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Home affairs Councils’ meeting conclusions

Home affairs Ministers meeting in the Justice and Home affairs Council on 9. 11. 2015 decided on a number of measures to handle the refugee and migration crisis and  set out a set of conclusions.

The Ministers stressed the necessity to safeguard the functioning of the Schengen area and to reduce migratory pressures. To that end the ministers decided to encourage Member States and relevant third countries to intensify ongoing efforts to substantially increase reception capacities. They urge to intensify the establishment of hotspots in Italy and Greece, with support of the Member States, the Commission, Frontex and EASO, until the end of November 2015. Member states should also speed up the relocation process and should nominate relocation liaison officers to Italy and Greece, preferably by 16 November 2015 also, first European Migration Liaison Officers (EMLOs) should be deployed as a matter of priority to Ethiopia, Niger, Pakistan and Serbia by the end of January 2016.

The Council also expressed support in its conclusions for the decision of the Presidency to upgrade the activation of the Integrated Political Crisis Response (IPCR) from information-sharing to full activation mode.

Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg’s Minister for Immigration and Asylum and President of the Council said: “In the situation in which we currently find ourselves it is essential to slow down the influx of people in order that these can be better managed by individual member states. That is why today’s Council has concentrated on the implementation and consolidation of decisions which have already been taken.”

Sources: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/jha/2015/11/09/

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2015/11/09-jha-council-conclusions-on-measures-to-handle-refugee-and-migration-crisis/

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