Portuguese Minister of Internal Administration Eduardo Cabrita gave information about the progress made during Portugal‘s 6-month term presidency at a joint press conference with EU Commissioner for Internal Security Ylva Johansson.
Stating that their priority agenda, including the meeting they held today, is immigration and asylum, Cabrita said that strengthening the European Union Police Organization (EUROPOL) and the Schengen area, a new visa system, artificial intelligence, the fight against terrorism, integrated management and external borders that will give a positive meaning to migration for Europeans. He said significant progress has been made in the field of conservation.
Cabrita answered a question about whether the absence of the far-right soldier who disappeared in Belgium by stealing heavy weapons from his unit poses a greater threat than the ‘jihadist organizations’: “We must be prepared for all risks, not just ‘jihadist’ risks. We have identified far-right risks in Europe. We are working in this area with 27 member states including England, Norway, and Sweden.”
The Portuguese minister noted that this issue will also be discussed with the US authorities on 21-22 June.
Ylva Johansson, a member of the EU Commission responsible for internal securities, pointed out that they will discuss these issues in the meetings with US Minister of Justice Merrick Garland and Minister of Internal Security Alejandro Majorkas.