EPP Home Affairs and Migration Ministers met today in Brussels, chaired by European Commission Vice-President Margaritis SCHINAS and Belgium’s Minister of Interior Annelies VERLINDEN to prepare the upcoming Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council. EPP Secretary General Thanasis BAKOLAS also attended.
At the informal dinner meeting, ministers exchanged views on progress on the negotiations on the various proposals of the Pact on Migration and Asylum and expressed their expectation that trilogue negotiations will swiftly result in a common EU framework on asylum and migration management during the current institutional cycle. Ministers also discussed the State of Play of the Schengen area and efforts to improve Europe’s system of returns.
Furthermore, ministers discussed the security situation in the EU, and notably the implications of both Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and the Israel-Hamas war for the EU’s internal security.
Additionally, Belgium’s Minister of Interior, Annelies VERLINDEN, presented the key priorities of the incoming Belgian Presidency, which starts in January 2024. In the field of Home Affairs, the fight against organised crime, in particular drug trafficking, and also preventing and tackling terrorism and violent extremism will be among the Presidency's main priorities.

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