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20th December 2021
Data, Tech & IP External Relations & Trade Justice & Litigation

EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting: main takeaways

The US and the EU met in Washington DC on 16 December to discuss cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs. This follows a meeting in Lisbon on 22 June 2021 between the parties, where they mostly discussed counterterrorism and recorded a mutual commitment to uphold democracy and the respect for the rule of law.

The latest meeting dealt with issues such as cybercrime, the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in law enforcement, environmental crimes and migration affairs. Cybercrimes were by far the most important topic covered, with both parties stating their determination to preserve the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime as the primary instrument for international cooperation on cybercrime and agreeing to increase their cooperation in preventing, investigating, and prosecuting all forms of cybercrime,  in particular against child sexual abuse and ransomware.

With regard to AI, the US and EU agreed that it must be used in a responsible and trustworthy manner, so as to ensure effective action against crime while fully respecting individual rights and liberties. They also agreed to enhance cooperation on environmental crime, including by cooperating to hold accountable persons who commit and profit from environmental crimes.

Both parties also discussed migration challenges stemming from Afghanistan and agreed to work together to address the state-sponsored instrumentalisation and exploitation of migrants phenomena.

Read the full statement here.

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