DHS Deputy Secretary Mayorkas participates in U.S.-EU meeting

Alejandro Mayorkas, the deputy secretary of the DHS, visited Athens, Greece, on June 24-25 to participate in the U.S.-European Union Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting.

Mayorkas joined U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at the meeting, where he highlighted the importance of international collaboration during attempts to ensure common security interests. Joint security concerns include extremist travel to and from Syria and countering violent extremism.

During the meeting, Mayorkas also discussed the need for collaboration with international counterparts in efforts to stop cyber crime, human trafficking and intellectual property rights violations through the U.S.-EU Cyber Working Group and the Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Online.

On Tuesday, Mayorkas met with Cecilia Malmström, the commissioner of the EU, to discuss the link between U.S. security and that of its international partners. They discussed the need to work closely together to ensure the security of the global supply chain and trade and travel networks.

Mayorkas also met with international counterparts to discuss efforts to enhance aviation security, combat terrorism, secure cyberspace and address other homeland security priorities.

Following his trip to Greece, Mayorkas traveled to Barcelona, Spain, for the European Union Group of 6+1 Interior Ministers' Meeting. The itinerary for the meeting included discussions on counterterrorism efforts, aviation security and efforts to halt illegal immigration and drug trafficking.