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January 1st 2019 - Romania took over the Presidency of the EU Council. The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) is in charge with the internal affairs component

More than 320 specialists from M.I.A. are involved in the proper development of the working activities during the six months in which Romania holds the Presidency of the EU Council.

Starting with today, Romania assures the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, consequently M.I.A. will chair, for a period of six months, the Council's internal affairs component.

During this period, the Ministry of Internal Affairs will lead 20 working groups, it will also provide expertise for 10 working groups under the responsibility of other ministries and it will be involved with its specialists in other 3 working groups at the level of European agencies.

Totally, the MIA will manage the issues discussed in more than 200 working groups meetings that will be held mainly in Brussels.

Also, during the six months of the Romanian Presidency, the MIA will organize 20 informal events in Romania, including 2 ministerial meetings, 9 senior officials meetings - directors and heads of agencies and 9 expert meetings.

The first event of this kind will take place in Bucharest in January, from the 29th to the 31st. It will be organized by the Department for Emergency Situations and the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations, and will focus on the preparedness of the disasters with a low probability of occurance, but with a major impact issue.

The informal meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, at a ministerial level, will be the next event and will also take place in Bucharest on the interval of time from the 7th to the 8th of February 2019.

Among the priorities for the internal affairs component of the Romanian Presidency of the Council there are the following issues: the continuing of important files in progress, such as migration, the management of external borders and the strengthening of the internal security of the European Union.

Other files issues, that the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs will treat as priorities during the Presidency of the Council of the EU, are those of countering online terrorist content and developing the community policing principle at EU level.

The concept of community policing is an initiative of the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs in order to facilitate the relationship between the police forces and the expat communities in the Member States of the European Union.

Romania has a notable expertise in this field, with Romanian policemen carrying out operative missions in countries such as Italy, Spain, France or Bulgaria. The missions were finalized with very good result outputs in the field of preventing and countering crime with authors or victims among the Romanian citizens domiciled in the mentioned countries.

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December 7th 2018 - Preventing and countering online radicalization and the promotion of terrorism through the Internet, a priority of the European Union

Minister of Internal Affairs, Carmen Dan, along with European Commissioners Julian King and Dimitris Avramopoulos, attended the EU Internet Forum held in Brussels these days.

European security agencies have provided details of interest regarding the activity of terrorist groups on the Internet, including on social networks. Thus, terrorists use Internet platforms to attract youngsters and teenagers in particular.

The main method used by the terrorists to spread their message on the virtual space is the uploading of video clips glorifying the terrorist attacks.

Representatives of the Radicalization Awareness Network, Europol and European Commission have repeatedly drawn attention to the urgent need to adapt the national legislation of the Member States to the threats posed by online radicalization.

The main ways identified at EU level to fight this phenomenon are to remove terrorist content from the web sites and to promote alternative messages to the target audience.

The fight against this phenomenon will be a priority of the JHA Council during the Romanian Presidency term.

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December 6th 2018 - Starting with the 1st of January 2019, Romania takes over the Presidency of the EU Council. The Ministry of Internal Affairs will coordinate the JHA Council's internal affairs constituent

The program assumed by the MIA for the timeframe of January 1st - June 30th, 2019 is presented in Brussels by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Carmen Dan and includes among its priorities the strengthening of the Union's internal security, the management of external borders, migration and the fight against online radicalization.

The JHA Council meeting, which is taking place today, 6th of December 2018, in Brussels, is the last held under the aegis of the Austrian Presidency, and from the 1st of January 2019 until 30th of June 2019, the Presidency of the of the European Union Council will be exercised by Romania.

Among the priorities for the internal affairs component of the Romanian Presidency of the Council there is the continuation of important work files in progress, such as migration, the management of external borders and the strengthening of the internal security of the European Union.

A very important aspect in the field of migration and management of external borders is the strengthening of the role of Frontex, which means increasing the human and logistical capabilities that Member States provide to this European agency.

Other files that the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs will treat as priorities during the Presidency of the EU Council are those related to fighting online terrorist content and developing at EU level the concept of community policing.

With regard to countering terrorist radicalization in the on-line environment, important discussions are ongoing, including with major corporations that manage social networks and solutions are being sought for an European regulation by means of which states can block this content when it occurs.

The concept of community policing is an initiative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, aimed at facilitating the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the expat communities within the Member States of the European Union.

Romania has a notable expertise in this field, with Romanian police officers carrying out operational missions in countries such as Italy, Spain, France or Bulgaria. The missions were concluded with very good results in the area of preventing and combating crime involving Romanian citizens living in the above-mentioned countries, as perpetrators or victims.

The next JHA Council meeting, in an informal format, will be held in Bucharest on February 6-8, 2019.

In the first six months of 2019, Romania will host dozens of high-level events, including the EU-US Ministerial Reunion on Justice and Home Affairs.

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December 6th 2018 - The rights of the Romanian citizens living in Great Britain after Brexit, the European citizens̛ safety and the migration phenomenon – topics of the bilateral meetings held between minister Carmen Dan and her counterparts from Bulgaria, Great Britain and Germany

The meetings were held under the aegis of JHA Council that took place in Brussels, today, December 6th, 2018.

During the first bilateral meeting, the two interior ministers, from Romania and Bulgaria, emphasized the importance of the strategic partnership between the two states in order to accomplish the priority objectives at the European Union level.

The two officials pledged to cooperate on sensitive matters currently under discussion in the Council, especially on the migration-related files.

Also, the interior ministers of the two countries convened that Romanian police officers should conduct a new operational assignment in Bulgarian resorts, starting with December 17th this year, until March next year. The assignment is deemed necessary on account of the large number of Romanian tourists which will be visiting the Bulgarian resorts in that timeframe.

Furthermore, Minister Carmen Dan and her Bulgarian counterpart, Mladen Marinov, agreed to broaden the cooperation regarding state borders, by opening a new border crossing point, and to develop a new Romania-Bulgaria-Serbia format, by means of the Vidin trilateral contact center.

During the second bilateral meeting, Ms. Carmen Dan discussed with Ms. Caroline Nokes, State Minister for Immigration of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, about the situation of Romanian citizens living in Great Britain and of British citizens living in Romania. The two ministers debated the necessity to establish a set of actions for the protection of the rights of citizens working and studying in the two states, a set of measures that could be uniformly applied at the European Union level.

Also, the two officials agreed that Romania and Great Britain should continue the cooperation between their two national police forces and the exchange of information in the field of preventing and combating criminality, focusing on the protection of vulnerable persons.

During the bilateral meeting with the German delegation, the two ministers exchange opinions on the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council and decided to continue the comprehensive discussions on these matters.

The German Federal Minister of Interior, Mr. Horst Seehofer, announced his presence at the Bucharest JHA Meeting and invited Ms. Carmen Dan to make a working visit to Berlin.

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December 5th 2018 - Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, together with the entire Cabinet, attended the Joint Meeting of the Romanian Government and the College of European Union Commissioners

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, together with the entire Cabinet, attended the Joint Meeting of the Romanian Government and the College of European Union Commissioners in order to present the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of EU Council, on Wednesday, December 5th, in Brussels.

         The Minister of Internal Affairs, Carmen Dan, presented on this occasion the priorities for the internal affairs sector. Promoting a safer Europe, strengthening the external borders of the European Union and managing the migration phenomenon are among the priorities undertaken by the Ministry of Internal Affairs during the JAI Council Presidency.

         "We will seek to identify solutions to advance the negotiation on the regulation regarding the strengthening of the mandate of the European Border Police and Coast Guard Agency. Interoperability and the implementation of information systems developed at EU level are important topics on our agenda," specified Minister Carmen Dan.

         Referring to asylum policies, the Minister of Internal Affairs has mentioned that Romania fully shares the EU's objective of making return policy more efficient and, consequently, of succeeding to develop an effective and sustainable approach to its implementation.

         At the same time, with regard to initiatives meant to reduce illegal migration flows to the EU, the focus during the Presidency will be on supporting efforts to strengthen co-operation with the countries of origin and transit, in a practical and predictable manner.

         "The fight against terrorism remains a priority issue. We will continue to work on the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on preventing the dissemination of online terrorist content, "said Minister Carmen Dan.

         The meeting with the College of European Union Commissioners is a very important point for finalizing the preparations for taking over the Presidency of the European Union Council.

         We would like to recall that, to this end, the Minister of Internal Affairs had meetings this year with European Commissioners Dimitris Avramopoulos, Julian King and Christos Stylianides.

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The meeting of the College of European Union Commissioners with the government of the Member State which is going to take over the Presidency of the European Union Council is traditionally held before the start of the mandate at the helm of the EU Council. The objective of the meeting is to prepare the next Presidency and to discuss its priorities.

MoIA will chair, during  PRES RO mandate, 20 working groups, provide expertise for 10 working groups under the responsibility of other ministries and will participate in three other working groups at the level of the European gencies, a total of 33 working groups.

At the same time, during PRES RO term, MoIA’s staff will manage, in Brussels, the topics to be debated in over 200 working group meetings.

In Romania, MoIA will organize, during PRES RO, 20 informal events (2 ministerial meetings, 9 senior officials meetings - directors and heads of agencies - and 9 expert meetings).

327 MoIA’s employees will be involved during PRES RO as presidents/vice-presidents/reserves for the working groups which MoIA will manage and also as file managers and experts.

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Octomber 23th 2018 - Minister Carmen Dan's meeting with Italian counterpart, Matteo Salvini


The minister of internal affairs, Carmen Dan discussed with the Italian counterpart, Matteo Salvini, important topics for the two MS, for the Romanian community in Italy and for the Italian one in Romania.

Specifically, the two officials analysed their collaboration in the context of Romania's holding the Presidency of the EU Council and the bilateral cooperation in security matters, emphasizing that "the Romanian Presidency will not have an easy mission, but will be fully committed to act as a truly impartial mediator and a facilitator of consensus."

The ministers agreed they have at their disposal all the necessary tools to strengthen police cooperation through internal affairs attachés as well as through Romanian police officers assigned on mission in Italy.

The Romanian Ministry of  Internal assigned 89 police officers in Italy over the past few years and another internal affairs attaché will be sent to Rome in the following period.

Regarding the fight against crime, minister Dan ensured MHA`s full support for further cooperation with the Italian counterparts, pointing out that zero tolerance must be manifested towards the perpetrators of criminal offenses, regardless of their citizenship.

In response, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said he would not judge the entire Romanian community in Italy through the actions of a small number of ethnic Romanians and appreciated the very good collaboration between the two ministries, considering that such a relationship leaves only room for improvement.

"The Romanian community in Italy counts more than one million people and it is obvious that the mistakes of a few should not affect the many others, and I express my thanks to the Romanian authorities, who have given their contribution to the identification of the offenders. I am also grateful for the quality of the security provided in Romania to thousands of Italian citizens and Italian investors," said the Italian Minister.

Concerning the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, the two officials exchanged views on high priority home affairs topics; they agreed that the dialogue on these issues will be resumed at the next meeting they will have in Rome.

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Octomber 22nd 2018 - Minister Carmen Dan's meeting with European Commissioner for Security Union, Julian King

Today, October 22nd of 2018, the minister of  internal affairs, ms. Carmen Dan, had a meeting with the European Commissioner for Security Union, mr. Julian King, during which, the two officials discussed on the progress of our preparations, in view of Romania`s taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, next year.

Minister Carmen Dan mentioned that Romania will organize in Bucharest, in February 2019, an informal Justice and Home Affairs Council, which will be attended by EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers. The Ministry of Home Affairs has already planned all the security measures needed to carry out this important event of the presidency.

The MHA will organize 19 meetings on various issues in several cities across the country.

"The motto of our presidency is " Cohesion - a common European value " and it reflects the urgent need for unity and cooperation between Member States and the need for more economic, social and territorial cohesion as required by the Treaties of the European Union. Our program will be focused on four pillars: Europe of Convergence, Europe of Security, Europe as a Global Actor and Europe of Common Values, "said Minister Carmen Dan.

During the discussions, the Romanian Minister stressed the MHA's determination to contribute to defining the Union's response to a wide range of issues such as internal security of EU, the functioning of the Schengen area and the management of external borders.

The two officials also discussed about the fight against terrorism and the need of a legislation able to protect citizens, especially young people and children, against the danger of radicalization. On this occasion, Minister Carmen Dan noted that the recent European Commission's initiative to prevent the dissemination of terrorist content in the online environment can help achieve this goal.

In return, the European Commissioner mentioned the need to implement the measures adopted at European level. He recalled that in September last year, he visited the Passenger Information Unit (PNR UE) at the Romanian Border Police.

At the same time, the European Commissioner stressed that Romania's takeover of the presidency of the EU Council will take place in a challenging context. Our country will have an important role in setting the framework and perspectives at European level. From this point of view, mr. King mentioned the importance of providing the financial resources necessary for implementation of the internal security policies.

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Octomber 17th 2018 - Signing of the Protocol on the implementation of EU-GEORGIA Readmission Agreement

A delegation of the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs, led by the Secretary of State Gheorghe Nucu MARIN, carried out a working visit to Tbilisi, Georgia between October 15-17, 2018.

During the meeting with the Romanian delegation, Mr. Giorgi GAKHARIA, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs of Georgia, emphasized the excellent cooperation with the Romanian Ministry of Home Affairs and stated that Romania is a staunch supporter and friend of Georgia in the European Union. The meeting was attended by Ms. Nino JAVAKHADZE, Secretary of State, and the Ambassador of Romania to Georgia, Mr. Radu HORUMBA.

Also, on this occasion, the Protocol between the Government of Romania and the Government of Georgia on the implementation of the EU-GEORGIA readmission agreement, a very important legal document in the context of the process of visa liberalization for Georgian citizens travelling to the EU, was signed.

The agenda of the Romanian delegation included visits to the Joint Operational Center of the Georgian Ministry of Home Affairs, at the Border Police and the 112 Center.

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Octomber 12th 2018 - The minister of internal affairs, Carmen Dan, at Justice and Home Affairs Council – Luxemburg

The minister of internal affairs, Carmen Dan attended the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg, on October 11th and 12th.

Important subjects on the European agenda were addressed during the internal affairs session, such as: the proposal for a Regulation amending the European Border and Coast Guard Regulation, a proposal for a Return Directive; Regulations within the Multiannual Financial Framework, as well as the reform of the Common European Asylum System.

During the working lunch, the subject of migration was discussed, with an emphasis on the current situation and the way forward.

On October 11th, the Romanian official attended the High-Level Conference of the Radicalization Awareness Network (RAN).

"Romania does not face a direct and imminent threat of violent extremism and terrorism, but it is concerned about the extent  this phenomenon has recorded in recent years. In our opinion, the development of the preventive side is necessary both now and in the coming years. As a MS that will take over the Presidency of the EU Council next year, we will pay attention to the phenomenon of radicalization, with emphasis on online radicalization, in order to identify good practices in managing this phenomenon "  said the minister of home affairs at the session that brought together high-level officials and front-line practitioners from Member States, as well as representatives of the European Commission to discuss effective ways of addressing the challenges of radicalization leading to violent extremism and terrorism.

Prior to the JHA Council meeting on October 10th, the Minister of Internal Affairs had important meetings in Brussels focused on completing preparations for taking over the Presidency of the EU Council.

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Octomber 5th 2018 - The cooperation with Western Balkan states, a European Union priority

A delegation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs headed by Undersecretary of State, Police Chief Commissioner Valeriu Mihai, participated in Tirana, Albania, between 4 and 5 October, at the EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum on Justice and Home Affairs, organized by the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council and Albania.

The day of October 5th was dedicated to internal affairs, focusing on current issues related to migration, border management and security.

The debate highlighted the EU's continued support for the Western Balkan states in the field of justice and home affairs, in view of aligning them to the European standards in the field.

The Western Balkan states have been encouraged to pursue reforms and become more actively involved in combating illegal migration and organized crime related to it, border management and ensuring the security of the region and security of our citizens.

The conclusions of the discussions and priorities for the next period were synthesized in a Joint Statement adopted at the end of the Ministerial Forum.

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September 14th 2018 - Ministerial Conference on Security and Migration - Promoting Partnership and Resilience

Mr. Gheorghe Nucu Marin, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, took part in the "Ministerial Conference on Security and Migration - Promoting Partnership and Resilience", organized in Vienna by the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council, between September 13-14, 2018.

On the first day, talks on police cooperation, asylum, migration, border protection, European values, extremism and terrorism were held, attended by representatives of the EU Member States and Western Balkan partners.

The second day of the conference was devoted to African partner countries along the Central-Mediterranean route and the talks focused on topics such as migration and security.

The first plenary session of the event was especially significant, State  Secretary Nucu MARIN signing, on behalf of Romania, together with the representatives of Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia, two agreements that will facilitate the automated exchange of DNA data, dactyloscopic data and vehicle registration data.

The two cooperation documents will significantly contribute to strengthening regional security, by effectively preventing and combating illegal activities, particularly in areas such as organized crime or terrorism.

The new instruments will enable Romania to securely exchange information with Western Balkan states and Republic of Moldova, similar to the current practice used with EU member states.

Also, a Memorandum of Understanding on automated DNA data, dactyloscopic data and vehicle registration data exchange was signed, which emphasizes the determination of states parties to the South-East European Police Cooperation

Convention to work together to implement the exchange of such data as soon as possible.

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July 12th 2018 - Participation in the informal meeting of the JHA Council and the meeting of the Eastern Partnership Ministers

A delegation from the Romanian Ministry of Home Affairs, headed by the Secretary of State, Colonel Gheorghe Nucu MARIN, attends the informal meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council and the Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting, in Innsbruck, between July 11-13, 2018.

On July 12th, 2018, the internal affairs session took place, addressing issues related to Border protection at European level - the crisis-resilient asylum system and Police co-operation: trafficking in human beings and the concept of community policing. Romania stressed that securing the external borders is one of the most important guarantees for the security of the European Union. It also expressed its appreciation for the consistent reflection of the external dimension of migration in the recent decisions adopted by the European Council, in particular with regard to the need to act in order to prevent massive waves of migrants’ arrivals and to strengthen cooperation with countries of origin and transit.

The importance of the role of police cooperation within the overall cooperation in the field of home affairs, as well as the desirability of developing a concept on community policing models and methods, of the establishment of a forum dedicated to these issues, as well as of the involvement of CEPOL in training activities in this field were highlighted.

The working lunch of the interior ministers focused on "Promoting European values, fighting anti-Semitism and protecting Jewish communities and institutions in Europe".

In the framework of the JAI Council meeting, on the morning of July 13th, 2018, a joint breakfast of the Justice and Home Affairs ministers of the Eastern Partnership states will be held, which will address the topic of "Promoting the rule of law and reinforcing integrity: combatting corruption in the judicial and security systems".

Also, the Romanian delegation will hold talks with the European partners prior to assuming the presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 1st, 2019.

The Eastern Partnership is an initiative of the European Union's External Action Service to establish the basis of cooperation in key areas such as trade, economic strategies, free movement of persons and goods between the member states of the European Union and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, countries located in the Unions’ neighborhood.

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June 15th 2018 - The Ministers of the Salzburg Forum member states have adopted the Joint Statement on Security Priorities

In the statement, ministers acknowledged the opportunity to develop the concept of community policing, a concept put forward by Romania, whose main aim is to adapt the response of law enforcement agencies to the particularities of the communities in the Member States.

Specifically, the concept of community policing involves "building bridges" between communities and law enforcement authorities.

According to the latest EUROSTAT statistics, at the beginning of 2016, more than 16 million citizens of EU member states lived in the territory of a member state other than that of their residence. It is, therefore, expedient for police officers of the same nationality with members of the community to carry out missions for preventive purposes on the territory of other member states under the coordination and in cooperation with national police forces.

Also at the proposal of the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs, ministers concluded that it is the right time to update the concept of information analysis within the law enforcement authorities of the member states with new unified standards, adjusted to the current international and European environment.

Also, at the Salzburg Forum Ministerial Conference, discussions were held on the announced plans of the European Commission to increase the operational capacity of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, as well as on alternative solutions for improving the protection of the external borders of the EU.

Ministers came to the conclusion that the package fills a legislative gap at EU level, that the current timetable is very far-reaching, but there is still a need for clarification to reach a political agreement and at the same time to avoid the risk of postponing its implementation.

The members of the Salzburg Forum reviewed the results of the 18-month working program of the current Trio of Presidencies of Hungary, Poland and Romania. The ministers appreciated the achievements and expressed their determination to continue strengthening cooperation on ongoing activities.

Discussions have also been initiated on the new 18-month work program of the forthcoming Trio of the Presidencies of Slovakia, Slovenia and Austria.

On the last day of the Ministerial Conference, Home Affairs Minister Carmen Dan had two bilateral meetings: with Europol Director, Ms. Catherine De Bolle and Austrian Interior Minister, Mr. Herbert Kickl.

Europol Director expressed appreciation for Romania as an important contributor with meaningful information and data to the European agency, information sent being used at the level of the analysis projects set up at EUROPOL level, as well as on the drafting of the analytical products of this European law enforcement agency.

The Minister of Internal Affairs reiterated the willingness of Romanian law enforcement authorities to continue and step up the cooperation with Europol.

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Romania hosted the Salzburg Forum Ministerial Conference at the Parliament’s Palace in Bucharest, on June 14-15, as President-in-Office of the Forum.

The works of the Conference were attended by the interior ministers of six European countries, representatives of the management of home affairs ministries and of diplomatic missions from nine other countries, heads of law enforcement agencies in the European Union and representatives of the European Commission.

The Salzburg Forum was founded in 2000, at Austria’s initiative, and functions as a partnership for security and cooperation in Central Europe, bringing together the home affairs ministries of the 9 member states: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Since 2007, the Group of Friends’ member states (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) and Republic of Moldova have been invited to attend the Forum’s works.

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June 13th 2018 - Romania hosts the Ministerial Conference of Salzburg Forum, as President-in-Office of the Forum

Ministers of Home Affairs from six European countries, representatives of the management of the Ministries of Home Affairs and of diplomatic missions from nine others countries and directors of law enforcement agencies from European Union will approach, for two days, key topics for the Union, concerning the collective security of the Member States.

The Conference’s participants will discuss the strengthening of police cooperation in the region, the development of the European Strategy for Integrated Border Management and the adjustment of law enforcement agencies’ response to the particularities of the current security environment, with a focus on border security management and on fighting transnational organised crime.

EUROPOL Director, Ms. Catherine De Bolle, on her first visit to Romania, will be among the attendees, participating for the first time to the Salzburg Forum in her capacity as director.

Furthermore, the Director of EUROPOL will have a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Internal Affairs, Ms. Carmen Dan, and with the management of the Romanian Police, on Friday, during the conference.

The Salzburg Forum was founded in 2000, at Austria’s initiative, and functions as a partnership for security and cooperation in Central Europe, bringing together the home affairs ministries of the 9 member states: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Since 2007, the Group of Friends’ member states (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) and Republic of Moldova have been invited to attend the Forum’s works.

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On Friday, June 15th, 2018, around 12.00 a.m., on the last day of the Ministerial Conference, the representatives of the media will be granted access in the meeting room in order to take pictures during the working session. Later, starting 13.30 hrs., a press release will be held.

Journalists interested to attend the event are requested to send their press credentials for participation (first name, surname, media outlet and personal data) until Thursday, 14th of June, 16.00 hrs., at the e-mail address comunicare@mai.gov.ro.

In order to be granted access inside Parliament’s Palace, it is mandatory to carry the National ID Card.

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