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6th of June 2019 - The Internal Affairs Minister, Carmen Dan, hosts today in Brussels the EU-Africa Migration Conference

The EU-Africa Conference takes place in the context of the Justice and Internal Affairs Council and has as its main theme the management of the migration phenomenon - a topic also on the agenda of the JIA Council, which begins today and concerns both the European Union and the North African states


May the 29th - Press Release

On the 27th - 28th of May, 2019, a delegation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs headed by Secretary of State, Police Chief Commissioner Catalin NECULA participated in the Ministerial Conference of the Salzburg Forum, organized by the Slovenian Presidency of this mechanism for international cooperation at Portorož, in Slovenia. The event also featured ministers and state secretaries from Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary, as well as representatives of the relevant European law enforcement agencies


April the 24th - Press Release

Considering the recent public-sector discussions regarding Anticorruption General Directorate (AGD), today Minister of Internal Affairs, Carmen Dan had a meeting at the AGD headquarters with commanders and executives present in the unit, by which occasion she indicated that the reorganization process that was requested did not aim to dismantle the direction.


April the 19th - Evaluation session on the activity for 2018

Today, April the 19th, 2019, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Internal Affairs was held an evaluation session on the activity for 2018, in the presence of the MAI leadership, the heads of the directorates and the general inspectorates.


April the 16 th - The absorption of non-reimbursable external funds; a priority for MIA

Minister of Internal Affairs, Carmen Dan, attended today, April, the 16th this year, at the meeting with the specialized structures of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the field of attracting non-reimbursable external funds


April the 15 th - The Inter-ministerial Security Committee "ROMANIA-EU 2019"

In the context of the Sibiu Summit, the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Security "ROMANIA-EU 2019" was set up at the level of the leaders of the institutions of the National Defense System, Public Order and National Security - MApN, MIA, SRI, SIE, STS and SPP


April the 12 th - Minister Carmen DAN had a meeting with the new Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Bucharest, Mrs. Füsun ARAMAZ

On April the 12th, 2019, Minister Carmen DAN had a meeting at the MAI headquarters with the new Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Bucharest, Mrs. Füsun ARAMAZ


1st of April - European Border and Coast Guard: Council confirms agreement on stronger mandate

The EU is working to improve the protection of its external borders as part of its comprehensive approach to migration. EU ambassadors today confirmed on behalf of the Council the informal agreement reached between representatives of the European Parliament and the Romanian Presidency of the Council on a regulation on the European Border and Coast Guard. The new rules now need to be formally adopted by the European Parliament and the Council.


March the 29 th - Romania and Bulgaria are strengthening the cooperation in the field of emergency situations

On the 29th of March, 2019, Mrs. Carmen Daniela DAN, Minister of Internal Affairs, had a bilateral meeting with her Bulgarian counterpart, Mr. Mladen MARINOV, in the context of the Fifth Meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council between Romania and the Republic of Bulgaria


March the 26th - Bilateral meeting between the Minister of Internal Affairs, Carmen DAN and the Vice-President of the Government of the Republic of Northern Macedonia, Minister of Internal Affairs, Oliver SPASOVSKI.

Discussions focused upon issues such as police cooperation at regional level, mainly through the South-east European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC), in order to fight against organized crime and migrant trafficking


March 19th - National Operational

Commandment „Pope Francisc I – 2019 visit ” și lead In the context of His Holiness Pope Francisc I’s visit in Romania, the National Operational Commandment "Pope Francisc I - 2019 Visit" was established at the level of the leaders of the National System of Defense, Public Order and National Security - MApN, MAI, SRI, SIE, STS and SPP.


15th of March 2019 - MAI Delegation at the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission regarding Narcotic Drugs

During March 14th and 15th, 2019, the UN Ministerial Segment of the 62nd session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (NDC) is being held at the UN headquarters in Vienna, an event that will mark the world's drug policy for the next decade.


14th of March 2019 - Informal Joint Session COSI/ SCIFA

High Level Experts from the Member States, representatives of the European Commission and European agencies Europol, Eurojust, Frontex, CEPOL, EIGE met in Bucharest to discuss specific and unitary ways aimed to ensure safety of citizens in the European Union without the restriction of the right to free movement, as well as for the fight against poly-criminal and top organized crime groups.


7th of March 2019 - Minister of Internal Affairs, Carmen Dan, is heading today in Brussels the first formal meeting of the JAI Council within the Romanian Presidency

During the home affairs session of the meeting there are discussed issues related to migration, the fight against terrorism and the good organization of elections for the European Parliament.The Romanian Presidency of the Council closed the file about the modification of the Civil Protection Mechanism


1st of March - Minister of Internal Affairs, Carmen DAN, hold a press statement concerning home affairs results in the first two months of the year, in the context of Romania's taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The topic of statement is related to the activities that the Ministry of Internal Affairs has carried on and will continue to during the Presidency of the Justice and Home Affairs Council.


February 28th 2019- PRES RO 2019: EU-US Senior Officials Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs

On Thursday, February 28th, at the Palace of Parliament, the EU-US Senior Officials Meeting took place, its main objective being the exchange of opinions about relevant issues in justice and home affairs matters.


February the 26th - The Border Police evaluation session for the year 2018

The Minister of Internal Affairs appreciated the activity of the Border Police in 2018, underlining the importance of the missions of this structure, which, together with similar institutions in the neighboring countries, led to a significant decrease of the migration phenomenon, especially since Romania is located near a major illegal migration route, that of the Western Balkans


February 21st 2019 - The Minister of Internal Affairs, an official meeting with the Ambassador of Tunisia in Bucharest

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Carmen Dan, had a meeting with Her Excellency, Mrs. Raja JHINAOUI BEN ALI, the Ambassador of the Tunisian Republic in Bucharest.

The official discussions focused upon strengthening bilateral relations in the field of internal affairs, approaching issues such as police cooperation, emergency situations management, the training of professionals from both countries, combating illegal migration, border security and preventing terrorism.


February 20th 2019 - International Conference regarding the Migration issue

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Carmen, Dan, participated in the opening of the Budapest Process Ministerial Conference, the event held in Istanbul, Turkey. The meeting brought together representatives from over 50 European countries, Asian countries, as well as regional, European and international organizations


February 19th 2019 - The EU is introducing tighter security for ID cards in order to reduce identity fraud

Today, representatives of the Romanian Presidency of the Council and the European Parliament reached an informal agreement on a regulation which will strengthen the security of identity cards of EU citizens and of residence documents issued to EU citizens and their non-EU family members. The informal agreement will now be presented to EU ambassadors for confirmation on behalf of the Council


February 19th 2019 - Immigration liaison officers: Council Presidency and European Parliament reach provisional agreement

The EU is strengthening the cooperation and coordination between liaison officers deployed to third countries by member states or the EU to deal with immigration-related issues



February 12th, 2019 - Law enforcement access to financial information: Council Presidency and European Parliament reach provisional agreement

The EU is strengthening the capacity of law enforcement authorities to fight terrorism and serious crime by improving their access to financial information.



February 7th 2019 - The home affairs session of the informal meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council

On Thursday, February the 7th, 2019, the home affairs session of the informal meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council took place, in the context of Romania's holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The ministers discussed about anti-terrorism initiatives, strengthening police cooperation, restoring the full functionality of the Schengen area, migration and asylum. [...]



February 7th 2019 - The Internal Affairs Minister, Carmen Dan and the European Commissioner for Migration, Internal Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos held today a press conference referring to the JAI Council's internal affairs session

The Internal Affairs Minister, Carmen Dan and the European Commissioner for Migration, Internal Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos held today a press conference referring to the JAI Council's internal affairs session.

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February 5th 2019 - A preliminary agreement for one of the most important files under the responsibility of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the period of holding the Presidency of the EU Council

The Romanian Presidency of the European Union Council has obtained the preliminary agreement, following discussions with the European Parliament, for two proposals of regulations that will ensure the interoperability of European information systems.

This will determine the efficiency of competent national authorities, by facilitating the correct identification of persons and the fight against frauds within the territory of the Member States.

The two proposals for regulations will introduce the following components of interoperability between EU information systems:

- The European Search Portal, which would allow competent authorities to simultaneously interrogate several EU information systems.

- A common biometric data comparison service that would allow searching and comparing biometric data across multiple systems.

- Common Identity Register that will contain personal data of third-country nationals, available in EU information systems.

- A multiple identities detection software that will check if the desired identity data exist in other linked systems, in order to enable the detection of multiple identities related to the same biometric data set.

- The new regulations do not change access rights to EU information systems, as it is provided in the relevant legal framework for each European information system.

- Interoperability of information systems at the level of the European Union is one of the priorities assumed by the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs for the period in which our country holds the Presidency of the EU Council.

- The preliminary agreement will be presented on behalf of the EU Council in front of the ambassadors for confirmation.

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January 31st 2019 - At the headquarters of Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Daniela DAN has had an official meeting with the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Romania, His Excellency Andrew James NOBLE

The two officials discussed about the latest developments on Brexit, and aspects regarding the bilateral police cooperation.

With regard to Brexit, the Romanian Minister has emphasized that a main priority for the Romanian authorities remains the protection of the rights of the Romanian citizens living in the United Kingdom. From the perspective of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, we are interested in minimizing as much as possible the potential negative effects which could affect the citizens’ lives, and to this end we’ll maintain a constant dialog on this theme with all the European partners.

The Romanian official has assured the British Ambassador that the rights of the British citizens in Romania will be protected irrespective of the scenario to be outlined on the Brexit topic, in the spirit of reciprocity towards the British approach.

His Excellency the British Ambassador has mentioned the importance of these discussions for the British citizens in Romania, and has said that the dialog will continue, including at the technical level, according to the evolution of the situation on this subject.  

Regarding the bilateral police cooperation, the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs is interested in maintaining the ongoing operational projects with the Metropolitan Police, Transport Police and the territorial police units, as currently 9 representatives of the Romanian Police are developing operational support missions in the United Kingdom. The meeting is a follow-up of the discussions held with Minister of State for Immigration in United Kingdom Mrs. Caroline NOKES, in the context of the JHA Council in December 2018. Moreover, the UK Minister for Immigration is invited to attend the forthcoming informal JHA Council meeting, which is taking place next week in Bucharest.

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January 23th 2019 - Minister Carmen Dan presented the priorities of the Romanian EU Council Presidency in the area of Home Affairs to the members of European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

On January 23, 2019, Minister of Home Affairs, Carmen Dan, presented to the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) in the European Parliament the priorities of Romania in the areas it coordinates during the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

"The Union is currently facing various challenges, both internal and external, such as BREXIT, the migration and security in its immediate neighbourhood and beyond the European continent. Therefore, the way we propose and which we want to pursue with consistency is more unity and cohesion. The European citizens must remain at the heart of the European project! Only in this way will we succeed in preserving and promoting the values of our European family", the Romanian minister emphasized in the opening of the discussions regarding internal affairs.

Drawing attention that there are threats against which no state can defend itself, Mrs. Carmen Dan presented the Romanian Presidency's objective of strengthening authorities' cooperation for combating terrorism and radicalization, both online and offline. In this context, she said that in the area of combating radicalization, solutions need to be identified in order to prevent and properly manage the causes and not just the effects.

The Romanian official also underlined two initiatives of the Presidency in the field of internal affairs. The first concerns the development of police activity based on technology, mobility and information analysis, and the second aims at strengthening police cooperation and adapting it to the multicultural specificity of the communities formed at the level of the member states from citizens of other countries.

Regarding the management of the external borders and the functioning of the Schengen area, the Presidency will make efforts to find solutions in order to advance the negotiations concerning the strengthening of the mandate of the European Border Police and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).

In the field of migration, the Romanian Presidency will continue discussions to identify consensual solutions regarding the European asylum system and the return policy for illegal immigrants. At the same time, efforts will be made to reach a political agreement regarding the immigration liaison officers in order  to start the trialogue phase.

As far as visa policy is concerned, the Romanian Presidency will continue to work towards finalizing negotiations regarding the Community Visa Code and advancing discussions upon the Regulation aimed at reforming the Visa Information System. In addition, discussions will be stimulated within the EU Council, concerning the possible measures aimed at ensuring uniform training of the competent staff  regarding the EU's common visa policy.

Interoperability and implementation of the information systems developed at EU level are two other important topics for discussions on the agenda of this semester.

In the field of civil protection, the Romanian Presidency intends to finalize the works on the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, focusing on the necessary preparations of the EU and the Member States,  in order to respond collectively to complex emergency situations that have a low probability of occurrence but can have a major impact upon our increasingly connected society.

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In the context of preparations for the LIBE Committee meeting, the Minister Carmen Dan had a series of meetings over the past few days with Mr. Claude Moraes, LIBE Chairman, with Mrs. Cecilia Wikstrom, Chair of the Conference of Committee Chairs and Parliament's rapporteur for the Dublin Regulation Reform, and with Birgit Sippel, Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur for the legislative package regarding electronic evidence

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January 18th 2019 - At the headquarters of Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Carmen Daniela Dan, had an official meeting with His Excellency, The Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Japan in Romania, Mr. Hitoshi Noda

The visit of Japan's representative occured on the occasion of the reception of His Excellency Hitoshi Noda as ambassador position, in November 2018.

During the meeting several aspects were discussed related to the institutional collaboration and consolidation of previously started projects.

"We want to further develop the excellent traditional relations between the two countries, the Presidency of Romania for the EU Council being an excellent opportunity to further advance bilateral cooperation. At the same time, I assure you of the entire support of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the accomplishment of the initiative in order to increase at a strategic level the partnership between Romania and Japan", emphasized Minister Carmen Dan.

The Romanian Minister also expressed the MIA interest to further take advantages from the Japanese experience in the field of preventing and countering the effects of natural disasters, especially regarding the people’s education concearning the proper reaction in such situations.

In his turn, His Excellency, The Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Japan in Romania, Mr. Hitoshi Noda, emphasized upon the fact that "the current cooperation between Japan and Romania is a very active one, regarding the global security, bilateral exchanges in general, and the joint efforts put in international organizations. Relations between Japan and Romania are also about to celebrate their centenary and I think this is one more reason for intensifying our cooperation in the future. "

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January 15th 2019 - Minister Carmen Dan had bilateral meetings with members of EU Parliament on the priorities of Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, in the field of home affairs

On 15.01.2019, Minister of Internal Affairs, Carmen Dan, met the Chairman of the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Internal Affairs within the European Parliament, Mr. Claude Moraes, and the Chair of the Conference of Committee Chairs, Mrs. Cecilia Wikstrom, on the occasion of the official visit realised by the Romanian Government in Strasbourg, in the plenary of the European Parliament for presenting the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council.

On 15.01.2019, Minister of Internal Affairs, Carmen Dan, met the Chairman of the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Internal Affairs within the European Parliament, Mr. Claude Moraes, and the Chair of the Conference of Committee Chairs, Mrs. Cecilia Wikstrom, on the occasion of the official visit realised by the Romanian Government in Strasbourg, in the plenary of the European Parliament for presenting the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council.

During the meeting with the chairman of the LIBE Committee, the Romanian Minister reiterated the commitment of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council to contribute to the advancement of the most important files in the field of home affairs that focus on citizens' safety and security, asking for the support of the committee’s members, in order to make significant progress within trialogue meetings.

Minister Dan mentioned the intense efforts made at the technical level, on issues regarding interoperability of the EU's information systems for borders’ management, migration and security. Referring to the security of external borders, Mrs Dan said that one of the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council is the strengthening of Frontex's mandate.

Romanian official mentioned that Romanian Presidency of the EU Council will make efforts in order to get an agreement within the Council to begin the trialogues with EU Parliament as soon as possible. She also pointed out the intention to reach an interinstitutional agreement before the end of the legislature both on Frontex Agency and on the modification of the Schengen Borders Code for internal border control.

During the meeting with Mrs. Cecilia Wikstrom, European Parliament rapporteur for the reform of the Dublin Regulation, mrs Carmen Dan insisted on asylum initiatives statingthat "the Romanian Presidency will continue discussions to identify solutions that reflect the necessary balance between responsibility and solidarity, thus making the European Asylum System more efficient. We will try hard to advance the works, based on the European Council guidelines."

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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 MIA’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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November 22nd 2018 - Minister of Internal Affairs, meeting with Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, in view of Romania taking over the Presidency of the EU Council

The meeting took place in the context of the forthcoming take-over by Romania of the Presidency of the EU Council, and the Minister of Internal Affairs reiterated the importance of European Commission's support for the success of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of European Union.

Regarding migration, the Minister of Internal Affairs emphasized Romania's determination to identify solutions for advancing the files already under discussion. Moreover, on this topic, the MIA’s leadership has already had discussions with the Italian and Greek Ministers of Interior, given the fact that the two countries are particularly affected by this phenomenon.

"Together with the European Commissioner, we have reviewed some issues of common interest on the European agenda, including: the migration status, the protection of the external borders, the return policy, the common European asylum system or the internal security," stated Ms. Dan.

The European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris AVRAMOPOULOS, said he would work closely with the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council for the swift advancement of the topics of utmost importance to the Member States.

"I am sure the Romanian Presidency will move forward rapidly on the security files still under discussion. First, to prevent and eliminate online terrorist content - an urgent matter. Second, to make all our databases in the areas of migration, borders and security interoperable".

Other topics addressed during the talks between the two officials included the security of the Union's external borders, the package regarding the interoperability of information systems of the Member States - a priority of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, and the prevention of the dissemination of terrorist content online, a file managed by the Austrian Presidency that Romania is willing to further.

Romania plans to implement a cohesive pro-European approach during its term at the Presidency of the Council of European Union.

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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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