European Justice and Home Affairs Meet and Act

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Tuesday, July 1, 2003
Bruce Zagaris
On April 25-26, 2002, the European Union’s Justice, Home Affairs and Civil Protection ministers held their 2423rd Council meeting under the Spanish presidency. The Council adopted conclusions with respect to improving the prevention of illegal immigration and human beings to ensure appropriate coordination between migration policy and the best use of all the instruments available in the framework of the EU external relations. The Council noted that the EU Commission will start implementing immediately the on February 28, 2002, and will submit by February 2003 a feasibility study on the improvement of sea border controls throughout the EU. The Council underscored the need to adopt operation measures, especially: improvement of current information systems, especially the Early Warning System; the strengthening coordination among liaison officers posted in the countries of origin and transit of illegal immigrants; and the use of new technologies. The prioritization of cooperation on migration smuggling and trafficking in humans indicate the efforts to implement the UN Convention on Transnational organized Crime even though it is not yet in force due to its lack of the requisite 40 ratifications (having on 11).