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Reference Number: PR200091, Press Release Issue Date: Jan 24, 2020
​Minister for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement, Byron Camilleri, attended the Informal Justice and Home Affairs Council Meeting, in Zagreb, Croatia. The home affairs meeting agenda focused on security issues, the implementation of interoperability, and combating organised smuggling networks. This was the first meeting held under the Croatian Presidency.
The ministers exchanged views on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum and the Common European Asylum System. Minister Camilleri stated that EU cooperation with its North African neighbours, including Libya and Egypt is a necessity, not an option. “The EU should provide assistance to these states so that they are in a better position to effectively control their external borders,” the minister remarked.
The ministers held a policy debate on the interoperability proposals on EU information systems and discussed the current contributions of EU agencies to fight terrorism. The meeting focused on the challenges faced by member states and identify possible solutions. In order to better protect the EU’s external borders, improve the management of migration and enhance internal security, the European Union must implement a more efficient information exchange and information management system. 
During the lunch debate, the ministers spoke about combating organised smuggling networks. This was recognised as a major issue along all migratory routes. Minister Camilleri stated that enhancing cooperation with the relevant third countries will be key in the EU’s attempts to prevent irregular migration and migrant smuggling.