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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 126

Posts Tagged ‘authorities’

Civil Liberties delegation raises concerns with US authorities on data protection

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 23 luglio 2018

A delegation of nine MEPs visited Washington D.C. from 16 to 19 July to obtain information on the state of play in the US on major Civil Liberties Committee topics. Discussions focused on personal data protection, counter-terrorism, the visa waiver programme and cyber-security. The delegation held meetings with representatives of the US Administration, e.g. Department of State, Justice, Homeland Security, Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission, and with Senators and Representatives of the US Congress. MEPs also met various industry, think-tank and NGO representatives.Reacting to the discussions on data protection, Civil Liberties Committee Chair and head of the delegation Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) said: “We have learnt more about recent US initiatives at the state and federal levels to strengthen privacy and data protection following recent scandals and drawing on work carried out in the EU on the GDPR.”The delegation held extensive talks on the EU-US Privacy Shield arrangement and the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (CLOUD Act), a US law that grants the US and foreign police access to personal data across borders.”We have raised our concerns with US authorities regarding the US CLOUD Act and the remaining deficiencies with the US-EU Privacy Shield. More needs to be done to provide the adequate level of data protection for EU citizens required by the Court of Justice”, stressed Mr Moraes.
“US and EU lawmakers must respond to the shared challenge of providing an effective policy response to the multiple threats our citizens face in terms of data protection, privacy, cybersecurity and electoral processes. We must now work towards the development of policy solutions and remedies that will ensure that companies adhere to business models that are by design and by default compliant with fundamental rights”, concluded Mr Moraes.The delegation also discussed the EU-US visa waiver programme and reiterated that all EU citizens should be able to travel visa-free to the US. Citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania still cannot enter US territory without a visa, while US citizens can travel to all EU countries visa-free. MEPs expressed their serious concerns with the lack of progress on the conflict with the European common visa policy.On counter terrorism, the delegation welcomed improved cooperation between EU and the US for the benefit of both sides at a meeting with the National Security Council at the White House.

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Making asylum fingerprinting rights compliant

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 ottobre 2015

fingerprintingThe swift identification and registration of asylum seekers is an important measure to ensure their protection. Under EU law, registration procedures also include taking fingerprints. To help authorities ensure fingerprinting practices do not violate fundamental rights, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has produced a 10-point checklist for rights compliance in its latest Focus paper.
Under EU rules, all asylum seekers and irregular migrants caught crossing borders unauthorised must provide fingerprints for Eurodac, the EU’s large-scale fingerprinting database set up for the smooth running of the Dublin system – a mechanism established to determine the Member State responsible for examining asylum applications.Member States are obliged to take fingerprints, but there are limitations on how to enforce such obligation so as not to violate fundamental rights. FRA’s Focus paper, ‘Fundamental rights implications of the obligation to provide fingerprints for Eurodac’, contains a checklist to assist authorities and officers who have to take fingerprints for Eurodac to comply with fundamental rights.Elements in the checklist include:providing easy-to-understand information about why fingerprints are being taken;
training on identifying victims of torture, human trafficking, sexual or gender-based violence, or other serious crime;
giving effective opportunities to comply with fingerprinting requirements without resorting to force;
refraining from arbitrary deprivation of liberty and from using physical or psychological force to obtain fingerprints;
paying special attention to vulnerable people such as children.
The paper also examines the impact of refusing to give fingerprints on the principle of of not sending migrants back to life-threatening situations (non-refoulement), the right to liberty and security, and the protection from disproportionate use of force.
FRA is also working on the wider fundamental rights implications of inserting, storing and using biometric data in large-scale information technologies systems focusing on the EU’s three large-scale systems: Eurodac, SIS II (Schengen Information System) and VIS (Visa Information System). (photo: fingerprinting)

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Tavola Rotonda Assicurazioni e Authorities

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 febbraio 2011

Roma, 17 Febbraio 2011 – Hotel Ambasciatori Business International inaugura il filone dei convegni 2011 con un nuovo evento dedicato alle Compagnie di Assicurazione. Il futuro dell’industria assicurativa europea e nuove Autorità di Vigilanza: operatori a confronto La Tavola Rotonda Assicurazioni e Authorities, riunirà Authorities Europee ed Italiane, Istituzioni Pubbliche, Compagnie Assicurative nazionali ed internazionali, Riassicuratori, Associazioni di Categoria, Agenti, Broker ed esperti del settore in un confronto aperto sui temi più attuali e stringenti del momento. Il dibattito verterà sul futuro del settore assicurativo in Europa, coinvolgendo i vertici dell’Eiopa, dell’Isvap, del Covip e degli altri Istituti di Vigilanza Italiani, ma si parlerà anche del futuro di Solvency II, di tutela della concorrenza, settore danni, ramo RC Auto e Previdenza Complementare. Interverranno alla Prima Edizione della Tavola Rotonda Assicurazioni e Authorities di Business International:
• Flavia Mazzarella, Vice Direttore Generale, ISVAP – Management Board, EIOPA
• Pamela Schuermans, Solvency II Coordinator, EIOPA
• Paolo Garonna, Direttore Generale, ANIA
• Giovanni Calabrò, Direttore Generale per la Concorrenza, ANTITRUST
• Marcello Bianchi, Responsabile Ufficio Analisi Impatto della Regolamentazione, CONSOB
• Antonio Finocchiaro, Presidente, COVIP
• Antonio Silvano Andriani, Presidente, AXA MPS – Consigliere incaricato per il welfare, ANIA
• Paolo Panarelli, Direttore Generale, CONSAP
• Maria Luisa Cavina, Responsabile del Servizio Tutela Utenti, ISVAP
• Giovanni Metti, Presidente Nazionale, SINDACATO NAZIONALE AGENTI
• Antonio Longo, Professore di Diritto dei Mercati Finanziari, UNIVERSITA’ della TUSCIA  di  VITERBO
• Michele Siri, Professore di Diritto delle Assicurazioni e del Mercato Finanziario, UNIVERSITA’ di GENOVA
• Danilo Cattaneo, Direttore Generale, INFOCERT
• Enrico Fermi, Business Development Executive, CSC
• Camillo Candia, Amministratore Delegato, ZURICH

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Food security

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 luglio 2010

Rome – the European Commission has agreed to finance the project “Emergency support to vulnerable communities affected by the floods in January 2010, in Cusco and Puno Regions (Peru)”. The project is funded  by the European Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) from a donation of 1.100.000 euro over a period of 11 months to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which will implement the action. The overall objective of the project is to increase food security of the subsistence farmers affected by the floods in Cusco and Puno through the re-establishment of the productive capacity of subsistence farmers and through the guarantee of the community resilience against natural disasters in coordination with the local authorities.

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Reinforcing the Europe-wide civil society

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 3 settembre 2009

Zadar, Croatia 19-20 October 2009, IMPACT Centre International conference entitled “Strengthening the triangle CSOs – National Governments – European Commission” taking place in Zadar, Croatia on the 19 and 20 October 2009 organised by European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), National Foundation for Civil Society Development (NFCSD) and the IMPACT European Centre fro Cross Sector Partnership. This conference is supported by European Commission DG Enlargements’ People to People programme.  This event is part of a process that launched a debate at EU and national levels about how to create sustainable partnership relations between civil society actors, EU and national authorities. Four international conferences were organised in the framework of this campaign: the Brussels conference, which was held in October 2007, the Ljubljana conference which took place in April 2008 and during which a crucial policy document in this process was adopted by the CSOs: the Ljubljana declaration, the Zadar conference in September 2008 and the Congress in Ljubljana which was held in April 2009.   This time we want to evaluate the progress made on establishing structures and the legal framework for the establishment of sustainable tripartite civil dialogue in the countries of the region, but also tackle issues which are determining CSO development in wider Europe:  The Impact of the financial crisis and the economic downturn on civil society organisations;  Institutional answers to financial and structural challenges facing CSO development and  EC programmes in the region focusing on CSO development, namely the programme “Capacity building of Civil Society in IPA countries”.   Besides taking advantage of this event for benchmarking progress made in each country in the region in terms of civil dialogue and sustainable development of the civil society sector, our aim is also to announce some new and important initiatives that will shape civil society environment in the region in 2010. Firstly, the experts that will be leading the EC programme “Capacity building of Civil Society in the IPA countries” will be coming to present the programme and the technical offices which they will be setting up by the end of the year. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about all aspects of a programme that will considerably affect the CSO scene in the Western Balkans by its magnitude and ambition. Secondly, the opening of the Regional CSO representation office will be officially announced to an international audience and the Head of Office will explain the mission of this office and its priorities for 2010. At first an initiative of the NFCSD, the idea of a representation office has quickly caught the interest of the CSO actors in the region who have agreed to back the office and help in setting it up. Thirdly, the ECAS’ Advocacy campaign for civil society in the Western Balkans is continuing in 2009 and 2010. The impact of the Ljubljana declaration has been significant and it is our intention to continue advocating for the establishment of sustainable tripartite civil dialogue and the development of CSOs in the region. Together with European Movement International and local partners we intend to organise a series of national events which will bring around the table representatives of CSOs, national governments and the European Commission to discuss strategies to establish a regular dialogue, transparent funding and inclusion of CSOs into policy-making in each national context. We will end this series of “national dialogues” with a closing event in Turkey at the end of 2010.

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NATO works with Somali officials

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 agosto 2009

London: Regional government and law enforcement representatives from Somalia visited the NATO flagship HMS CORNWALL yesterday off the port of Boosaaso. The delegation, headed by the Minister of Ports and Marine Transport, Mr Abdil Irazaq Gaaiyte met the NATO Task Force Commander, Commodore Steve Chick CBE Royal Navy. The meeting was the first direct engagement between the Boosaaso authorities and the NATO Task Force since its arrival in the region on 29 Jun 09. The purpose of the visit was to establish a working relationship between NATO, the Government, Bari regional authorities and local law enforcement agencies.  Following briefs by both parties much common ground and opportunity to co-operate further was identified.  One area of co-operation that can be quickly implemented is the exchange of information between the counter piracy forces ashore and those at sea.  Whilst NATO and other international forces are able to deter and disrupt pirate attacks far out at sea, real success will only be achieved if the pirates can be stopped before they depart from the beaches in the first place.  That is where the potential for frequent and rapid exchanges of information between NATO and the shore authorities will be key.  Early information about pirate movements from the coast will better enable warships to intercept them prior to them reaching their victims, often in the international shipping lanes.  Reciprocal information from NATO warships can be of great value in enabling pirates to be captured by shore authorities as they return from their attempts at piracy. During the meeting, Abdiwahid Mohamed Hersi, Director General of Fisheries, Ports and Marine Resources, explained the damage that piracy was inflicting on the country as a whole.  The spread of crime inland, the soaring coast of commodities, and the damage to traditional Somali society all have their roots in piracy.   It is as a result of these issues and the need to secure the safety of shipping in the Gulf of Aden that NATO has deployed one of its 2 Standing Maritime Groups to the region.  The original mission ‘Operation Allied Protector’ commenced in Mar 09 in support of UN Security Council Resolutions was focused on deterrence and disruption of pirate attacks. The overall aim was to safeguard navigation in the sea lanes adjacent to Somalia.  The opportunity was not missed to help protect vessels engaged with the World Food Programme, delivering vital humanitarian aid to the needy ashore.  With the increase of piracy and threat to the strategically important sea lanes NATO is now looking to the future and seeking to work with local law enforcement agencies to build up regional capacity.

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Attention foreign students and turists

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 maggio 2009

Especially during the summer cities like Florence, Rome and Venice become full of foreign tourists and students who travel without a visa. If you come from countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia, Brasil, and Argentina, you do not need a visa for short stays (less than 90 days). Many of you don’t know that your vacation can easily become a nightmare. This summer, foreign students and tourists will risk deportation and fines up to 10.000 Euros for the crime of illegal immigration, recently introduced by the Italian Government. If you do not carry your passport with you, you could be held up to 24 hours without the right to a lawyer, prosecuted and jailed.If you are a foreign tourist or student, you MUST do the following:1. If you arrive in Italy from another Schengen country and your passport is thus not stamped by Italian custom authorities, you must go to the local police headquarter (questura) and declare your presence within 8 working days (Sundays excluded) since your arrival. Without this declaration, your status becomes that of an illegal alien. As such you will be subjected to a fine up to 10.000 Euros and deportation. If a police officer or other public official asks for such documents and you don’t have it on you, you will also risk a one-year jail term and an additional fine of 2.000 Euros. Therefore, if you intend to stay in Italy more than 8 working days, you should always plan to spend at least one morning at the local police headquarter. Otherwise, it is advisable to limit your visit to no longer than 8 working days. 2. You should always carry with you your passport and the receipt of the declaration of presence. If the police or other public official (for example, ticket collector on trains and buses, ER doctor, etc.) asks for such documents and you don’t have them on you, you may be held up to 24 hours for identification without the right to legal representation. You may also be prosecuted and convicted to a one-year jail term. If you are an illegal alien because you have not declared your presence to the local police headquarter within 8 working days, your incarceration may be longer because of your illegal status, an aggravating circumstance introduced last year by the Italian Government. (from Aduc)

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