Justice and Home Affairs Council, 18/05/2017

Council of the EU

Main results

Common European asylum system reform

Ministers discussed informally the effective application of the principles of responsibility and solidarity in the context of the reform of the Common European Asylum System. The presidency will continue its efforts to take forward work on this topic. 

The principle of solidarity is enshrined in the Treaties of the European Union, and it is the duty of every Member State to implement what has been agreed in past Councils. The issue of migration still requires urgent action.”

Carmelo Abela Maltese Minister for Home Affairs and National Security

Fight against serious and organised crime

The Council adopted conclusions on setting the EU's priorities for the fight against serious and organised crime during the 2018-2021 policy cycle. These conclusions identify 10 EU crime priorities: cybercrime, drugs, facilitating illegal immigration, organised property crime, trafficking in human beings, excise and missing trader intra community fraud, firearms, environmental crime, criminal finances and money laundering, and document fraud.

Aviation security 

The European Commission briefed ministers on the meeting held between the EU and the US on 17 May 2017 to discuss issues related to aviation security and, in particular, security procedures for large electronic items. 

Other items 

Informal discussions took place between home affairs and defence ministers, and home affairs and development ministers. 

We have had two very interesting joint meetings today with Defence and Development Ministers. The dialogue between various Council formations has highlighted the need for more coordination and coherence among different policies and will hopefully enhance the effectiveness of the EU's work in relation to migration and in the fight against terrorism.”

Carmelo Abela Maltese Minister for Home Affairs and National Security 


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