meeting.

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Racially-motivated violent extremism

"Both sides agreed that racially-motivated violent extremism is a rising phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic, with proven international links between groups. Delegations agreed that it deserves a more intense cooperation between law enforcement authorities. Such cooperation could include a seminar in the coming months to discuss possible measures.

The US delegation underlined the fact that one of the greatest challenges for combatting this form of extremism is ensuring that actions perpetrated by right-wing/supremacist groups are designated as terrorist crimes."

Cross border access to electronic evidence

"Delegations discussed relevant legislative development on both sides, in particular the progress in the negotiation of an EU-US agreement on cross-border access to electronic evidence. They both acknowledge the positive dynamic of the negotiation rounds held so far and look forward to continuing the process towards a mutually satisfying agreement, in full compliance with their legal frameworks".(emphasis added throughout)

Challenges related to encryption

Concern was expressed at the growing number of internet companies adopting wide use of encryption:

"They underlined the need for a fair balance between the right to privacy and the lawful access by law enforcement agencies to encrypted data.."

Ethical and liability aspects of artificial intelligence

"The US delegation concurred on the importance of exchanging information on relevant
aspects of AI, for example in what concerns investigative data handling or surveillance techniques. Both delegations agreed that the matter of AI should be a feature of their JHA dialogue."

The EU-USA Justice and Home Affairs Senior Officials meeting on 5-6 March 2020 discussed some old and some new issues (LIMITE doc no 7083-20), (pdf)

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