During the meeting, the two sides reiterated the importance of and respect for commitments in the area of human rights and rule of law, including the independence of the judiciary, which underpin cooperation in the area of freedom, security and justice
The Amsterdam Treaty mandate and the Tampere Summit declaration to create a European Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
were the Pillar Three counterparts to these Pillar Two initiatives, and both were designed to fashion a coherent European response to disparate trends and challenges.
Announced at the Tampere Summit (see European Report no2444 for further details) and since discussed extensively, most recently on March 3 and 4 at the informal JHA session in Lisbon (see European Report no2481 for further details), the Scoreboard on an area of freedom, security and justice
contains no surprises in either its content or its presentation.
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The highlight of the first morning was the presentation by the Justice Commissioner, Antonio Vitorino, of a Draft Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
Scoreboard (AFSJ) aiming to implement the conclusions of the European Summit of Tampere of October 1999 (see European Report N[inverted exclamation mark] 2444).
By adopting, on 15 February, a Resolution submitted by its Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs concerning the progress achieved in 1999 in the implementation of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
(AFSJ), the European Parliament, meeting in plenary session, indicated its concern over the increasingly frequent roadblocks which are jeopardising implementation of the AFSJ.
He will first visit Copenhagen and Vienna to present his draft Scoreboard for setting up the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
(AFSJ), which the Commission was mandated to set up by the special European Council for Justice and Home Affairs in Tampere on October 15/16 1999 (see European Report No 2444).
As half of the Ministers had failed to turn up, the open debate on an area of freedom, security and justice
was not as interesting as it might have been.
"Towards an area of freedom, security and justice
", is the name of a Communication (COM(98)459), the European Commission adopted on July 14.