On 9 November 2018, the EU-U.S. Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs took place in Washington DC. The United States of America hosted the meeting and was represented by the U.S. Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker and Secretary for Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen.
On 22 and 23 May 2018, the EU-U.S. Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs was hosted by the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council in Sofia, Bulgaria. The meeting reaffirmed the long-standing, fruitful cooperation between the United States of America and the European Union in the areas of justice and home affairs, as well as the importance of jointly addressing common security threats.
Today, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, hosted a delegation from the United States in Brussels, led by Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, to discuss issues related to aviation security and safety.
Today, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas concluded a four-day trip to Germany and the United Kingdom, where he engaged with international partners on a range of homeland security issues, met with DHS employees, and participated in a panel discussion at the Aspen Global Security Forum.
The Directive will allow EU Member States to collect and analyze Passenger Name Records. This will help law enforcement prevent criminals and terrorists from boarding planes, and will improve Europe’s ability to prevent attacks against aviation targets.
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with Italian Minister of Interior Angelino Alfano to discuss a range of homeland security-related issues, including efforts to facilitate lawful trade and travel, border security, and information sharing to enhance counterterrorism efforts.
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with Belgian Minister of Interior Jan Jambon to express his condolences to the Minister and the Belgian people following last week’s terrorist attacks and offer the Department’s support for ongoing investigations and continued collaboration on counterterrorism.
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met today with Belgian Ambassador to the United States Johan Verbeke to offer his personal condolences to the ambassador and to the Belgian people in the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks today in Brussels and to offer to Belgium the full support of the Department in responding to these attacks and bringing those responsible to justice. Secretary Johnson noted the strong history of homeland security and intelligence sharing cooperation between U.S. and Belgian authorities and reaffirmed that the United States will provide any additional assistance that may be required.