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Priorities of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The programme and priorities of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU were approved by the Slovak Government in June 2016.

The following topics will be of central importance during our Presidency:

  • economic growth;
  • Digital Single Market;
  • the creation of an Energy Union;
  • migration;
  • EU enlargement.

As Presidency, Slovakia will further deepen the Economic and Monetary Union that will help increase competitiveness. Negotiations about the Union’s budget for 2017 and the building of the Capital Markets Union will also feature high on the economic agenda.

When it comes to building the digital market, Slovakia will prioritise the elimination of barriers to digital economy, the facilitation of the use of electronic services and access to the market, the availability of electronic content, as well as a high level of consumer protection.

In the area of migration, the Slovak Presidency will aim, first and foremost, at the implementation of the EU external border protection policy and at the integrity of the Schengen Area. The Presidency is planning to prioritise positive agenda such as the Smart Borders package, which seeks to contribute to the fight against irregular migration and speed up passenger processing times through the use of modern technologies.

Hotbeds of tension in the EU’s neighbourhood are also among the challenges facing the Union. As the EU’s enlargement policy represents the most effective instrument of positive change in this regard, Slovakia will seek to maintain the momentum and credibility of this process.

A Union of Freedom, Security and Justice

The Slovak Presidency will seek to pursue a comprehensive approach to the management of the migration crisis and will work to link up its internal and external aspects.

The headline targets of the internal aspects will focus on the implementation of the EU External Border Policy and the security of the Schengen Area. The Slovak Presidency will simultaneously work to resolve the problems related to the current migration flows.

The current Presidency Trio (the Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta) will seek to ensure a better link between migration, security and external policy. The European Commission has also announced a revision of the basic elements of the migration management scheme, including a substantial reform of the Dublin system, a proposal for a substantial reinforcement of the position of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and of the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (FRONTEX) and its transformation into the European Border and Coast Guard.

Even though the Member States still bear the primary responsibility for internal security, the threats the European citizens are currently facing become even more diverse and transnational than ever. The basic framework for cooperation and common EU action in the field of security is provided by the European Agenda on Security of April 2015, the primary objective of which is to implement the renewed EU Internal Security Strategy. The European Union’s security is highly dependent on cooperation with international partners and neighbouring countries. Crime and terrorist activities are not confined within the borders of the EU nor to neighbouring regions.

As far as the counter-terrorism policy is concerned, the Slovak Presidency will follow up the conclusions of the EU Foreign Affairs Council of December 2015, which establishes a framework for the engagement of the EU in the fight against terrorism. The Slovak Presidency will place emphasis on the implementation of specific activities based on the geographic and thematic priorities to fight against the financing of terrorism and the phenomenon of foreign fighters. The effort to continue with and intensify a political dialogue with partner countries will also form an integral part of the agenda.

Priorities of the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic during the Presidency (adopted by the Resolution of the Government of the Slovak Republic No. 74/2016)
  • to effectively implement the European migration agenda (revision of the blue card directive, revision of the Dublin directive, to strengthen the position of the European Asylum Support Office, to solve the issue of illegal migration, return and readmission, to fight against people smuggling, to implement the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan);
  • to ensure a well-functioning and strengthened Schengen;
  • Schengen area enlargement to EU countries which have met the criteria;
  • to elaborate the “Impact Assessment“ for amendments to acts on SIS II;
  • to make progress on the “Smart Borders Package” aiming at the unified EU-Entry/Exit System, and to launch the Registered Traveller Programme;
  • to make progress on the “Border Control Package” concerning measures to solve the migration crisis and to strengthen the fight against terrorism (amendment to the Schengen Code and establishment of the European Border and Bay Surveillance);
  • negotiations on amendment to the Code of Visa;
  • implementation of all measures adopted to fight against terrorism;
  • strategic multi annual framework of the EU internal security for the years of 2015-2020. The priorities on internal security are to suppress and prevent terrorism and radicalisation, and – based on the new EU policy cycle - to prevent and fight serious and organised crime, and to prevent and fight cybercrime;
  • negotiations on amendments to acts on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons.

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