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EU Agrees to Move towards Common Asylum Policy

Brdo pri Kranju, 25 January - EU interior ministers agreed on Thursday to take further steps towards an operational common asylum policy by 2010. "There is huge support for such practical cooperation and great readiness for an EU-level asylum policy," Slovenia's Dragutin Mate said on the margins of the informal ministerial at Brdo pri Kranju.

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini and Interior Minister Dragutin Mate.
Photo:Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Italian Interior Minister Giuliano Amato and European Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
EU justice ministers arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
EU justice ministers arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
Photo:Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini.
Photo:Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
Photo:Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
Interior Minister Dragutin Mate.
Photo:Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini and Interior Minister Dragutin Mate.
Photo:Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble and Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble and Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble and Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
EU justice ministers arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
EU justice ministers arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Attorney General for England and Wales Patricia Scotland.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Justice Minister Lovro Sturm.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Justice Minister Lovro Sturm.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Justice Minister Lovro Sturm.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Justice Minister Lovro Sturm.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Justice Minister Lovro Sturm.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Justice Minister Lovro Sturm.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
Portuguese Justice Minister Rui Carlos Pereira.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini, Interior Minister Dragutin Mate and Portuguese Justice Minister Rui Carlos Pereira.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble, Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini and Interior Minister Dragutin Mate (left to right).
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble, Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini and Interior Minister Dragutin Mate (left to right).
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble, Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini and Interior Minister Dragutin Mate (left to right).
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble, Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini and Interior Minister Dragutin Mate (left to right).
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble, Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini and Interior Minister Dragutin Mate (left to right).
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini and Interior Minister Dragutin Mate.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Justice Minister Lovro Sturm.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
Bulgarian Justice Minister Rumen Petkov (centre).
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini, Justice Minister Lovro Sturm and Interior Minister Dragutin Mate (left to right).
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini, Justice Minister Lovro Sturm and Interior Minister Dragutin Mate (in the middle, left to right).
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini, Interior Minister Dragutin Mate and Portuguese Justice Minister Rui Carlos Pereira.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
A press conference of the EU presidency.
Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini and Interior Minister Dragutin Mate.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Attorney General for England and Wales Patricia Scotland (right).
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Justice Minister Lovro Sturm.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Journalists reporting from the venue.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Interior Minister Dragutin Mate.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Luxembourg's Justice Minister Luc Frieden.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Luxembourg's Justice Minister Luc Frieden.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Interior Minister Dragutin Mate.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Interior Minister Dragutin Mate.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Interior Minister Dragutin Mate and his Italian counterpart Giuliano Amato.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Bulgarian Interior Minister Rumen Petkov (right).
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Bulgarian Interior Minister Rumen Petkov (right).
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Interior Minister Dragutin Mate (middle).
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Slovenian Interior Minister Dragutin Mate (middle).
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
European Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini (middle).
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Bulgarian Interior Minister Rumen Petkov (right).
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
European Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
An informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Bulgarian Interior Minister Rumen Petkov and European Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Interior Minister Dragutin Mate (rigth) at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
European Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini (second from right).
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
European Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini (second from right).
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Bulgarian Interior Minister Rumen Petkov arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Bulgarian Interior Minister Rumen Petkov arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Ministers arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Interior Minister Dragutin Mate arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Interior Minister Dragutin Mate arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Interior Minister Dragutin Mate arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Interior Minister Dragutin Mate arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Interior Minister Dragutin Mate arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Interior Minister Dragutin Mate arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Interior Minister Dragutin Mate arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
European Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Interior Minister Dragutin Mate arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Interior Minister Dragutin Mate arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
European Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
European Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
European Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini arriving at an informal meeting of EU interior and justice ministers.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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