Justice Minister to participate in EU Ministers’ Council

Minister of Justice and Public Order Ionas Nicolaou will be flying to Luxembourg on Wednesday to participate in the EU Council of Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs, during which the Ministers are set to adopt the regulation that sets up the European Public Prosecutor`s Office (EPPO) through enhanced cooperation.

According to a PIO press release, the EPPO will have the authority, under certain conditions, to investigate and prosecute EU-fraud and other crimes affecting the Union`s financial interests. It will bring together European and national law-enforcement efforts to counter EU fraud.

During the Council, to take place on October 12 and 13, the Ministers will also exchange views on a proposal for a better exchange of criminal records relating to non-EU nationals in the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS). The system was set up in 2012 to make it easier for EU countries to exchange information on criminal records.

On the second day of the Council, the Ministers will discuss the interim evaluation of the strategic guidelines in the sector of justice and home affairs. They will furthermore examine the implementation of measures and set the future priorities on terrorism and cybercrime.

The Ministers will also discuss the proposed revision of rules on the temporary reintroduction of internal border controls in the Schengen area, and will cover more broadly the application of the current rules.

Nicolaou will be returning to Cyprus on October 13.

source: CNA