EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies heads discuss support to EU migration and security agendas

The FRA Director outlined the Agency’s role and current work in providing practical, hands on fundamental rights expertise and support to EU institutions and Member States during the annual heads of Justice and Home Affairs agencies meeting in Lisbon on 28 November.

The European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, Heads of EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies and senior representatives from the European Commission, European Council and European Parliament were all present. The event hosted by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA), as current Chair of the network, took stock of the agencies’ joint achievements in 2017 and allowed for an exchange of views on strategic developments and the implications for the agencies’ work. The focus was primarily on how the agencies can best cooperate to support the implementation of the EU Agendas on Migration and Security. The network’s 2017 achievements and 2018 priorities will be presented to the Council’s Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security (COSI) in December, followed by a presentation to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).