Priorities in EU and international affairs in the Ministry of the Interior’s administrative branch 

The Ministry of the Interior sets out annually the priorities that guide the international and EU activities in its administrative branch. Many EU and international events have been held virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are already clear signs that we can start convening in different countries again. 

In 2022, EU matters will proceed under the leadership of the French and Czech Presidencies, which will to a great extent determine the issues to be prioritised in the Council of the European Union. In international affairs, we at the Ministry of the Interior will emphasise closer cooperation with our neighbouring countries.

The general premise of the EU and international activities in the Ministry of the Interior’s branch of government is to support the development of the rule of law and the implementation of fundamental and human rights.

Priorities

  • Actively exert influence to reform the EU asylum system with the aim of creating a well-functioning system for all migration situations. Develop ways to anticipate migration movements and improve crisis preparedness nationally and at the EU level.
     
  • Build tailored migration partnerships at bilateral and EU levels with key countries of origin and transit, covering return and readmission issues, reintegration and the development of legal pathways. 
     
  • Strengthen the resilience of the Schengen area by supporting the comprehensive development of the Schengen system.
     
  • Improve the operational capabilities of law enforcement authorities to respond to changing security threats. Ensure that the needs of the Ministry of the Interior’s branch of government as well as data protection and privacy protection will be taken into account comprehensively in the preparation of EU regulation on artificial intelligence.
     
  • Show leadership at EU and international levels in preventing violent extremism and radicalisation.
     
  • Promote the comprehensive approach to security in Nordic cooperation, in the EU and in the NATO context to strengthen resilience and to coordinate the work of the different sectors as part of foreign and security policy discussion.
     
  • Combat threats to national security by improving the security authorities’ ability to respond to information influence activities, hybrid influencing activities and serious cyber threats, taking into account the objectives of the EU’s Strategic Compass and the resilience requirements imposed on critical infrastructure.
     
  • Actively promote the use and development of national expertise in the formulation of the EU’s digitalisation, research and innovation policies and in the implementation of various programmes.

The Ministry of the Interior will monitor the impact and implementation of the priorities alongside the implementation of the Joint Strategy for the Ministry of the Interior’s Administrative Branch.