EU Migration and Homeaffairs

Justice and Home Affairs Council addresses the state of the Schengen Area

Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, and Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, attended the Justice and Home Affairs Council held on 4 – 5 March in Brussels.  

Commissioner Johansson represented the Commission at the meeting of EU Home Affairs Ministers and Ministers of Schengen Associated Countries, where the overall state of the Schengen area was addressed. Among the subjects covered, particular focus was placed on the Schengen Evaluation, drug trafficking, interoperability, as well as the first evaluation of the European Border and Coast Guard Regulation. 

Commissioner Johansson also highlighted the progress made in streamlining the system of returns across the EU, underlining that “we are working as a team Europe.”  

Moreover, the consequences and implications of the situation in the Middle East and Russia’s aggression against Ukraine to EU security were also addressed. With regards to fighting organised crime, Ministers also discussed the Commission’s proposal  for a Regulation laying down rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse and the extension of the Interim Regulation agreed on 15 February 2024. 

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Link:, dated March 6, 2024 3:30 pm

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