EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies present key achievements in 2021

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22 November 2021

Today, the nine European Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) agencies came together to wrap up the activities of the network in 2021 and present its key achievements. The event also gathered high-level representatives from the European Commission, European Parliament, European External Action Service, the general Secretariat of the Council, as well as the current Slovenian Presidency of the Council and the upcoming French one.

This year, under the Frontex presidency of the network, the agencies focused on two strategic EU priorities -contributing to the European Green Deal and digitalisation. In a series of events throughout the year, the agencies discussed the impact of climate change on migration and organised crime, looked at the EU and international efforts in fighting environmental crimes, presented and exchanged ideas about how to make their administrations carbon-neutral and digital solutions that will make agencies more effective. The meeting also offered an opportunity to discuss the latest developments, tasks and challenges ahead of the agencies.

EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson and Executive Vice-Presidente of the European Commission Frans Timmermans addressed the participants of the event. "Today at the annual meeting of the heads of Justice and Home Affairs I shared my assessment of the current political situation and common priorities for next year. Warm thanks to all the heads of JHA Agencies for their essential work to maintain and strengthen the European area of freedom, security and justice", said EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson.

During the meeting, the heads of the nine JHA agencies signed a joint statement on the EU Green Deal, reaffirming their commitment to contribute to a safer and cleaner environment by undertaking activities ranging from operational to administrative actions, within the limits of their respective mandates.

"Today we reiterated our commitment to continue our common efforts in protecting the environment. We also agreed upon a joint paper on fighting environmental crime, offering an important step towards reaching our goals. CEPOL contributes to this cause by including in its yearly training offer for law enforcement officials, a selection of activities that focus on important trends of environmental crime and reinforce EU and international cooperation in the field, a particularly important aspect in tackling cross-border environmental crimes", said CEPOL Executive Director Dr. h.c. Detlef Schröder.

More information on CEPOL's training activities in 2021 regarding environmental crime is available in the agency's Training Catalogue.

Below key achievements of the Justice and Home Affairs Agencies Network (JHAAN) this year:

The JHA Agencies' Network connects the EU Agencies protecting the Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice. It includes nine agencies: CEPOL, EASO, EIGE, EMCDDA, eu-LISA, Eurojust, Europol, FRA and Frontex.

In 2022, CEPOL will take over the Presidency of the Network.




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