The informal EU summit in Bratislava on 16 September was the first occasion after the UK referendum for the 27 Heads of State and Government of the European Union to meet without the UK prime minster. The outcome was the adoption of the Bratislava Declaration and Roadmap. The latter contains a number of concrete policy proposals and a timetable for their implementation in the areas of migration, internal and external security, defence, economic and social development and youth. A few days earlier in his speech on the state of the European Union Jean Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, came out with his five point roadmap for investment, the digital single market, security, defence and youth.
Taking note of these initiatives but also of the continued controversy and disagreement among member states after the Brexit vote, the Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions (Justice and Peace Europe) gathered on Monday, the 3rd October 2016, in Luxembourg for its annual General Assembly and adopted the following declaration.