Germany will take over the EU Council Presidency in a few months. It should be more about climate protection. Above all, Horst Seehofer wants to improve border protection.
Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer wants to make asylum policy and data exchange between the security authorities a priority of the German EU Council Presidency. The CSU politician at the European Police Congress in Berlin emphasized that the “Green Deal” for climate protection announced by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is one thing that he fully supports.
Large deficits are particularly noticeable in the protection of external borders and the application of the so-called Dublin rules. The Dublin procedure for taking back asylum seekers does not work. “We don’t even get an answer to our letters from most countries,” said the Interior Minister. The Dublin system determines which EU member state is responsible for the application of an asylum seeker – usually the state in which the authorities first registered it. Germany will take over the EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2020.
“I plan to make security a key issue for the German Presidency,” said Seehofer. For him, this also includes expanding the possibilities for data exchange between the security authorities in Europe. Even after Brexit, the EU states should continue to use Britain’s capabilities in security matters, in their interest. Anyone who argues against it is “small checked”. According to Seehofer, the European border protection agency Frontex should be staffed more quickly than previously planned.