Justice and Public Order Minister to attend JHA Council meeting

Justice and Public Order Minister Ionas Nicolaou leaves on Sunday for Brussels to attend the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on March 27-28, a PIO press release says.

The Council will exchange views on migration policy, focusing on the implementation of the Malta declaration of 3 February 2017. The declaration outlined measures to stem the flow of migration from Libya to Italy.

Ministers will also discuss the return policy, one of the key pillars of the EU overall migration policy, following a Commission communication on a more effective return policy, and a Commission recommendation on making returns more effective when implementing the Directive 2008/115/EC.

In addition, the Council will take stock of progress regarding several legislative proposals: the proposals to reform the common European asylum system a proposal on a European travel and information authorisation system (ETIAS) and the proposals on an entry/exit system

The Council will review progress at technical level on several legislative proposals: the directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content, the directive on countering money laundering by criminal law and the regulation on mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders.

Ministers will also discuss the state of play and way forward on the topic of criminal justice in cyberspace as well as exchange views on policy options for the criminal justice response to the issue of foreign terrorist fighter returnees.

Nicolaou will return home on March 29.

Source: Cyprus News Agency