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Highlights of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 16 novembre 2020

Monday 16 November 2020, 16.45 – 18.45 – Brussels József Antall building, room 4Q2 and by videoconference. Situation of Fundamental Rights in the European Union – 2018-2019 Annual Report. Rapporteur: Clare Daly (GUE/NGL, EI). Adoption of amendments. The final vote will take place on Tuesday 17 November.Security Dialogue with the Commission: Police information exchange and in particular the future developments regarding Prüm and the API Council Directive and recent terrorist attacks and the ways to combat terrorism. Exchange of views with Ylva Johansson, Commissioner for Home Affairs, and the German Presidency of the Council. 16.50 – 18.05. The EU Security Union Strategy. Rapporteur:Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D,ES). Consideration of a motion for a resolution. 18.05 – 18.20 Use of technologies by number-independent interpersonal communications service providers for the processing of personal and other data for combatting child sexual abuse online. Rapporteur: Birgit Sippel (S&D, DE). Consideration of draft report. 18.20 – 18.45.

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Highlights Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 ottobre 2020

Brussels,Monday 26 October 2020, 16.45 – 18.45 József Antall building, room 4Q1, and by videoconference Strengthening media freedom: the protection of journalists in Europe, hate speech, disinformation and the role of platforms. Rapporteur: Magdalena Adamowicz (EPP, PL). Adoption of amendments.The impact of COVID-19 measures on democracy, fundamental rights and the rule of law. Rapporteur: Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES). Adoption of amendments. Implementation of the European Arrest Warrant and the surrender procedures between member states. Rapporteur: Javier Zarzalejos (EPP, ES). Consideration of amendments. Brussels, Tuesday 27 October 2020, 13.45 – 15.45 and 16.45 – 18.45József Antall building, room 4Q2, and by videoconference. Strengthening media freedom: the protection of journalists in Europe, hate speech, disinformation and the role of platforms. Rapporteur: Magdalena Adamowicz (EPP, PL). Adoption of draft report.The impact of COVID-19 measures on democracy, fundamental rights and the rule of law. Rapporteur: Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES). Adoption of motion for a resolution further to a question for oral answer. Public Access to Documents – Annual report for the years 2016-2018. Rapporteur: Ioan-Rareş Bogdan (EPP, RO). Consideration of draft report. 13.50 – 14.15 Impact of COVID-19 on law enforcement training needs. Exchange of views with Detlef Schröder, CEPOL Executive Director. 14.15 – 14.45 State-of-play on the negotiation and implementation of EU readmission agreements and arrangements. Presentation by Monique Pariat, Director-General of DG HOME, European Commission. 15.05 – 15.45 European Drug Report 2020: Trends and Developments. Presentation by Alexis Goosdeel, EMCDDA Director. 16.45 – 17.15 Current situation in the Kara Tepe camp and future challenges for asylum/migration management in the Greek islands. Presentations by the Commission and the German Presidency of the Council.

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Civil Liberties Committee Chair on preparations for the start of the work of the EPPO

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 10 ottobre 2020

Bruxelles. “The European Parliament, and specifically the LIBE Committee which I chair, has taken most seriously the potential of the EPPO ever since the Lisbon Treaty entered into force. We made everything for it to be a success, bearing in mind that the legal basis laid down in Article 86 of the TFEU does not foresee the European Parliament as co-legislator with the Council. It merely required the European Parliament to give consent.However, we established a legal ground for the EPPO to get started: the protection of the financial interest of the European Union by means of criminal law (the PIF Directive). We endorsed Laura Kövesi as head of the EPPO. We urged the Member States to designate the delegates so that the EPPO could be operational as soon as possible. It is however for the Member States to be held accountable for the choices they have made. I pay my respect to the academic community for caring about the EPPO and for keeping up high expectations to make the best out of its delivery.”

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“The need to actively fight racism is becoming more acute”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 23 settembre 2020

Bruxelles. On Tuesday, Members of Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the delegation for relations with the United States discussed ways to combat racism and systemic discrimination, and how to promote racial justice on both sides of the Atlantic, with Members of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, other Members of the United States Congress, European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli, as well as with invited civil society representatives and academics.Many participants underlined that, while racism and racial injustice in the US have recently been laid bare by lethal police violence on multiple occasions, Europe is certainly not immune to either xenophobia or systemic discrimination.During the meeting, both US and European speakers issued stark reminders that racial justice goes way beyond policing and criminal justice reform, and highlighted how racism is systemic and pervasive in our everyday institutions, whether it concerns access to the housing market, education, jobs and even our health systems.This is illustrated by the disproportionate impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on marginalised communities and minorities in both the EU and the US, and the anti-Asian rhetoric regarding the origin of the virus and much else.Others underlined how racism and discrimination are worldwide issues and politicians and elected representatives on both sides must stand firmly together against them.During the meeting, European Commissioner Helena Dalli also presented the new EU Action Plan on combating racism and hate, while stressing that the EU is deeply committed to fighting racism, discrimination and xenophobia, wherever it occurs, at home or beyond.

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Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 giugno 2020

Brussels Thursday 11 June 2020, 14.00 – 16.00 Room: József Antall (4Q2) and videoconference Presentations and debates
• Anti-discrimination policy in times of COVID-19, in particular on the situation of LGBTI. Exchange of views with Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli. (14.00 – 15.20)
• The impact of COVID-19 on the activities of eu-LISA. Exchange of views with eu-LISA Executive Director, Krum Garkov.(15.20 – 16.00)
The required social distancing of 1.5 m will be respected on EP premises at all times. Any parliamentary activities, like committee and plenary meetings, which are still taking place will be web-streamed and can be followed by the media without requiring their physical presence on EP premises. MEPs, Commissioners and Council representatives will be able to participate remotely.

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Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 aprile 2020

Brussels Monday 27 April 2020, 16.00 – 18.00 Room József Antall (2Q2) and via visioconference. Debate:
• The situation in Libya and on the Central Mediterranean Route. Exchange of views with representatives of the European Commission (DG NEAR and DG HOME), Frontex director-general Fabrice Leggeri, the Commissionner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe, Dunja Mijatovic, representatives of NGOs Médecins sans frontières and Sea Eye, and UNHCR (TBC). (16.05 – 17.55)
:In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Parliament is reducing the need for physical meetings on its premises, without compromising its role of democratic scrutiny nor its ability to approve the necessary legislative measures to combat the virus and support the public, consumers, businesses and emergency services. The required social distancing of 1.5 m will be respected on EP premises at all times. Any parliamentary activities, like committee and plenary meetings, which are still taking place will be web-streamed and can be followed by the media without requiring their physical presence on EP premises. MEPs, Commissioners and Council representatives will be able to participate remotely.

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Civil Liberties MEPs to visit Frontex headquarters

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 febbraio 2020

A Civil Liberties delegation of three MEPs will be in Warsaw, Poland, to visit Frontex, from 24 to 25 February to discuss its activities and the ongoing upgrading of the agency.The delegation, led by Bettina Vollath (S&D, AT), will have the opportunity to look into the activities of Frontex and discuss the challenges the agency is facing in implementing the new regulation on the European Border and Coast Guard, including the establishment of the Standing Corps.The delegation will have the possibility to exchange of views with, among several others, the executive director, the deputy director and the heads of the operational response, situational awareness and capacity building divisions of the agency.Members of the delegation:
Bettina VOLLATH (S&D, AT), Head of the delegation, Assita KANKO (ECR, BE), Yana TOOM (Renew, ET)

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Rule of law: MEPs met with Council Presidency before Hungary hearing

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 dicembre 2019

Civil Liberties Committee representatives took stock of latest developments and condemned the Council’s failure to ensure Parliament’s formal participation in the process.Key elements from Parliament’s reasoned proposal of 2018 and recent developments on democracy, rule of law and European values in Hungary were discussed during an informal meeting between Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) and Council representatives early on 10 December, in preparation of the General Affairs Council of the same day. Parliament was represented by Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield (Greens, FR), rapporteur for the EP proposal to determine whether Hungary is at risk of breaching EU values, and Sophie in’t Veld (Renew, NL), Chair of the Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental rights Monitoring Group (DRFMG). The two MEPs praised the efforts of the Finnish Presidency in relation to rule of law issues and welcomed the initiative to meet. However, they reiterated that Parliament, having exercised its right of initiative under Article 7 of the Treaty of the European Union, has the right to be heard in a formal meeting of the Council, and its prerogatives as provided by the Treaties should be respected.

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Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 novembre 2019

Thursday 21 November 2019, 9.00 – 12.30 and 14.00 – 17.30 Room: József Antall (2Q2) Presentations and debates:
• The situation of migrants in Libya. Presentations by the European External Action Service, the European Commission, UNHCR, IOM, Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Joint debate with the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) and the Delegation for relations with Maghreb countries (DMAG). 9.00 – 11.30.
• EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia mandate extension until 31 March 2020. Exchange of views with the European External Action Service (EEAS). 11.30 – 12.30.
• Two delegated acts amending the Internal Security Fund and the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Presentation by the Commission. 14.00 – 14.45.
• Report on the 5th European Migration Forum. Presentation by Members of the Bureau of the European Migration Forum. 14.45 – 15.45.
• Communication on data protection rules as a trust-enabler in the EU and beyond. Presentation by the Commission. 15.45 – 16.30
• Rule of law in Hungary: Presentation by the Finnish Presidency on the follow up in the Council to the Parliament’s proposal pursuant to Article 7(1) TEU to determine whether there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the EU´s common values. 16.30 – 17.30

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Members of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 luglio 2019

Plenary approved on Wednesday the numerical composition of all parliamentary committees and subcommittees. The Civil Liberties Committee will have 68 full members, up from 60 in the last term. LIBE will hold its constitutive meeting on Wednesday 10 of July (tbc). MEPs will then elect the Committee’s bureau, formed by the Chair and Vice-Chairs. The first ordinary meeting is tentatively scheduled on 24-25 July.

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Civil Liberties MEPs back rules improving data exchange between EU information systems

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 febbraio 2019

The new rules aim to improve data exchange between EU information systems used in security, border and migration management. They will facilitate the tasks of border guards, migration officers, police officers and judicial authorities by providing them with more systematic and faster access to various EU security and border-control information systems.Civil Liberties MEPs backed the deal regarding borders and visa information systems by 43 in favour, 11 against, no abstentions and the agreement on police and judicial cooperation, asylum and migration information systems by 44 in favour, 10 against, no abstentions.
The agreed texts now needs to be formally approved by the Parliament as a whole and the Council of the EU before entering into force.

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Exchange and training programme against euro-counterfeiting to be extended

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 febbraio 2019

Civil Liberties MEPs backed the extending of the Pericles programme, an exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting, for 2021-2027.
The aim of the continued Pericles programme will be to prevent and combat counterfeiting and related fraud and to preserve the integrity of the euro. This will also strengthen the trust of citizens and businesses in the genuineness of euro banknotes and coins and therefore enhances the trust in the EU economy.Like the current Pericles 2020 programme, the Pericles IV programme would fund staff exchanges, seminars, trainings and studies for law enforcement and judicial authorities, banks and others involved in combating euro-counterfeiting. The main actions supported by the programme are:
exchange and dissemination of information,
technical, scientific and operational assistance
equipment for specialised anti-counterfeiting authorities of third countries for protecting the euro against counterfeiting
Civil Liberties MEPs also highlight that co-operation between the Commission and the European Central Bank under the new Pericles IV Programme should be strengthened and that Member States’ competent national authorities should be more involved in the setting up of annual work programmes.This proposal is part of the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework. The financial envelope for the implementation of the programme for the period 2021 to 2027 would be 7 700 000 euros in current prices.

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Deal on faster exchange of non-EU nationals’ criminal records backed by Civil Liberties MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 26 gennaio 2019

Civil Liberties MEPs approved on Wednesday the deal reached with Council on an EU database enabling EU countries to exchange non-EU citizens’ criminal records faster.Currently, national authorities often rely solely on data on non-EU nationals’ convictions available from their own national criminal record systems. The new centralised database on third country nationals (ECRIS-TCN) will improve the exchange of information on non-EU nationals’ criminal records throughout the EU and contribute to the EU-wide fight against cross-border crime and terrorism.The database will complement the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS), which EU countries already use to exchange information on EU citizens’ previous convictions. Civil Liberties MEPs backed the deal on ECRIS-TCN in a vote on the respective regulation and directive. The informal agreement on the regulation was approved by 34 in favour, 11 against, 9 abstentions and the agreement on the directive by 37 in favour, 8 against, 9 abstentions. The agreed text now needs to be formally approved by the Parliament as a whole and the Council of the EU before entering into force.

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Committee on Civil Liberties,Justice and Home Affairs

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 7 gennaio 2019

Brussels, Monday, 7 January 2018 József Antall (4Q2)15.30 – 18.00 Presentations and debates
· Instrument for financial support for border management and visa. Consideration of amendments. Rapporteur: Tanja Fajon (S&D, SI). 15.30 – 15.45
· Combating and counterfeiting of non-cash means of payment. Presentation of the state of play of trilogue negotiations. Rapporteur: Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann (S&D, DE). 16.00 – 16.15
· Implications of the US CLOUD Act for protection of data in EU information systems. Exchange of views with the European Commission. 16.15 – 16.30
· Pericles IV programme: Establishing an exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting for the period 2021-2017. Consideration of draft report. Rapporteur: Denis de Jong (GUE/NGL, NL). 16.30 – 16.45
· The cost of non-Europe in asylum policy. Presentation of a study by Dr. Wouter van Ballegooij (EP Policy Department), Dr. Cecilia Navarra (EP Research Service) and Dr. Meena Fernandes (Milieu ltd). 16.45 – 17.15
· Progress under the European Agenda on Migration. Presentation by the Commission of its latest communication. 17.15 – 17.45
· Creation of a European network of immigration liaison officers (recast). Consideration of amendments. Rapporteur: Cécile Kashetu Kyenge (S&D, IT). 17.45 – 18.00
Iina LIETZÉN / Estefanía NARRILLOS

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Better ID card security to curb document fraud

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 dicembre 2018

Civil Liberties Committee MEPs agreed on common security features for EU identity documents to reduce identity fraud.Ensuring that identity documents are tamper- and fraud-proof is a key element in the fight against terrorism and organised crime. Currently the security features in ID cards, as well as residence documents issued to EU nationals and/or their family members, vary significantly across EU countries. This increases the risk of documents being falsified and of identity fraud, which are increasingly big problems in the EU.Civil Liberties Committee MEPs propose tackling this issue by:
Setting common minimum security features across the EU for ID cards set out by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO); additionally, the cards should be blue and contain the EU flag;
Making a facial image stored on a chip in the card mandatory for citizens’ ID cards; in addition, member states could include two fingerprints on the chip; strong safeguards would apply to the collection and use of this data;
Phasing out previous formats of ID cards within eight years; cards that are not machine-readable and thus less secure would be phased out within five years.
Only member states already issuing ID cards to their nationals would be affected by the new rules. The measures would not make it compulsory to own an ID card or oblige member states to introduce ID cards. The changes follow a similar approach to that taken already by the EU for the security features of passports.Rapporteur Gérard Deprez (ALDE, BE) said: “The purpose of this proposal is not only to fight against document fraud but also, and above all, to facilitate the exercise of the right to move freely within the EU by making ID documents in the EU more reliable and more widely accepted. In addition to their national identity, citizens have what could be called a “European citizenship” that gives them protection and rights. That is why I proposed in my report to make all ID cards blue and to include the EU flag on cards.”
The draft report was approved by 32 to 7, with 3 abstentions. The committee also approved a mandate to start informal talks with the Council, which can start as soon as Parliament as a whole gives its green light.

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Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data breach: vote in the Civil Liberties Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 ottobre 2018

Civil Liberties MEPs will adopt tomorrow a set of recommendations to prevent a repetition of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal.
The Committee is set to vote a draft resolution prepared by Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) winding up hearings with Facebook representatives, journalists and experts, organised by the EP in order to better understand what went wrong with Cambridge Analytica and how to avoid that something similar happens again.Ahead of the vote, Claude Moraes said: “This resolution will establish the European Parliament’s response to the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica data breach.
This issue has not only jeopardized citizen’s personal data, but it may have also had an impact on electoral outcomes and on the trust citizens place in digital platforms.More needs to be done and tomorrow we will set out a path to restore trust and confidence in our democratic systems.”The draft resolution by Mr. Moraes acknowledges that improvements have been made since the scandal but calls for further action:
· competition rules to be updated to reflect the digital reality;
· an audit into the activities of the advertising industry on social media; and
· for data protection authorities to carry out a thorough investigation into Facebook to ensure that data protection rights are upheld.

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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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New counter-terrorism measures: EP reactions

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 ottobre 2017

european parliamentNathalie Griesbeck (ALDE, FR) who is chairing the European Parliament special Committee on counter-Terrorism (TERR), said: “Citizens expect answers and actions on our internal security. We got a clear proof from the latest Eurobarometer poll results published yesterday which show that terrorism is the first challenge to be urgently tackled (58%)”.“We therefore need to be responsible and this new package, which adds to the many measures already adopted and undertaken by the EU, is to be welcomed. Terrorists do not stop at borders, our policies must not stop there either”, Griesbeck concluded.
Civil liberties, Justice and Home affairs Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) said: “We need to significantly reinforce our security throughout the EU while ensuring that all measures taken are in full respect of fundamental rights and the right to data protection. Today’s counter-terrorism package responds to our calls for further concrete measures following recent terrorist attacks. The new actions come at a critical time and will help Member States prevent attacks on crowded areas that we have seen in Barcelona, London, Manchester and Stockholm by protecting public spaces”. “This package will also introduce measures to deprive terrorists of the means to carry out these attacks by making it harder to obtain the materials for home-made explosives, providing technical support for law enforcement and judicial authorities in criminal investigations, and new measures to tackle terrorist financing”, Moraes added.

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Privacy Shield: “Deficiencies still remain and must be urgently resolved”, says Civil Liberties Chair in Washington

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 24 luglio 2017

washingtonWashington. A delegation from the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee this week visited Washington for the first time under the new US administration to take stock of developments in the field of data protection, counter-terrorism and immigration.The upcoming Privacy Shield review was high on the agenda and both the US administration and the members reiterated their continued commitment to make the agreement work.
However, Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) also stressed that “Deficiencies still remain which need to be urgently resolved to ensure that the Privacy Shield doesn’t suffer from critical weaknesses”.“As already emphasized by the European Parliament in April, several key positions still need to be filled under the new US administration in order to meet the conditions of the adequacy decision. These would include some of the necessary functions of the Federal Trade Commission, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board that is currently lacking four of its five commissioners and the Ombudsperson, who is currently only in an acting capacity”, Mr. Moraes says.MEPs also drew attention to open questions on the commercial aspects of the Privacy Shield as well as the ongoing review of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Presidential Policy Directive 28 and law enforcement issues, which are essential components of the US commitments.“These deficiencies must be addressed immediately to ensure that the Privacy Shield complies with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the new EU data protection rules entering into force in May next year. Only this way can it be ensured that the Privacy Shield will stand the test of time and serve its purpose which is so urgently needed”, ends Moraes.On countering terrorism, the Committee visited, for the first time, the National Counterterrorism Centre and had constructive discussions on its unique role in counter-terrorism analysis. The Committee also held discussions with the US Department of State, White House officials and the Treasury on different aspects of counter-terrorism, its financing and terrorist threats.The delegation also discussed immigration issues and visa waiver policies. On visa reciprocity, the Committee strongly reminded the US counterparts of its unified stance on ensuring equal treatment for all Member States nationals under the Visa Waiver Programme.
The eight MEP strong delegation led by Civil Liberties Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) visited Washington DC from 17 – 21 July. The objective of the visit was to obtain up-to-date information on the state of play in the US on major topics which fall within the remit of the LIBE Committee such as the protection of personal data ((EU-US Privacy Shield and its implementation by the US, digital privacy and electronic communications, law enforcement), cybercrime, counterterrorism, radicalisation, immigration (ESTA Programme) and protection of victims.During their visit, MEPs met with US authorities (e.g. Departments of State, Justice, Treasury, Homeland Security, Commerce, Federal Trade Commission) Congress representatives, stakeholders, academics and representatives of civil society.

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Citizens’ rights must come first in Brexit talks, says Civil Liberties Chair

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 maggio 2017

Bruxelles“The European Parliament will fulfil its role in ensuring knowledge and transparency on the rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU”, Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes says ahead of today’s hearing on the “The situation and rights of EU citizens in the UK”. The public hearing will analyse the situation of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom and British citizens residing in the EU-27. These citizens – about four million in total – are a key factor in the Brexit negotiations, the outcome of which will have a direct impact on their daily lives.Civil Liberties Committee Chair, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) says: “There is compelling and building evidence since the Brexit vote, that many EU citizens in the UK are experiencing great uncertainty about their position. We can detect this from some 28% of EU citizens who have applied for UK citizenship since the referendum, who have had their applications rejected or declared invalid. But this is only one example in a complex patchwork which we today want to unpick.“It is crucial to create clarity for the many families and individuals who unwillingly have found themselves in a very precarious and highly insecure situation for almost a year now.Today’s hearing serves as a clear indication that the European Parliament stands ready to fulfil its role in the negotiations by working hard with our constituents, our home governments and the EU institutions to ensure the voices of concerned citizens are being heard. Human beings come first, we are not commodities and what happens on citizens’ rights sets the tone for the entire negotiation and relationship for a generation to come so we must get it right”.
Everyone is aware that the European Parliament will play a key role in the negotiations. The hearing is an important opportunity for the Parliament to gather our own evidence on this important issue. It will help inform the work that we do here, the work of the Parliament Brexit negotiation team and hopefully bring our work in this area to a wider audience”, ends Mr Moraes.

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