The Minister of Justice will participate in the Informal Meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers in Malta

He Minister of Justice and Public Order, Mr Ionas Nicolaou, will travel today to Valetta, Malta, to participate in the deliberations of the Informal Meeting of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Ministers of the European Union to be held on 26 and 27 January 2017.

During the first day of the deliberations, asylum and migration issues will be discussed, with emphasis on the practical implementation of solidarity measures in cases of excessive migration pressures. The purpose of the debate is the formulation of a common understanding that will allow a uniform management of the migration flows between the member states in accordance with the principle of responsibility and the obligation of the member states to respond adequately to their obligations under the Common European Asylum System (CEAS).

Following, the Ministers will exchange views on various effective measures to control the crossing points, through the increased use of technological systems and the interconnection between the various databases. The objective is the formulation of a mechanism that will allow effective monitoring and tracking of returned fighters from the territories of the Islamic caliphate.

On the second day of the Meeting, the Ministers are expected to exchange views on the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office, in order to establish a road map for the promotion of the proposal, through the mechanism of enhanced cooperation. Additionally, a Commission’s proposal for a Directive on the insolvency of companies will be presented to the Ministers. The Directive provides for the introduction of measures to allow firms take timely restructuring in order to continue their activities. The Directive also contains rules that allow entrepreneurs to benefit from a second chance, through a full discharge from their debts, after a period of three years. The ultimate goal is to reduce the lengthy procedures which are applied today and to rescue as many jobs as possible.

Minister Nicolaou returns to Cyprus on Saturday, 28 January.

Source: Press and Information Office