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7. 10. 2013

Minister Pličanič attends Justice and Home Affairs meeting

Ljubljana, 7 October 2013 – Minister of Justice Senko Pličanič attended the meeting of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg, which was focused primarily on the proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation and on the proposal for a Directive on the protection of the euro and other currencies against counterfeiting by criminal law. Ministers also held a public debate on two proposals after its presentation by the Commission - on the setting up of the European Public Prosecutor's Office and on the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust). In the margins of the JHA Council the Eastern-partnership conference was held.



The Council formally adopted the Directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings (measure C). The directive is the most important measure from the Roadmap on Minimum Procedural Rights.

 

Justice ministers had an in-depth discussion on the “one-stop-shop” mechanism, which is one of the key issues of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation.
The Council expressed its general support for the mechanism that, in transnational cases, the regulation should establish a "one-stop-shop" mechanism in order to arrive at a single supervisory decision, which should be fast, ensure consistent application, provide legal certainty and reduce administrative burdens. This is an important factor to enhance the cost-efficiency of the data protection rules for international business, thus contributing to the growth of the digital economy.
The modalities of the mechanism will be further discussed at the working group- Dapix. Slovenia does support in general the one stop mechanism.

 

The Council reached a general approach on the compromise text of the proposal for a Directive on the protection of the euro and other currencies against counterfeiting by criminal law. The general approach will constitute the mandate of the Council for future negotiations with the European Parliament. The proposed directive aims to define minimum rules concerning the definition of criminal offences and sanctions in the area of counterfeiting of the euro and other currencies (minimum harmonisation). Slovenia welcomes the general approach.

 

The Commission presented 2 proposals: regarding the setting up of a European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) as well as the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (so called Lisbonisation of Eurojust). The Council welcomed the 2 proposals and noted that a number of issues need clarification and further development (especially the structure and competence of EPPO). The discussion will continue at technical level, with a view to ensuring participation of as many Member States as possible in the European Public Prosecutor's Office. Slovenia welcomes both proposals.

 

On Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers met with their Eastern Partnership counterparts (from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) to discuss cooperation and future prospects in this field.