Minister of the Interior Ohisalo to the informal meeting of EU home affairs ministers in Croatia

Ministry of the Interior 22.1.2020 7.00
Press release 4/2020
Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo.
Photo: European Union

Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo will attend the informal meeting of the EU home affairs ministers in Zagreb on 24 January. This will be the first informal meeting of ministers during the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The home affairs ministers will continue to discuss the future of the EU's home affairs on the basis of the discussions held during Finland's Presidency.

“Finland, as part of the Presidency Trio, supports the Croatian Presidency and discussions on the future of internal security and migration. It is important for us to build closer cooperation between EU Member States in migration policy and strengthening internal security,” Minister Ohisalo says.

The ministers will also discuss human trafficking and, in particular, the Western Balkans route. The Croatian Presidency wishes to highlight the role of organised crime in exploiting human misery.

Other themes on the agenda will include the interoperability of information systems, which was discussed during Finland's Presidency. This relates to a total of six EU-wide information systems, which is a huge undertaking on an EU scale. Effective implementation requires not only technical measures and legislation, but also sufficient resources in the EU and the Member States. What makes this even more difficult is the fact that the interoperability of the systems requires successful implementation in a commensurate manner in all Member States.

The ministerial meeting will also discuss the implementation of the regulation on the European Border and Coast Guard. As of 2021, Member States will have to second staff to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency’s (Frontex) standing corps, which will grow to 10,000 people by 2027.

In connection with the meeting, Minister Ohisalo will also meet the new EU Commissioner responsible for migration, Ylva Johansson.

Laura Yli-Vakkuri, Director General, tel. +358 40 720 2216, [email protected]