Today, 22 November 2021, the nine European Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Agencies came together to wrap up the activities of the network in 2021 and present its key achievements. The event also gathered high-level representatives from the
European External Action Service, the
General Secretariat of the Council, as well as the current Slovenian Presidency of the Council and the upcoming French one.
This year, under the Frontex presidency of the network, the agencies focused on two strategic EU priorities – contributing to the European Green Deal and digitalisation.
In a series of events throughout the year, the agencies discussed the impact of climate change on migration and organised crime, looked at EU and international efforts in fighting environmental crimes, presented and exchanged ideas about how to make their administrations carbon-neutral and digital solutions that will make the agencies more effective.
The meeting also offered an opportunity to discuss the latest developments, tasks and challenges ahead of the agencies.
EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson and Executive Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans addressed the participants of the event.
“Today at the annual meeting of the heads of the Justice and Home Affairs Agencies I shared my assessment of the current political situation and common priorities for next year. Warm thanks to all the heads of JHA Agencies for their essential work to maintain and strengthen the European area of freedom, security and justice”, said EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson.
During the meeting, the heads of the nine JHA agencies signed a joint statement on the EU Green Deal, reaffirming their commitment to contribute to a safer and cleaner environment by undertaking activities ranging from operational to administrative actions, within limits of their respective mandates.
Below key achievements of the network this year:
eu-LISA plays a key role with regard to digitalisation. The ongoing process of making border management and internal security processes more digital and interoperable is our core business. The development of new IT systems, and the revision of existing ones, leads to a safer and more secure Europe for all its citizens.
Established in 2010, the JHA Agencies' Network connects the EU Agencies protecting the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. It includes nine agencies:
Frontex. Together, they contribute to the implementation of EU objectives in the fields of migration, asylum and external border management, the fight against serious organised crime, drug trafficking and terrorism, gender equality and respect for fundamental rights.
In 2022, CEPOL, EU's agency for law enforcement training, takes over the Presidency of the Network.