Meeting in Vienna ahead of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Wien (OTS) - "Today we have had a constructive meeting on common challenges in the areas of external border control, irregular migration and security. Our discussions focussed on the priorities of the upcoming Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which will start on 1 July this year" said the future EU Justice and Home Affairs Council President and the EU Commissioner following their meeting.
The Commissioner and the Federal Minister of the Interior agreed that there is a need to develop a citizen-oriented robust and future-proof Security Union. Topics discussed included an effective protection of the EU's external borders, a common asylum policy that equips the EU's member states for any challenges in the future as well as the current issues in the areas of extremism and terrorism.
The informal meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council in July and the EU security summit taking place in Salzburg in September will deliver an important contribution to advancing the EU's efforts in these areas. The EU summit in September in Salzburg is expected to produce concrete progress towards an EU Security Union.