1.In June 2013, the European Council requested the Council to initiate the process of reflection that would lead to the adoption by the European Council of Strategic Guidelines for legislative and operational planning in the area of freedom, security and justice (pursuant to Article 68 TFEU).
JAI 286 JAIEX 34 JUSTCIV 120 CATS 66 DROIPEN 65 COPEN 139 COSI 38 ASIM 40 MIGR 65 VISA 117
FRONT 94 ENFOPOL 126 PROCIV 40 DAPIX 61 CRIMORG 40 EUROJUST 92 GENVAL 28 EJUSTICE 45 ENFOCUSTOM 60 FREMP 812.The Council undertook extensive discussions on this matter at different levels (JHA Council, Informal Ministerial meetings, COREPER, Working Parties and Committees). Member States have also contributed with written positions, while the Commission issued two Communications1 that fed into the relevant deliberations. The European Parliament recently adopted a Resolution,2 which evaluates large parts of the achievements in the JHA area under the Stockholm Programme.
3.With this paper, the Hellenic Presidency aims to summarise the outcomes of these discussions and to present findings in view of the European Council in June 2014.
4.The discussions in the Council have concentrated on proposals for both general and thematic issues of the future development of the JHA area, which is reflected in the outline of this paper. Discussions in the Council were held separately on Justice and on Home Affairs, albeit following the same approach (consensus/ dissensus/ new ideas); the current paper merges all these dimensions to produce a comprehensive set of observations.
5.The Council has also considered, to the appropriate extent, numerous other contributions on the issue of the future development of the JHA area, in particular those by EU agencies, relevant international organisations, civil society and academia. The successful implementation of the JHA policies will depend on the concerted efforts by all EU Member States, institutions, and relevant regional, local and civil actors, thus proper communication and consultation should be undertaken to ensure complementarity, participation and pooling of resources.
6.The Presidency invites the Ministers to discuss open issues on the development of the JHA area.”