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Justice and Home Affairs Council (Home Affairs) – arrival and doorstep Romanian EU presidency (Carmen Dan)

Home affairs (Friday 7 June)

Home affairs ministers will discuss the future of EU law enforcement policy in the run-up to the adoption of the next strategic agenda at the June European Council. This discussion is expected to be continued in more detail later this year.

Ministers will seek to agree on a partial general approach on the reform of the return directive. This proposal aims to improve the rate of returns of those without the right to stay in Europe.

The Council will also aim to reach partial general approaches on sectoral home affairs funds in the context of the next multiannual financial framework (MFF). The agreements would exclude budget-related and horizontal issues which are currently being discussed as part of the negotiations on the EU’s next multiannual financial framework for the period 2021 to 2027.

Ministers will be briefed on the cooperation between competent authorities dealing with counter-terrorism. The counter-terrorism coordinator will update ministers on the implications of 5G in the area of internal security.

Finally, ministers will discuss the challenges ahead on migration and asylum. Over lunch, ministers will exchange views on this topic with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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