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Press Releases

30.01.2006

High-level ministerial meeting in Vienna

 

On 30 January 2006, Interior Minister Liese Prokop and Justice Minister Karin Gastinger welcomed the Vice-President of the European Commission, Franco Frattini, and the Justice and Interior Ministers of Finland, Germany, Portugal and Slovenia in Vienna in the context of the EU Presidency. Starting with Finland, the four countries will follow Austria in the presidency of the EU.

The Schengen Information System (SIS II), the visa information system and a follow-up to the January meeting of justice and interior ministers in the Hofburg were on the agenda of the one-day meeting.

In the run-up to the meeting, Interior Minister Liese Prokop, Germany’s Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and the Governor of Lower Austria, Erwin Pröll, stressed the importance of federal structures and regional cooperation on security issues. In this context, Prokop emphasised the need to exchange experience in security matters. Her German counterpart argued in a similar vein: terrorism, violence and migration could only be successfully tackled together, Schäuble said. Pröll referred to the exposed situation of Lower Austria and the particular challenges in the area of asylum.

 

Date: 31.01.2006