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EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies activities presented to the European Parliament

The Executive Director of the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL), Montserrat Marin López, and the Executive Director of the EU Agency for Asylum (EUAA), Nina Gregori, presented the highlights and priorities of the outgoing and incoming presidencies of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies’ Network (JHAAN) at the European Parliament today.

The network connects EU Agencies protecting the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. FRA is one of the nine JHA agencies. 

Collectively, they contribute to the implementation of the EU’s objectives in the fields of migration, asylum and external border management, the fight against organised crime, drug trafficking and terrorism, gender equality and respect for fundamental rights. They also facilitate the functioning of relevant EU IT systems, contribute to EU activities against drugs and drug addiction, and facilitate law-enforcement training.

In 2022, the technical support provided to Member States and EU institutions in responding to Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine was central to the network’s activities. Meetings took place throughout the year to monitor the situation and help ensure that Europe’s collective response met the changing needs. Several agencies also supported Moldova.

Digitalisation, cooperation with non-EU countries, training, and the implementation of the principles of the European Green Deal were the key priorities of the network under CEPOL’s chairmanship.

The EUAA took over the Presidency of the network from CEPOL on 1 January 2023. It will chair the network until 31 December 2023, then hand over to eu-LISA in 2024.

Digitalisation remains a key component of the network’s work programme for this year, along with the implementation of the EU Green Deal, cybersecurity and information provision in mixed migration situations.

The JHAAN priorities and programme for 2023 can be found online.