Commissioners Avramopoulos and King in Luxembourg for Justice and Home Affairs Council

Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos and Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King will attend the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg on 7 and 8 October. On Monday, the Commissioners will update the Ministers on the state of play on the setting up of the European Public Prosecutors Office, following the agreement between the European Parliament and the Council to appoint Ms Laura Codruta Kövesi as the first European Chief Prosecutor. Participants at the meeting are expected to adopt the directive on whistleblower protection. In addition, the Commission will give a state of play of the negotiations for the EU-US agreement on cross-border access to e-evidence, as well as the negotiations on a second additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention and assess the Code of Conduct on online hate speech. Furthermore, Ministers are expected to adopt Conclusions on Eurojust as well as on the state of play of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, 10 years after its establishment. Eurojust will also present its new judicial counter-terrorism register. Finally, there will be several exchanges of views, one on the EU’s action against corruption and another on the fundamental rights challenges in 2020 and beyond, in presence of the Director of the Fundamental Rights Agency. On Tuesday morning, Home Affairs Ministers are expected to adopt conclusions on combating the sexual abuse of children. Ministers will hold policy debates on right-wing violent extremism and terrorism, hybrid threats and internal security as well as on the challenges and opportunities new technologies may bring to internal security. Commissioner Avramopoulos will join Ministers over lunch for an exchange of views on the state of play of the situation on all migratory routes and the EU response. The meeting will continue in the afternoon with a discussion on the implementation of the interoperability measures, which will close important security gaps by making EU information systems for security, migration and border management work together in a more intelligent and targeted way. The Commission and the Presidency will also inform Ministers about the implementation of the strengthened European Border and Coast Guard. A press conference with the participation of Commissioner Avramopoulos will take place on Tuesday +/- 16.15 and will be live streamed on EbS+.