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    Credit to Cyprus for immigration at the ECJ where the Minister of Justice participated – “Excellent example”

    The credit to the Republic of Cyprus for the successful management of the immigration and in particular in the field of returns, characterizing it as an excellent examplethat could be followed by other member states, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson awarded during the work of the European Union Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA), which was attended by the Minister of Justice and Public Order Marios Hartsiotis.

    According to an announcement by the Ministry of Justice, in intervention, at the work of the Council, which took place in Luxembourg on June 13 and 14, Mr. Hartsiotis expressed thanks to the Commission, as well as for the special mention made in the Report on Cyprus regarding its successful connection to the Information System Schengen in July 2023.

    He also expressed Cyprus's support for the priorities set for the Schengen area for the years 2024-2025.

    During the working lunch, according to the announcement, during which there was an exchange of views on the challenges that the EU has to face, in order to strengthen its preparedness in dealing with crises, the Minister of Justice suggested that the possibility be examined, when there are forecasts for severe weather events, to move through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (rescEU) necessary equipment, such as flying fire-fighting equipment from areas that do not appear to be at risk closer to the areas expected to be affected.

    Also, Mr. Hartsiotis emphasized that Cyprus, due to its geographical position, can contribute significantly to the entire European crisis response planning.

    Furthermore, the announcement of the Ministry of Justice states that during the first day of the Council, the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, the proposal for a Regulation to prevent and combat the sexual abuse of children via the Internet and ways to deal with the phenomenon of abuse by citizens were discussed of third countries of the exemption from the obligation to secure an entry visa (visa).

    On the second day of the Council, according to the announcement, an important topic of discussion was the proposal for a directive on the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, and Ministers' views were sought on whether long statutes of limitation should be imposed on relevant offenses and how AI-generated child sexual abuse material should be dealt with.

    As reported, Mr. Hartsiotis supported both the introduction of long statutes of limitations and the criminalization of depictions of child exploitation through electronic artificial intelligence systems, citing typical examples, which received a positive response, in general.

    It was also discussed, according to the announcement of the Ministry of Justice, Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine and the fight against impunity, where the senior Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court informed about the ongoing investigation procedures of the crimes committed in Ukraine.

    “Both Mr. Hartsiotis and the representative of Greece recalled that 50 years ago Cyprus was also a victim of violent attack and crimes by Turkey, which still illegally owns 40% of its territory,” the statement added .

    The work of the Council was completed late on Friday afternoon and the Minister is returning to Cyprus early on Saturday morning.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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