Vice-President Schinas, Commissioners Reynders and Johansson to take part in EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial meeting© European Union, 2021, EC - Audiovisual Service, General view during the minute of silence
Tomorrow morning, Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice, and Ylva Johansson, Commissioner for Home Affairs, will take part in a ministerial meeting dedicated to justice and home affairs issues with the US in Lisbon. It will be the first such meeting to be held in person with the new US administration since the easing of coronavirus-related restrictions. Secretary for Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bruce Swartz will represent the US. The meeting is held twice a year to advance transatlantic cooperation in the area of justice and home affairs and address common challenges. Tomorrow’s discussions will focus on cooperation and information exchange in the fight against terrorism, including the EU-US Passenger Name Record agreement. Participants will also discuss the fight against violent extremism, hate speech, racism and xenophobia. Turning to the challenges and opportunities of the digital age, participants will focus on the responsibility of online platforms, with an update on addressing terrorist content and child sexual abuse online, an update on ePrivacy and the proposed Digital Services Act and a discussion on cyber security and artificial intelligence. In a last session dedicated to migration and mobility, participants will notably discuss visa reciprocity before turning to the resumption of international travel. The meeting will build on the outcome of the EU-US summit of 15 June. A press conference with Vice-President Schinas, Commissioners Reynders and Johansson will take place tomorrow at 14.00 CET which you can follow live on EbS. A statement will be published here tomorrow after the meeting.