Russia-EU PPC on Freedom, Security and Justice held its 15th meeting

Submitted on Mon, 10/10/2011 - 22:00

The 15th meeting of the Russia-EU Permanent Partnership Council on Freedom, Security and Justice took place on 10 and 11 October 2011 in Warsaw.

The Russian delegation was led by Mr. Alexander Konovalov, Special Envoy of the President for cooperation with the EU in the area of Freedom, Security and Justice, Minister of Justice, and Mr. Sergey Bulavin, State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Interior. Representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Federal Migration, Drug Control and Security Services, as well as General Prosecutor’s Office took part in the meeting.

The EU was represented by Mr. Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, Minister of Justice of Poland, Mr. Jerzy Miller, Minister of Interior of Poland, Ms Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs and Mr. Morten Bødskov, Minister of Justice of Denmark. Heads of EU agencies were also present.

The Parties reviewed the progress in the implementation of the Russia-EU Roadmap for the Common Space of Freedom, Security and Justice and endorsed the Work Plan for the Dialogue on Migration for 2011-2012.

They discussed the agreed text of the list of Common Steps towards Visa Free Short-Term Travel of Russian and EU Citizens and the progress in negotiations on amendments to the 2006 visa facilitation agreement.

The participants adopted concrete decisions on better cooperation in the fight against transnational crime, illicit drugs and corruption and reviewed certain aspects of judicial cooperation.

The PPC adopted Joint Conclusions of the meeting.

The next PPC meeting will be held in 2012 in Russia.