The priority sector Justice and Home Affairs aims at strengthening European citizens’ confidence in their governments’ ability to ensure civil rights, equal treatment and protection, all which are crucial to the Europe 2020 strategy for inclusive and sustainable growth. Lack of public trust in the judiciary is widespread mainly due to corruption, excessive length of proceedings and chronic non- enforcement of judicial decisions. Furthermore, crime stretches across European borders with increased complexity, the influx of irregular migrants remains a challenge for Europe, and weak immigration systems risk breaching human rights and international law. Domestic and gender-based violence remain endemic throughout Europe to huge economic and social cost. Man-made and natural disasters are increasing both in frequency and intensity, and investments in disaster risk reduction can reduce or prevent loss of life and property, and reap vast economic benefits.