EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers hold wide ranging discussions on fundamental rights issues

On 6-7 July, the Agency’s Director, together with the Head of its Freedoms and Justice Department, attended the informal meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers in Tallinn under the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

During the meeting the Agency’s Director spoke across a range of agenda items with respect to their fundamental rights impact and the expertise that the Agency can provide. These included the migration situation in the Mediterranean, which was followed by a discussion concerning return policy; data interoperability, followed by a discussion on data retention; the sale of consumer goods both online and offline; and the confiscation of criminal assets.

The two-day meeting provided an opportunity for the Agency to engage directly with ministers and their delegations, as well as with Commissioners and officials from the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament, and with Directors of other EU Agencies.