06/12/2012 - 07/12/2012
Where: Justus Lipsius building, Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Justice and citizens rights
Organiser: Council of the EU
Home affairs issues:
Home affairs ministers will be briefed by the presidency about the state of play regarding the establishment of a common European asylum system (CEAS), in particular with reference to the directive on asylum procedures, the regulation on "Eurodac" (a fingerprint database) and the so-called Dublin regulation.
Furthermore, ministers will hear a presentation of implementation reports on the EU counterterrorism strategy and on the EU strategy for countering the financing of terrorism.
The Council is due to adopt conclusions on aviation security against terrorist threats.
The Council will discuss the mid-term review of the Stockholm programme, which establishes the strategic guidelines for the period 2010-2014 in the area of freedom, security and justice. This issue will be dealt with both by home affairs and by justice ministers.
On the sidelines of the Council, the Mixed Committee will be briefed on developments in relation to the Schengen Information System (SIS II) and on the state of play on implementation measures undertaken to simplify the exchange of information between national law enforcement authorities. The Committee will also consider the functioning of the Schengen area on the basis of the second bi-annual report on this issue, to be presented by the Commission.
Justice ministers will be called on to agree a general approach on three legislative proposals:
Furthermore, the Council will discuss two proposed regulations on the jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions as regards matrimonial property regimes, on the one hand , and the property consequences of registered partnerships, on the other . The aim is to agree political guidelines on certain issues relating to those proposals.
The Council will hold a debate on the proposal to create a European account preservation order to facilitate cross-border debt recovery in civil and commercial matters. Here too, the Council will aim to establish a number of guidelines for the continuation of work. Ministers will also hold a debate on the proposed revision of the 1995 regulation on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (General Data Protection regulation). In addition, they will take stock of progress made on the linked proposal for a directive on the protection of individuals when authorities process personal data in dealing with criminal offences.
The Council will take note of the state of play on a proposed directive on the protection of the EU's financial interests by criminal law . The goal is to deter fraudsters, improve the prosecution and sanctioning of crimes against the EU budget, and facilitate the recovery of
misused EU funds.
Moreover, the Council is due to adopt the new EU drugs strategy for the years 2013-2020.
Finally, the Council will take note of the state of play on the accession of the EU to the European Human Rights Convention and review the work achieved during the second semester of 2012 in the area of e-justice.
A presidency briefing, agenda and background note will be published on the Council website closer to the date of the meeting.