The Government welcome efforts to take forward EU co-operation in Justice and Home Affairs (JHA), in line with the Hampton Court delivery agenda.
The Government’s position at Tampere was that it welcomed the debate and that it was only right to examine whether there are ways to improve the way we make decisions in JHA.
However, the Government stated furthermore that we would need to be fully satisfied that any changes to the existing arrangements would genuinely improve the decision-making process, and that such a move would need to be in the UK’s national interest. It is, as yet, unclear whether the Finnish Presidency will bring forward further work in this area during their Presidency, but the Government consider the current debate to be over. We will, however, keep the House informed of any developments.