Federal Councillor Beat Jans attended the meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA Council) on 24 and 25 January in Belgium. The JHA Council is made up of the justice and home affairs ministers of all the EU member states. The four non-EU countries that are part of the Schengen agreement, of which Switzerland is one, are also involved in those discussions that relate to the Schengen acquis. The talks in Belgium focused on the future protection of Ukrainian refugees, the misuse of artificial intelligence and the fight against organised crime. At an initial meeting with German interior minister Nancy Faeser, the head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) reiterated the Federal Council's criticism of German controls at the Swiss border.2024-01-25 20:45:15
Federal Councillor Beat Jans attended the meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Belgium. The JHA Council includes the justice and home affairs ministers of all EU member states and the four non-EU countries in the Schengen agreement.
Discussions focused on the future protection of Ukrainian refugees, the misuse of artificial intelligence, and the fight against organized crime. Mr Jans expressed criticism of German controls at the Swiss border during a meeting with German interior minister Nancy Faeser.
This was Mr Jans's first meeting with the EU and Schengen member states since taking office. He highlighted the importance of regular and direct exchange on migration and organized crime.
The protection of Ukrainian refugees was also a topic of discussion, with Switzerland coordinating closely with other European countries. Switzerland aims to integrate as many Ukrainians as possible into the labor market during their stay.
Drug trafficking was also addressed as a major threat to Europe's internal security, with discussions on strengthening cooperation between state and private stakeholders and closer collaboration between civil authorities and the police. Mr Jans had bilateral meetings with Germany's interior minister, the EU commissioner, Belgium's interior minister, Liechtenstein's home affairs minister, and France's interior minister..
(Quelle:Swiss Federal Council modified with ChatGPT)
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