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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 330

G7 Speakers: Greater parliamentary scrutiny over intelligence services is needed

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 settembre 2018

EP Vice-President Pavel Telička is due to address the G7 Speakers’ Conference in Canada tomorrow on parliamentary oversight of intelligence activities.The Conference, gathering speakers from G7 countries’ parliaments and the European Parliament, is taking place in Halifax, Canada from 6 to 8 September and focussing on “Parliamentary Oversight and National Security”.Vice President Pavel Telička, due to address the Conference tomorrow morning on behalf of EP President Antonio Tajani, will stress the need to extend parliamentary oversight of operations by intelligence services at EU level, following increased cooperation among Member States.He will say:
“Operations of intelligence authorities fall within the competence of Member States”, but “recent events have pointed to the need to increase cooperation between national intelligence services and their supervisory bodies across the Union.” “In the European Parliament’s opinion, national parliaments should ensure meaningful oversight of intelligence activities. This implies that the committees and bodies in charge of such an oversight should have sufficient resources, technical expertise and legal means, as well as access to all relevant documents. At the same time, the European Parliament has consistently insisted, in various resolutions, on the need to strike the right balance between enhancing security, and ensuring democratic oversight.”
“It is our view that proper scrutiny should also be exerted at the EU level. In general, the European Parliament has a range of supervisory and control powers over security institutions such as Europol, Eurojust or the European Union’s Situation Centre (Sitcen). Nevertheless, we could do even more to improve democratic oversight on the European level, including developing rules for the European Parliament to have access to classified information.”

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