Styrket yttergrensekontroll og bekjempelse av ulovlig innvandring

Styrket yttergrensekontroll og bekjempelse av ulovlig innvandring

Rådskonklusjoner om 29 tiltak for styrket kontroll av yttergrensene og for bekjempelse av ulovlig innvandring

Rådskonklusjoner vedtatt 25.2.2010

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BAKGRUNN (Utdrag fra Det spanske EU-formansskapets pressemelding 25.2.2010, engelsk utgave)

Member States promote a common security and illegal immigration strategy
The ministers of the interior of the EU have undertaken to improve protection of EU citizens against shared threats such as terrorism, organised crime, drug and human trafficking and cybercrime.

The text approved by the ministers, one of the priorities of the Spanish Presidency of the EU, states that, "Steps must be taken to ensure that Member States share information in a timely fashion to prevent crime and prosecute criminals".

Member States have also agreed to further strengthen surveillance on immigrant source countries through the European agency for co-ordinating operational co-operation on external borders (FRONTEX).

With regard to the issues of border security, Spain's minister of the interior Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, after organising the work of the Council, remarked “This is a substantial agreement that adds greater effectiveness to the fight against illegal immigration”.

During a press conference, in which he was accompanied by the Commissioner for Internal Affairs, Sweden's Cecilia Malsmtröm, Rubalcaba expressed his satisfaction with the “relevant set of initiatives” approved during the meeting held on the 25th in Brussels.