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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 106

Civil Liberties Committee delegation to Istanbul on the Visa Package

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 aprile 2015

Meetings in Brussels on 13 and 14 April Room: Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 1A002. Members from the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee will go on a mission to istanbul (Turkey) on 9 and 10 April in the framework of the legislative work on the Visa Package, which includes proposals aiming at shortening and simplifying the procedures for non-EU nationals wishing to come to the EU for short stays, reducing costs and bureaucracy, whilst maintaining the level of security.MEPs will visit EU member states’ consulates, meet with representatives of the Local Schengen Cooperation and visit the External Services provider (VFS Global), which deals with visa applications.The delegation will be composed by the rapporteurs on the Visa Package, Juan Fernando López Aguilar (head of the delegation, S&D, ES) and Brice Hortefeux (EPP, FR), Heinz Becker (EPP, AT), Pal Csáky (EPP, SL), Nathalie Griesbeck (ALDE, FR) and Ignazio Corrao (EFDD, IT). The Civil Liberties Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday 14 April, from 15.00 to 18.30, to discuss with experts the evolving terrorist threats and the policy approach to take, both in the field of counter-radicalisation and in the field of law enforcement and criminal justice.The first session will focus on the evolving terrorist threats and the implications for EU internal security. Contributions will come from Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, Dolgor Solongo, from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Lord of Lothian (tbc), Member of the House of Lords’ Intelligence and Security Committee.The second session will focus on ways to countering violent extremism and preventing radicalisation. The invited speakers are Peter Neumann, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, Didier Bigo (tbc), from the King’s College of London and co-author of the study on countering youth radicalisation, and Said Aberkan, Islamic consultant from Antwerp’s prison service.The last session will focus on policy instruments in the fight against terrorism. Anna Nellberg-Dennis, Chair of EUROCOP, Frédéric Van Leeuw, Federal prosecutor in Belgium, and Quirine Eijkman, from the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism of Leiden University, will present their views (draft programme)

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