The EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies Network (JHAAN) has published the second update of the joint document on the response to COVID-19. This latest update contains further details on the individual and joint efforts of the nine EU agencies active in the area of ​​freedom, security and justice to address the impact of COVID-19.

Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, the EU JHA Agencies (CEPOL, EIGE, EMCDDA, EUAA, eu-LISA, Eurojust, Europol, FRA and Frontex) have provided continuous support to Member States and EU institutions. EU to address the unprecedented challenges resulting from the virus outbreak – each agency within its respective mandate and area of ​​expertise.

During 2020, the JHA agencies took all necessary measures to ensure business continuity and uninterrupted operational support. At the same time, the JHAAN, under the chairmanship of Eurojust, has launched a mutual dialogue to share the experiences of the agencies in the fight against the pandemic and to consider new avenues for closer cooperation between the agencies and with the main stakeholders inside and outside the EU. On July 15, 2020, the first joint JHA Agencies Response to COVID-19 document was released, reflecting the agencies’ individual and joint efforts to address the impact of the pandemic. As the pandemic continued to run its course throughout 2020, the first joint document update covering the January to December period was released in January 2021.

About the Justice and Home Affairs Agencies Network

The JHAAN links nine EU agencies active in the area of ​​freedom, security and justice. Together, the agencies contribute to the implementation of EU objectives in the areas of migration, asylum and the management of external borders, the fight against organized crime, drug trafficking and terrorism, gender equality men and women and respect for fundamental rights. They also facilitate the operation of EU IT systems, contribute to EU activities on drugs and drug addiction and provide training to law enforcement authorities.