The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has issued a statement concerning the situation in Ukraine on behalf of the EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) agencies, a network of nine EU agencies working on freedom, security and justice in the EU.
The agencies say they support the work of the EU institutions and Member States as they help Ukraine and its people “now that war once again touches Europe”.
“By working together and utilising each agency’s particular expertise, we engage as a matter of urgency to assist EU Member States in terms of humanitarian support, respect for fundamental rights, management of EU external borders, visa measures, anticipation of hybrid threats and reception of people fleeing war. This includes establishing a temporary protection mechanism for the displaced persons from Ukraine,” says the statement.
The nine agencies are: the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA), the EU Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA), the EU Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust), the EU’s Law Enforcement Agency (Europol), the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) and the European Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL).
The presidency of the network in 2022 is held by the European Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL).
EMCDDA also announced that all ongoing and planned bilateral engagement between the agency and representatives of Russia and Belarus has been suspended with immediate effect.
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