Common values and the rule of law on the agenda of EU justice affairs ministers in Helsinki
Migration, the course of internal security and strengthening of common values and the rule of law will be the key topics as the justice and home affairs ministers of EU member states convene in an informal meeting in Helsinki on 18–19 July.
The justice ministers take over on Friday 19 July, with Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson in the chair.
Strengthening common values and the rule of law is one of the priorities of Finland's Presidency. The ministers of justice will discuss this issue from the perspective of the justice sector. The effectiveness, independence and quality of national justice systems are key aspects of the rule of law. The implementation of these principles will also have an impact on cooperation within the European Area of Justice, which is based on mutual recognition and mutual trust.
The enhancement of judicial cooperation in criminal matters within the Union will also feature on the justice ministers’ agenda. Smooth cooperation is important for the investigation and prosecution of cross-border offences. The discussions will focus on detention conditions and alternatives to imprisonment.