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Deal on new rules against non-cash payment fraud approved by Civil Liberties MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 gennaio 2019

New EU rules to protect EU citizens against non-cash payment fraud, informally agreed by Parliament and Council in December, were confirmed by Civil Liberties MEPs.Non-cash payments, representing an increasing share of payments, are subject to various forms of fraud including credit card theft, skimming or phishing. The agreed changes aim to close the current gaps and differences among EU countries’ laws to enhance prevention, detection and punishment of these crimes.The new rules take into account traditional non-cash payments such as bank cards or cheques but also new means of non-cash payment, such as electronic wallets, mobile payments and virtual currencies.Read more about the informal agreement reached on 11 December 2018 here.Civil Liberties MEPs backed the deal in a vote by 45 in favour, 1 against, no 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. The Full House is likely to vote on the agreed text in February.

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Civil Liberties Chair calls for urgent clarity on the new Safe Harbour agreement

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 febbraio 2016

Theeuropean parliament will insist on the binding and written assurances suggested by the US for the new EU-US data transfer deal, Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes stresses after the Commission’s announcement on Tuesday. The Chair expresses his “key concerns about an announcement which is not underpinned by any actual text”.The Commission on Tuesday afternoon announced that they have reached a new EU-US agreement for a “Privacy Shield” to replace Safe Harbour.Speaking on the Commission’s proposal, the Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee in the European Parliament, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), said:”The new framework announced by Commissioner Jourová has no written text and my first concern is that it has too much in common with the previous Safe Harbour decision. The announcement does not indicate any measures which are legally binding on either party, but relies on “declaration” by the US authorities on their interpretation of the legal situation regarding surveillance by the US intelligence services. Another key concern is that the creation of an Ombudsman which could be a positive step forward in assessing the complaints of citizens does not seem to be underpinned in the current statement by sufficient legal powers. We await further developments on this proposal.It is imperative that on such an important agreement, which sees the transfer of mass EU and US business and citizens’ data with such high privacy and economic implications, that the newly named agreement “Privacy Shield” is quickly developed and the concerns expressed are quickly answered. Without a stronger legal backing, the proposals announced today could again be challenged by the European Court of Justice. Members of the European Parliament will insist that we have a strong agreement that would survive such a challenge.I am also concerned that there is no actual change in US law. Rather the agreement is based on an exchange of letters by an administration which is coming to its end. This is a shaky situation which needs to be addressed to give us confidence that “Privacy Shield” is something more substantial than is suggested in the initial announcement.”

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CIA detentions: Civil Liberties MEPs reiterate their call for Romania to investigate allegations of secret prison

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 settembre 2015

bucarest3A delegation from the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee visited Bucharest on 24-25 September to look into allegations that the CIA had been illegally detaining people in Romania. The mission was a follow-up of the resolution adopted by Parliament in February on the US Senate report on the use of torture by the CIA. MEPs will continue their work on illegal detention and torture of prisoners by CIA on the European soil. The Civil Liberties Committee delegation to Romania was headed by Tanja Fajon (S&D, SL). Other members participating were Eva Joly (Greens/EFA, FR), Laura Ferrara (EFDD, IT) and Jeroen Lenaers (EPP, NL). Ramona Mănescu (EPP, RO), member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, was an accompanying member. The delegation met with representatives of civil society and investigative journalists and with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prosecutor General and several members of the Romanian Parliament.Tanja Fajon (S&D, SL), the head of the Civil Liberties Committee delegation to Romania, said:”The report by the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from last December revealed new facts that reinforce allegations that a number of EU member states, including Romania, were involved in the CIA secret detention and extraordinary renditions programme and had secret prisons in their territory.We reiterated our call on Romania to investigate the allegations that there was a secret prison where people were held under the CIA programme and to prosecute those involved in these operations, taking into account all the new evidence that has come to light, and to conclude the investigation as a matter of urgency”.
Eva Joly (Greens/ EFA, FR) said:”The respect for fundamental rights and the rule of law is an essential element in successful counter terrorism policies. Those policies, despite their particular nature, are not exempt from the principle of accountability and there can be no impunity for violations of international law and human rights.It is time now that those member states that were allegedly cooperating in CIA rendition and secret CIA detention programmes promptly initiate an effective investigation”.
Laura Ferrara (EFDD, IT) said:”If serious human rights violations have taken place on European territory it is our obligation to reveal the truth. We are aware of the efforts made until today and we encourage Romania to continue with the research work and the investigations as there are questions that have not been answered yet.The gravity of the allegations about secret sites on Romanian soil deserve every possible effort to seek clarification. The members of the delegation express their disappointment for not having been able to visit a building repeatedly reported as having been used as a detention site. The Civil Liberties Committee will continue its work on illegal detention and torture of prisoners by CIA on the European soil”.

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Civil Liberties MEPs to debate Spanish Security Law

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 luglio 2015

european commissionThe Civil Liberties Committee will debate concerns over the new Spanish Security Law with the European Commission.  Questions on the law’s compatibility with fundamental rights, in particular its possible impact on data protection, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly or the presumption of innocence, have been raised by several organisations and are likely to be addressed during the debate.The Spanish Citizens’ Security law was passed on 26 March 2015, together with the reforms of the Criminal Code. It entered into force on 1 July 2015.

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The Civil Liberties Committee will hold an extraordinary meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 marzo 2015

strasbourgStrasbourg Monday 9 March, 19.00 – 19.45 in Room: Salvador de Madariaga (SDM) 1. European Public Prosecutor’s Office – vote on a draft interim report by Monica Macovei (EPP, RO)The proposed European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) would have the exclusive competence for investigating, prosecuting and bringing to judgment crimes against the EU budget. Every year, around €500 million in EU expenditure and revenue is lost due to suspected fraud.The European Commission tabled the proposal to create a EPPO in July 2013. The Council will have to approve it by unanimity after obtaining the European Parliament’s consent. This new interim report aims to outline the political priorities of the European Parliament and underline principles and conditions under which Parliament might consent to the proposal. In its EPPO resolution of 12 March 2014, Parliament made a number of political suggestions addressing some of the most crucial aspects at stake: structure, independence, decision making process, competence, investigation tools, admissibility of evidence, judicial review and legal protection.

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The Civil Liberties Committee will hold a meeting on

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 febbraio 2015

BruxellesBruxelles Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 February Room: József Antall (JAN) 6Q2 This meeting will bring together national and European parliamentarians to discuss the smart borders proposals: an Entry/Exit System (EES) and a Registered Traveller Programme (RTP). Proposed by the Commission in 2013, the smart borders package aims to improve the management of the external borders of the Schengen member states, fight against irregular immigration and provide information on over-stayers, as well as facilitate border crossings for pre-vetted frequent third country national travellers. The input of national parliaments is sought not only in general terms but also against the background of very diverging national situations (as regards their geographical location, the types of borders, the travel flows etc.) and experiences (as regards, for example, the use of national entry/exit systems or types of registered traveller programmes). The meeting will provide input for the committee rapporteurs, Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES) and Tanja Fajon (S&D, SL), while awaiting revised proposals announced for late 2015/early 2016 by the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos.
– EU agency for law enforcement training (Cepol) – vote on a draft report by Kinga Gál (EPP, HU) (Tuesday, 15.00 – 15.20)
– Electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens: follow-up to the EP resolution of 12 March 2014 on the US NSA surveillance programme, surveillance bodies in various member states and their impact on EU citizens’ fundamental rights and on transatlantic cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs – consideration of a working document by Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) (Tuesday, 17.45 – 18.30)
– Annual report by the French Council of State (Conseil d’Etat) on digital technology and fundamental rights – presentation by Jacky Richard, Vice-President and general rapporteur of the Research & Studies Department, and Laurent Cytermann, deputy general rapporteur, master of petitions, Council of State (Conseil d’Etat), France (Tuesday, 17.00 – 17.45)
The Civil Liberties Committee will also meet on Thursday 26 February (agenda to follow)

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At the start of today’s Civil Liberties Committee meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 gennaio 2015

Paris-antenne-vue-eiffel-tourIn the last Civil Liberties Committee meeting, I already said a few words about the recent attacks in Paris. The immediate attention was of course on catching the terrorists, giving condolences to the victims’ families and supporting the freedom of speech. However, in the days that followed, the debate has been broadened towards our actions to fight terrorism and radicalisation.
In an emergency meeting of Home Affairs Ministers in Paris on 11 January, a series of issues were raised, among which, preserving and defending the rule of law and the foundations of democracy; implementing UN resolutions 1377 and 2178; fighting radicalisation, in particular on Internet; reducing the supply of illegal firearms throughout Europe; better sharing of intelligence information; detecting and screening travel movements by European nationals crossing the EU’s external borders, including with a possible amendment to the Schengen Borders Code; adopting a constructive approach with the EP on EU PNR, including intra-EU PNR; ensuring consistency between internal and external actions, including within the Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF); fostering cooperation with the United States and Canada; addressing these matters in the informal Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council in Riga, on 29 January.
Obviously all these points are of key interest to our committee and we are directly involved in related legislative work.
In the recent days, we have heard several EU leaders asking for additional measures to be taken or new legislation to be adopted. However, we should take great care not to rush too quickly into setting up new instruments or adopting new legislation. We need a “counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation roadmap” to analyse the problems and gaps and to come up with a comprehensive package of measures at all levels (local, national, EU and international), aiming at all the factors involved (prevention, protection, detection, repression).
Both the Council and the Commission are working towards this roadmap, with a meeting of the European Council scheduled on 12 February.
Let me set out for you now quickly how our roadmap in the Civil Liberties Committee – in terms of upcoming meetings and activities – would look like in this field:
– Last Monday 19 January: Foreign Affairs Council discussed the external dimension of the fight against terrorism;
– The Council Group on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security (COSI) met yesterday 20 January;
– Today: Ministers Kozlovskis and Rasnačs (Latvian Presidency) as well as Commissioners Jourová and Timmermans will speak before the Civil Liberties Committee;
– The College of Commissioners will be meeting this morning and discuss anti-terrorism measures;
– Next 27 January: I have invited Commissioner Avramopoulos, the EU Anti-Terrorism Coordinator and representatives of the Raising Awareness Network (RAN) to brief the committee on deradicalisation;
– 28 January: Plenary discussion on counter-terrorism;
– 29 January: Informal JHA Council in Riga will discuss anti-terrorism (which I will attend, as well as two rapporteurs from the committee);
– early February: the French Interior Minister Cazeneuve may meet the Civil Liberties Committee Coordinators;
– February: Eurojust may present in the Civil Liberties Committee a report on criminal justice response on counter-terrorism/foreign fighters;
– 12 February: European Council devoted to counter-terrorism (President Schulz to attend);
– 18 February: International Summit on countering violent extremism hosted by President Obama;
– February-May: Civil Liberties Committee to draft a strategic own-initiative report on radicalisation and foreign fighters and another one on prisons;
– March: Civil Liberties Committee to hold a hearing on the fight against terrorism;
– 12-13 March: JHA Council;
– June: joint hearing by the Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) and the Security and Defence Subcommittee (SEDE) on Solidarity Clause (Art 222 TFEU, which includes obligations on the Union to prevent terrorist threat and on the European Council to regularly assess threats facing the Union).
As to PNR: on 4 February the rapporteur and the shadows will hold a meeting with national experts on the issue. After that the rapporteur will come back with a possible timeline.

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The Civil Liberties Committee will hold a meeting on

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 gennaio 2015

Emily O’ReillyBruxelles Thursday 8 January, from 9.00 to 12.30 Room: Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 1A002 – Ombudsman’s Inquiry on access to documents regarding the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP) – The Civil Liberties Committee will hold an exchange of views regarding the letter of the European Ombudsman on access to the second inspection report of Europol Joint Supervisory Body (JSB) on the TFTP. The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, as well as representatives from Europol, the JSB and the European Commission will take part in this discussion with the members of the committee on Thursday, from 9.50 to 11.00.- Annulment of the data retention directive – The EP Legal Service will present to the Civil Liberties Committee its opinion on the data retention directive 2006/24/EC following the judgment of the EU Court of Justice of 8 April in cases C-293/12 and C-594/12. The presentation and exchange of views will take place on Thursday, from 11.00 to 12.30.The full agenda and meeting documents are available here

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Migration: MEPs quiz Commission and Council on plans to prevent further deaths in the Mediterranean

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 6 novembre 2014

african_migrants.jpg.crop_displayThe Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee approved today oral questions addressed to the European Commission and to the Council on the situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration. MEPs want to know what are their plans to step up solidarity and a fair sharing of responsibility among member states, to ensure that search and rescue obligations are effectively fulfilled and to improve cooperation with third countries, among other issues.The oral questions to the Commission and Council are to be addressed in the plenary of 24 to 27 November, with a debate. A resolution is then expected to be voted in December’s plenary session.
Oral question on the situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration
In October 2013 the EP adopted its resolution on migratory flows in the Mediterranean. Shortly after Council set up a “Task Force Mediterranean” followed by several Commission Communications. In October 2014, the JHA Council adopted conclusions on “Taking action to better manage migratory flows”.
Could Council and Commission:
1) explain how to step up solidarity and a fair sharing of responsibility (in compliance with Article 80 TFEU) on the one hand towards Mediterranean Member States – initial destination of the refugees and migrants – but also on the other towards Member States of final destination which receive the highest numbers of refugees and asylum-seekers;
2) explain how to ensure that search and rescue obligations are effectively fulfilled, while tackling the criminal behaviour of smugglers and traffickers; and provide information on the practices by smugglers and traffickers in particular in relation to the causes of migrant deaths;
3) indicate whether they consider it necessary to broaden the activities of Frontex and confirm how long Triton is expected to last and how it will be funded in the medium and long term;
4) explain how they intend to develop safe and legal routes for asylum seekers and refugees into the EU;
5) explain how they strengthen the common resettlement policy and encourage higher and fairer participation by Member States;
6) explain how they will improve the overall strategy on cooperation with third countries, in particular on regional protection, resettlement, returns and to address the root causes of migration; what form will that strategy take in conflict zones, such as Libya and Syria?
7) explain how they intend to develop a comprehensive approach to migration, including adequate legal migration channels, as announced by President Juncker in his opening statement in EP;
8) provide a detailed analysis on how Home Affairs funds are spent in this context, including emergency funds, in particular for actions in the field of migration and asylum, border control, fighting smuggling and trafficking, and return, as well as funds relating to EU foreign and development policy;
9) explain how they will ensure an effective implementation of the CEAS and guarantee effective common standards for reception, procedures and qualification throughout the EU, protecting the most vulnerable and encouraging the social inclusion of refugees; whether the Commission is willing to launch infringement procedures if needed and whether it would revise the legislation if monitoring showed it is necessary.

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Operation Triton

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 novembre 2014

operatiion tritonCivil Liberties Committee Chair will push for inquiry into policies and resources utilised by member states in the Mediterranean. On the eve of the launch of Triton joint operation in the Mediterranean, the Chair of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), announced that he will be pushing for an inquiry into the policies and resources being utilised by member states in the region. “We have a moral duty to save those in distress at sea”, he stressed.
The Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Claude Moraes, said:”Tomorrow Triton, which is intended to replace Mare Mostrum, will begin. It will have a third of the resources of Mare Nostrum and operate only up to 30 miles off the Southern Italian coast.Triton will not be able to replicate the good work of Mare Nostrum, through which up to 150,000 people have been saved from drowning at sea. Thousands of lives are lost each year when migrants, with not better choice, risk their lives to cross the Mediterranean.We have a moral duty to save those in distress at sea. It is a matter of observing the basic norms of maritime law. Human traffickers will not lose business because we do not assist boats in distress. People take the risk of the perilous journey because there is still hope that they will survive the crossing and it is still the best option they have.As Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee responsible for monitoring Frontex and the other agencies specifically tasked with border management in the Mediterranean, I will be pushing for an inquiry into the policies and resources being utilised by member states in the region”.
Triton is a Frontex coordinated joint operation that will start its activity as from 1 November 2014 in the Central Mediterranean to support Italy. With 21 member states and Schengen associated countries participating, it is the biggest maritime operation Frontex has ever coordinated. Commission’s Q&A on Triton. Studies show that up to 22,000 lives have been lost in the Mediterranean over the past 26 years.

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Citizenship: Civil Liberties Committee Chair welcomes reshuffle to new Commissioner

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 ottobre 2014

european parliamentReplying to widespread concerns in the European Parliament, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, presenting his team to MEPs on Wednesday morning, announced that Dimitris Avramopoulos would take over the responsibility for “citizenship” from Tibor Navrasics. This means that citizenship will be grouped with Migration and Home Affairs.The Chair of the European Parliament Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), welcomed the change of Commissioner:”I am confident that Commissioner-designate Dimitris Avramopoulos is extremely competent to manage the additional policy area of citizenship in his portfolio of Migration and Home Affairs, especially after his impressive hearing in the European Parliament”, Mr Moraes said.”However, our committee shares some concerns regarding the decision not to place citizenship in the portfolio of the Vice-President Frans Timmermans. It would have been more beneficial to have placed citizenship in the portfolio of Mr Timmermans as bridging citizenship and fundamental rights is a more sensible link which would help to strengthen policies to protect the rights of European citizens”.”Citizenship is a key area of our committee as it covers a number of areas in the area of discrimination which is in the remit of the LIBE committee. Given that there will be no more official hearings in the European Parliament; we should insist that Mr Avramopoulos comes to talk to the LIBE committee as soon as possible to discuss this new portfolio”, concluded Mr Moraes.

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The Civil Liberties Committee will hold a meeting on

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 21 luglio 2014

BruxellesBruxelles Tuesday 22 July and Wednesday 23 July Room: József Antall (JAN) 2Q2 – Priorities of the Italian Council Presidency in the area of Justice and Home Affairs – presentation by the Minister for the Interior, Mr Angelino Alfano, and the Minister for Justice, Mr Andrea Orlando (Tuesday, 10.30 – 12.30) – State of play on the data protection reform: protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data, and the free movement of such data (general data protection regulation) and protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by competent authorities for the purposes of prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties, and the free movement of such data (directive) – presentation of the state of play and exchange of views (Tuesday, 16.45 – 17.30) – UK Opt Out – Protocol 36 of the Treaty of Lisbon – Preparatory work in view of the end of the transition period on 1st December 2014 – exchange of views with Commission and Council representatives (possibly, Tuesday 16.00 – 16.45)

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The Civil Liberties Committee will hold a meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 7 gennaio 2014

parlamento europeoBruxelles Thursday 9 January from 9.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 15.30Room: József Antall (JAN) 2Q2
– Asylum and Migration Fund and Internal Security Fund – General provisions – vote on draft report by Lorenzo Fontana (EFD, IT)
– Internal Security Fund – External borders and visas – vote on draft report by Marian-Jean Marinescu (EPP, RO)
– Internal Security Fund – Police cooperation, preventing and combating crime and crisis management – vote on draft report by Salvatore Iacolino (EPP, IT)
– Asylum and Migration Fund – vote on draft report by Sylvie Guillaume (S&D, FR)Debates
– The US NSA surveillance programme, surveillance bodies in various Member States and impact on EU citizens’ fundamental rights and on transatlantic cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs – consideration of draft report by Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) (possibly, 14.00 – 15.00)
– Money laundering – joint debate with the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee – Prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing & Information accompanying transfers of funds – consideration of amendments to the draft reports by Krišjānis Kariņš (EPP, LV) and Judith Sargentini (Greens/EFA, NL) and by Mojca Kleva Kekuš (S&D, SL) and Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK) (11.00 – 12.30, room JAN 4Q1)

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Civil Liberties Committee makes it easier to confiscate crooks’ assets EU wide

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 maggio 2013

Draft rules to make it easier for national authorities to freeze and confiscate criminals’ assets across the EU were beefed up by the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday. However, MEPs also sought to safeguard the right to a fair trial. They also called upon member states to use confiscated assets to fight crime and for social projects. The draft law, which must still be negotiated with national governments, is part of a broader EU strategy to fight fraud and corruption.”‘Follow the money across the border’ should be the driving priority if we want to trace funding for organised crime and terrorism effectively and efficiently. Confiscating criminals’ assets, even where a criminal conviction is not possible, is clearly necessary to recover the proceeds of crime”, said lead MEP Monica Luisa Macovei (EPP, RO).Today, less than 1% of the proceeds of crimes such as drug trafficking, counterfeiting, human trafficking and small arms smuggling are frozen and confiscated. Most of this “dirty money” is laundered and channelled into the licit economy, often in several member states.The new rules would enable national authorities quickly to identify and trace such assets – such as cash held in bank accounts, real estate, vehicles, livestock, artworks, company shares, businesses, and collector’s items – and to freeze, manage and confiscate them consistently across the EU.

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Improving internal security while respecting fundamental rights, says the Civil Liberties Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 aprile 2012

Fundamental rights must be respected while guaranteeing Europe’s internal security, says the Civil Liberties Committee in a resolution adopted on Thursday. The EU should also ensure sufficient financial resources in the 2014-2020 financial framework to implement its own internal security strategy, stresses the adopted text.
In a separate resolution on the EU approach on criminal law adopted also on Thursday, MEPs underline that further legislation in this field “must fully respect the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality”.
“More internal security for the EU while respecting fundamental rights. With this vote we set up the basis for the creation of a more efficient internal security strategy for the EU, acknowledging European Parliament’s central role as foreseen in the Lisbon Treaty”, explained rapporteur Rita Borsellino (S&D, IT) following the Civil Liberties Committee vote.The resolution is based on a Commission communication of November 2010 which introduces guidelines for a common EU Internal Security Strategy (ISS). The EC document defines five priorities: disrupting international crime networks, preventing terrorism and addressing radicalisation, raising security in cyberspace, strengthening security through border management and improving Europe’s response to crisis and disasters.
All measures taken to implement the ISS should be “in compliance with the Union’s fundamental rights and obligations”, underlines the Civil Liberties Committee. According to the resolution, cooperation with international organizations such as NATO or the OSCE is also essential.In the same line, MEPs stress the importance of ensuring the respect for fundamentals rights in the fight against terrorism to be “a credible actor” in promoting human rights both inside and outside the EU.
The fight against terrorism and organised crime, including mafias, must remain key priorities, with special emphasis on the freezing of funds of suspects of terrorism, say MEPs, urging all Member States to introduce specific legislation guaranteeing adequate protection, support and recognition of victims.Furthermore, the EU must focus on targeted law enforcement and intelligence-driven activities to prevent terrorist attacks. Member States should also develop prevention mechanisms to ensure the early detection of violent radicalisation and threats.
The resolution states that border management is not only a security issue but a key feature in a wider political strategy involving development, asylum and migration policies. In this context, the EU should cooperate closely with its neighbours to facilitate free movement, enhanced solidarity and security at its external borders.Member States are called upon to come up with policies supporting the economic, social and democratic development and promoting human rights in third countries. Also, security must be pursued respecting the achievements of the EU, in particular the right to free movement through internal borders.Cybercrime, corruption and intellectual property rightsMEPs welcome the EC decision to include the fight against cybercrime as one of the ISS priorities and point out that prevention must be in the spotlight. They also call on Member States to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on this matter.The Civil Liberties Committee highlights the need to prioritise the fight against corruption, white collar crime and money laundering. The resolution calls on the Commission and the Council to allocate the appropriate resources considering that corruption remains among the trans-national threats that continue to challenge the internal security of the Union. The resolution was adopted by 47 votes in favour, 2 against and 3 abst

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Keep Sunday free of work!

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 26 marzo 2010

Today, more than 70 organisations including churches, trade unions as well as organisations from civil society, are meeting in the European Parliament in Brussels for the first European Conference on a work-free Sunday. Together with more than 400 conference participants, they will launch an appeal to the heads of states and of governments who are meeting tomorrow in the European Council. They call for a Sunday free of work for all European citizens. “The protection of a work-free Sunday is of paramount importance for workers’ health, for the reconciliation of work and family life as well as for the life of civil society as a whole. This common weekly day of rest serves to strengthen social cohesion in our societies, a cohesion so severely undermined by the current economic crisis.”Rüdiger Noll, Director of the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches, explained at the Conference: “More than any other day of the week, a free Sunday offers the opportunity to be with one’s family and friends. Common free time is an important precondition for a participatory society, which allows its members to engage in civil activities.”

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