4 June 2018
10:05 Public session
15:30 Public session
17:30 Press conference
5 June 2018
12:20 Public session
18:00 Press conference
Justice (Monday 4 June)
Directive on insolvency, restructuring and second chance
The Council agreed on a partial general approach on the directive on insolvency, restructuring and second chance. The agreement covers, in particular, aspects related to the discharge of debts, measures to increase the efficiency of procedures and the collection of data on those procedures.
This directive, once adopted, will support growth and jobs across the EU and help develop a business culture in which entrepreneurs are allowed to fail and try again. I hope today's agreement will pave the way for a full Council position later this year and political agreement before the European Parliament elections.
Tsetska Tsacheva, Bulgarian minister of Justice E-evidence
Ministers of justice and home affairs discussed the proposal of the Commission and reaffirmed its importance for ensuring effective and quick mechanisms to collect and use e-evidence. With regards to recent international developments, in particular the adoption of the US CLOUD act, the Council was supportive of a common approach at EU level and encouraged the Commission to continue its contacts with the US authorities and to urgently submit a negotiation mandate, ideally before the summer recess.
Ministers were informed by the Presidency about progress on the new 2019-2023 e-Justice Strategy and Action Plan. The main elements of the new strategy which have already taken shape will contribute to the modernisation of justice at national and European level.
The framework and principles agreed for the draft strategy and action plan will entail: ensuring the sustainability of e-Justice projects, developing the principle of interoperability between member states' national electronic systems, and preserving the principle of voluntary participation in projects.
Home affairs (Tuesday 5 June)
Home affairs ministers will take stock of the files related to the reform of the common European asylum system. In the morning, ministers will discuss informally the application of the principles of responsibility and solidarity.
Home affairs ministers will also discuss the Commission proposal to reform the visa code in view of new security and migration challenges. Ministers are expected to focus on the new mechanism linking visa policy and readmission of irregular migrants.
Over lunch, ministers will take stock of the situation on the Mediterranean migratory routes. Actions undertaken by the EU and member states in recent years have resulted in a decrease in the number of arrivals.
The Council will discuss, in the presence of the counter-terrorism group (CTG), possible opportunities for further cooperation between competent authorities dealing with counter-terrorism.
Ministers will also review the impact of the first EU policy cycle for organised and serious crime (2014-2017). They will also reflect on possible areas for further improvement.