The JHA network has an important role to play in Europe. Their work helps ensure that the EU is well equipped to deal with security, justice, fundamental rights and gender equality.
The agencies work on a wide range of important areas, including migration and border management, drug trafficking and combating organised crime, human trafficking and gender equality. Since these areas have a lot in common, the network was established to make use of the synergies and share information.
The network includes nine agencies: CEPOL, EASO, EIGE, EMCDDA, eu-LISA, Eurojust, Europol, FRA and Frontex. The JHA agencies take turns in chairing the network. EIGE is the chair in 2018.
The JHA agencies report jointly to the Council’s Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security (COSI) regarding the network’s progress and achievements. In line with this requirement, a formal report, to be endorsed by the Heads of the JHA agencies in November in Vilnius, will be presented to COSI by the end of the year.
EIGE chairs the JHA network in 2018
Digitalisation under the spotlight
In addition to a wide range of ongoing joint projects, EIGE brought digitalisation to the network’s agenda in 2018. JHA agencies will take a closer look at how digitalisation affects women and men in their respective areas of activity. A specific focus will be given to minors in the digital world.
“While chairing the network, EIGE wanted to give special focus to digitalisation, which has dramatically changed the everyday lives of both women and men. We also aim to highlight the human dimension in all other areas of the network and to bring to the surface the crucial differences of how they affect women and men”, says Virginija Langbakk, Director of EIGE.
|1-2 March 2018||1st JHA network meeting|
|12 April 2018||Workshop on gender statistics|
|18 May 2018||Data protection meeting|
|14 June 2018||Prevention of sexual harassment: experience sharing among the confidential counsellors|
|19 June 2018||Workshop on digitalisation|
|20-21 June 2018||2nd JHA network meeting|
|17-18 July 2018||Training meeting (CEPOL)|
|27-28 September 2018||3rd JHA network meeting|
|8 October 2018||Prevention of sexual harassment: experience sharing among HR coordinators|
|22-23 November 2018||Heads of JHA agencies’ meeting|
|tbc||Meeting on external dimension (FRONTEX)|
EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies' cooperation in 2018: Final report
Maximising opportunities, minimising risks: meeting the digital challenge for girls and boys - joint paper by the JHA agencies
Leaflet: The EU justice and home affairs agencies 2018
News article: EU agencies take a stand against harassment
News article: EU agencies stand together against human trafficking
News article: Women and men in a digital Europe
Joint Statement of Heads of JHA agencies: Zero tolerance for sexual harassment
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