EU justice ministers meeting in Luxembourg, discuss counter-terrorism measures

BRUSSELS, European Union Justice Ministers started in Luxembourg Monday their formal meeting to discuss terrorism, hate speech, whistle blowers and human rights.

Prior to the meeting, Minister of Justice of Finland Anna-Maja Henriksson told reporters “We have a very interesting meeting today with ministers of Justice. We have lot of different topics on the agenda”.

Topics on the agenda include human rights, counter terrorism, hate speech, and victim’s situation,” victims of crime are often in a very lonely situation and they need to get more support,” she said. On his part, EU Commissioner for migration and interior affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos said “this afternoon we are going to dedicate our time to discuss the Internet Forum ” “The Internet Forum is one of the great successes of this Commission. Now it has been upgraded at a global level, and it has proved itself a very strong tool in our hands in order to fight radicalization and of course in practical terms to have terrorist content online removed immediately,” he added.

The meeting will also discuss ways to adopts new rules on protection of whistle- blowers.

European Union Justice Ministers formally adopted new rules to guarantee a high-level protection to whistle-blowers across a wide range of sectors.

These sectors includes public procurement, financial services, money laundering, product and transport safety, nuclear safety, and public health, consumer and data protection.

In a joint statement, gathered ministers said that the new rules would require the creation of safe channels for reporting, within both private and public organization.

It will also provide a high level of protection to whistle-blowers against retaliation, and require national authorities to adequately inform citizens and train public officials on how to deal with whistle blowing, the statement added.

All EU Member states will have two years to transpose the new rules into their national law.

Now, only 10 EU countries have a comprehensive law protecting whistle-blowers.

A whistleblower is a person who exposes secretive information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within a private or public organization.

Source: Kuwait News Agency