Justice and Home Affairs Council, 14/09/2017

Council of the EU

Main results

Infographic - Migration flows: Eastern and Central Mediterranean routes

Migration flows: Eastern and Central Mediterranean routes


Home affairs ministers discussed the state of play and next steps in the field of migration and in particular regarding the Mediterranean. They took stock of events over the summer and focused on a number of issues where further action is needed at EU level.

They covered the comprehensive response to the migratory flows in the Central Mediterranean, which over the last months has resulted in a lower number of arrivals, as well as work in other areas such as the return of irregular migrants and cooperation with third countries.

“The decrease in arrivals in recent months in the Central Mediterranean represents a positive trend, but we are not there yet. We must now continue to work to ensure that this remains the case along all routes. That means cooperation with third countries, implementing return policy and supporting transit countries like Libya. 
No country in European Union should be left alone in dealing with large flows of irregular migration. We therefore need to become more efficient in identifying those who are genuinely in need of international protection and return those who do not have the right to stay in Europe."

Andres Anvelt, Estonian Minister of the Interior

Fight against terrorism

Following recent terrorist attacks in Europe, ministers were updated on priority areas for action in the coming months. These include working on the prevention of radicalisation, improving the exchange of information, reflecting on the protection of public areas and working on the counter-terrorism related elements of the legislative proposals on a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and on the addition of features to the Schengen Information System (SIS).

The Commission also informed ministers about the state of play on the draft EU-Canada PNR agreement following the opinion issued by the European Court of Justice on 26 July 2017. In its opinion, the Court declared that the agreement cannot be concluded in its current form because several of its provisions are incompatible with EU fundamental rights.

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