France and Germany focus on terrorism and migration
Paris, 18 September 2016
M. Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister of the Interior, spoke today to his German counterpart, Mr Thomas de Maizière, about the main priorities being promoted by France and Germany at European level concerning security and migration issues.
Regarding the fight against terrorism, the two ministers reaffirmed their shared determination to uphold their proposals – contained in the joint Franco-German initiative on domestic security, presented on 23 August 2016 – during the next JHA Council on 13-14 October.
In particular, during this forthcoming meeting of European Union interior ministers, they will reiterate their call for a legislative initiative by the European Commission on the issue of encryption, the interoperability of databases to improve information-sharing at European level, and a full-scale simulation exercise by the new European Border and Coast Guard before the end of the year, so that it can be fully operational as soon as possible. France is deploying 170 officers as part of the new corps.
Regarding migration issues, Bernard Cazeneuve emphasizes that he sees eye to eye with his German counterpart on the need to continue the EU’s support for the countries of first entry – Greece and Italy – through the establishment of hot spots and security checks at the EU’s external borders, including at airports, and in the programme to relocate people in clear need of protection, in which France and Germany are taking the lead. Likewise, the Interior Minister welcomes the agreement reached on the need to strengthen Europe’s policy of returning irregular, economic migrants to their countries of origin.
Lastly, on the issue of visa liberalization, the two ministers recalled that the adoption of the clause suspending visa liberalization is a precondition for any granting of this liberalization, which can take effect for each country concerned only if all the criteria set out by the European Union are strictly complied with./.