Several terrorist attacks in Europe have been prevented. Arrests and convictions have been made. Yet despite the efforts and ever-growing cooperation between EU countries and with non-EU states and international bodies, the threat remains significant. The EU's activities against terrorism are coordinated by Mr Gilles de Kerchove, who was appointed EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator in 2007.
The Stockholm Programme is a multi-annual programme which sets the priorities in JHA for the period 2010-2014. These priorities cover the areas of citizens' rights, judicial cooperation, security, border protection and visas, and immigration and asylum.
Meeting in Luxembourg on 9 and 10 October, home affairs and justice ministers held an in-depth discussion on the issue of foreign fighters. They also adopted conclusions on better managing migratory flows.
At the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 5 and 6 June, ministers discussed the issue of European foreign fighters and returnees from a counter-terrorism perspective.
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04/12/2014 Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA)
27/10/2014 High-level conference “Tackling sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination: next steps in EU and Member State policy making” - Brussels, 28 October 2014
10/10/2014 Council conclusions on 'Taking action to better manage migratory flows'
10/10/2014 Press release - 3336th Council meeting, Justice and Home Affairs, Luxembourg, 9 and 10 October 2014
The Council adopts legislation, in most cases together with the European Parliament, aimed at ensuring the free movement of people across the EU and offering citizens a high level of protection. It is responsible for asylum and immigration policies, judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters and the fight against crime and terrorism; it also deals with issues related to Europe's borderless Schengen area.
The Council is also in charge of facilitating and strengthening coordination of Member States' actions in the field of internal security. It does this by dealing with external border protection and by seeking to enhance police and customs cooperation.
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