15 December 2021
The agenda of the EU-USA Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting, taking place tomorrow, will include discussions on artificial intelligence; counter-terrorism; "relevant developments" regarding Passenger Name Record travel surveillance; and "Reporting on first meeting of the re-activated EU-US Migration Platform".
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NOTE from: Presidency to: Delegations: EU – US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting, Washington DC, 16 December 2021 - Agenda (Council doc. 14851/21, LIMITE, 8 December 2021, pdf - full-text of the agenda copied below)
A statement published by the US government following the last EU-USA JHA meeting offers little information, but notes that officials "discussed migration-related challenges and the relaunching of the U.S.-EU Migration Platform to coordinate U.S. and EU approaches to migration and share best practices at the experts’ level."
The Washington Post reported yesterday that US officials are considering ways "to set up European-style reception centers along the Mexican border that would transform the way asylum seekers are processed and potentially curb the large-scale release of migrants into the United States," although it is unknown if this has been a topic of discussion at the "Migration Platform".
The article notes large-scale reception centres in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland as a possible source of 'inspiration'; it does not mention the far more notorious "hotspots" established in Greece and Italy.
EU – U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting
Washington DC, 16 December 2021
1. Welcome and introductions
2. Tackling cybercrime, digital challenges and opportunities
a. International legal instruments, focus on the upcoming negotiations of the UN Convention on Cybercrime
b. Child exploitation and child sexual abuse online
d. Artificial intelligence, other digital tools, and digital challenges, in the JHA area
3. Areas for further cooperation in the justice field
a. Justice contribution to reaching sustainability goals – focus on: environmental crime
b. Access to justice and the rule of law
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4. Cooperation on combatting terrorism and extremism
a. Counterterrorism priorities and information sharing, including cooperation as a result of the situation in Afghanistan
b. Cooperation against violent extremism, radicalisation, hate crime and speech
c. Passenger Name Records (PNR): Update on relevant developments
a. Migration and asylum developments
i. Reporting on first meeting of the re-activated EU-US Migration Platform
ii. Fight against migrant smuggling and the state-sponsored instrumentalisation of migrants as a hybrid tactic
iii. Migration challenges arising from the situation in Afghanistan
iv. Developments in the Americas
c. Expansion of the US VWP to Croatia and Visa Reciprocity Tripartite meeting
d. Information point: EU Digital COVID Certificate
6. Priorities of the incoming French Presidency
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