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Data protection: Civil Liberties MEPs visit the US

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 18 maggio 2016

Commissione-europeaThe “Privacy Shield” on commercial transfers of personal data to the US, implementation of the newly adopted EU data protection rules and counter terrorism measures are among the key issues that Civil Liberties MEPs will debate with US counterparts during their visit to Washington and Silicon Valley 16-20 May.The eight MEP strong delegation headed by Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) will be in Washington on 17-18 May to meet with Members of Congress, US government officials and representatives from civil society to debate issues in relation to data protection and counter terrorism. On 19 May the delegation will be in Silicon Valley to meet with academics from Stanford and representative from Facebook, Google and Cisco as well as start-ups and digital rights defenders.”With several key arrangements on data transfers expected to be agreed between the EU and the US in the coming months, this is a critical moment for the largest and most integrated economic relationship in the world”, said Claude Moraes ahead of the visit.
The European Commission is currently working to finalise the new “Privacy Shield” which is to replace the previous Safe Harbour. MEPs are expected to seek information in particular about judicial redress for EU citizens and the Ombudsperson mechanism foreseen under this arrangement.Further to this, negotiations on the “Umbrella agreement” on data transfers for law enforcement purposes are also ongoing. The agreement is expected to come to the European Parliament for a final yes/no vote before the summer. The implications of the new EU data protection rules adopted by the European Parliament in April will also be high on the agenda during the visit. Other central topics include counter terrorism measures, preventing radicalisation and reform of the US visa Waiver Programme.

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United in our efforts to combat terrorism and tackle root causes, says LIBE chair Claude Moraes after extraordinary JHA meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 25 marzo 2016

siria terrorismo1“We must be united in our efforts to combat terrorism to tackle the root causes of terrorism including radicalisation. This means that the LIBE committee of the European Parliament which is heavily involved in both legislative and advisory measures will add ever greater urgency to its work in the coming days”, said Claude Moraes, chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee in a statement on Wednesday following the extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs meeting.“There is strong political will to ensure that the PNR Directive is adopted in the April 2016 plenary session of the European Parliament together with the data protection package. We urge the Council to play its part in ensuring that as a matter of urgency these votes take place and that the member states implement the proposals also as a matter of urgency.” “The European Parliament plays a strong role in the EU’s security and anti-terrorism agenda. In the coming days we will ensure that the Parliament does its job effectively in key areas such as the start of negotiations on the Terrorism Directive, ECRIS, the amendment of the Schengen border code, our part in the proposal of a review in the Firearms Directive and further measures on terrorism financing within the Money Laundering Directive.”“This indicates the serious response the European Parliament’s LIBE committee will take along with its history of trying to deal with the root causes of terrorism such as radicalisation (the DATI Report) in the coming important days following the terrible events of 22 March 2016.”

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EP will ensure that Turkey respects basic conditions for asylum claims, says Civil Liberties Chair

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 marzo 2016

european parliamentThe European Parliament will continue to play a key role as a legislative and political watchdog to ensure that basic conditions for asylum claims are met in Turkey, said Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes following the agreement with Turkish authorities to return all irregular migrants arrived to the EU back to Turkey.This month, the Civil Liberties committee will hold key meetings with the Greek Minister for Migration as well as with the Commission on the management of external borders and Schengen.After the announcement by the EU Heads of State or Government of the deal with Ankara, Mr Moraes (S&D, UK) said:“Following the Council Summit and the key decision to return all irregular migrants back to Turkey the European Parliament will continue to play a role as a key watchdog to ensure that basic conditions for asylum claims are met in the country. Moreover, it is important that the EU does not ignore its values in the face of people fleeing war and persecution by simply creating push-backs.On the issue of resettlement, it is a welcoming sign that member states are finally showing a political will to enhance safer and legal routes to the EU. This will play a key part in tackling smugglers as well as show much needed solidarity with countries that have taken in a large amount of refugees, currently over 2 million Syrian refugees are in Turkey. As Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee I call on member states to quickly implement and uphold resettlement commitments.We must move away from the rhetoric of sealing borders as this will merely perpetuate the pressures faced by member states on the periphery – member states must also uphold their responsibilities by implementing existing key EU measures, notably the temporary relocation mechanism to alleviate pressures faced by Greece”.

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Member States must play their part in alleviating the pressures faced by Greece, said Civil Liberties Chair

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 febbraio 2016

ateneGreece should not be used as “a push-back for Member States” in case the Dublin Regulation on asylum applications is again fully applied to the country, Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes said, following a Commission’s announcement on Tuesday on the implementation of the European Agenda on Migration.Parliament will continue to play its key role as watchdog “to ensure that the crisis is dealt with in an organised and compassionate manner”, the Chair stressed.The Commission on Tuesday reported on the implementation of the priority actions under the European Agenda for Migration and highlighted key areas where immediate action is needed.Reacting to the Commission’s communication, the Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee in the European Parliament, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), said:”I welcome the efforts of the Commission to ease the pressures faced by Greece and improve the infrastructure in view of a possible resumption of some transfers under the Dublin Regulation. The recommendations addressed to Greece proposed by the Commission outline key areas for improvement in order to have in place dignified entry points that meet basic humanitarian standards. Moreover, the recommendations will offer a better coordinated response for managed migration by increasing the registration of migrants arriving in Greece.However it is important that including Greece in Dublin will not simply be used as a push-back for Member States as this would merely ring-fence Greece from the rest of the EU, trapping thousands of asylum-seekers and increase pressure on a country that is already struggling to respond to migratory flows. Solidarity is essential, Member States must play their part in alleviating the pressures faced by Greece. Last year Member States agreed to re-distribute 66,400 refugees from Greece as part of the emergency relocation mechanism, however, thus far, only 15 Member States have offered places with only 218 people relocated. This is a European crisis and not only a Greek crisis. The EU urgently needs to offer legal and safer alternatives for refugees and asylum-seekers in order to target and reduce the operation of smuggling networks and dangerous routes taken.The LIBE committee which I chair will be holding an exchange of views with experts and the Commission on the state of play on hotspots at the end of this month. Parliament will continue to play its key role as watchdog in order to ensure that the crisis is dealt with in an organised and compassionate manner.”

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EP will play the role of watchdog over new Safe Harbour deal

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 febbraio 2016

Members of the Civil Liberties Committee welcomed the progress made in the ongoing talks on a new Safe Harbour framework on EU-US data transfers laid out by Commissioner Jourová on Monday evening. Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes promised that the european parliamentwill play the role of watchdog for citizens over any new Safe Harbour agreement.MEPs also voiced strong concerns over the envisaged safeguards to limit data collection, underlined the need to ensure an independent and individual complaints mechanism as well as access to judicial redress for EU citizens.Statement by Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK):”Following this evening’s discussion with Commissioner Jourová, although I welcome the commitments of the Commission to renegotiate the Safe Harbour agreement, I am deeply concerned about the value of the proposals in reality, from the ombudsman to future guarantees on judicial redress.The Commission has informed members of some of the proposals including US proposals to create a data Ombudsman for EU citizens within the State Department. A number of key questions remain in order to meet the conditions of an independent data protection authority required by the Charter of fundamental rights and Article 16 of the Treaty. It is also important that the Commission continues its dialogue with Parliament particularly with regards to the details of a new agreement.
The European Parliament has played a strong role in trying to make Safe Harbour “safe” from the beginning and it has long warned of the shortcomings of the agreement. In addition, Parliament has held several hearings in order to highlight loopholes in the agreement with regards to fundamental rights. These concerns led to Parliament calling for the suspension of the agreement in March 2014 following the LIBE inquiry on mass surveillance. Last year, the European Court of Justice also shared the concerns of Parliament following the Schrems case and the decision to invalidate the Safe Harbour agreement.As chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee, I am fully aware of the importance of this agreement for EU citizens as well as EU and US businesses which is why both partners must continue with discussions for a new Safe Harbour agreement. Transparency is essential during these discussions particularly given that no mandate was given to the Commission by the Council with regards to Safe Harbour.The European Parliament can play a key role in giving the Commission a strengthened political mandate to re-open discussions. The LIBE committee will hold a hearing in order to facilitate open and transparent discussions with US counterparts for a new Safe Harbour that will give more protection of fundamental rights as well as provide much needed legal clarity for businesses.”

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JHA Council: Member states must agree to share information and intelligence, says Claude Moraes

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 novembre 2015

Terrorista.jpgThe Chair of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, Claude Moraes, will attend the extraordinary JHA Council meeting tomorrow in response to the Paris terrorist attacks on 13 November.Ahead of the meeting, Mr Moraes (S&D, UK) said:”This meeting will be a crucial test of the EU’s response to one of the worst terrorist outrages on European soil in living memory. The EU’s Security Agenda needs to be fit for the significant challenges posed by the horrific attacks in Paris last Friday”.”Tomorrow, ministers must agree to step up cooperation and intelligence-sharing to prevent information gaps between EU countries. The multiple security threats faced by member states will require a coordinated and organised response by EU institutions and a renewed willingness to share information and intelligence for the safety and security of European citizens”. “The ministers must realise that we need the EU to fight terrorist threats. Citizens expect the highest level of cooperation between agencies and that they are effectively equipped and prepared to protect our safety and freedom”.

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Sorveglianza di massa: per il Parlamento il diritto dei cittadini UE è ancora in pericolo

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 31 ottobre 2015

european parliamentIn una risoluzione posta in votazione giovedì, i deputati hanno sottolineato come non sia stato ancora fatto abbastanza per la salvaguardia dei diritti fondamentali dei cittadini in seguito alle rivelazioni sulla sorveglianza elettronica di massa. I deputati chiedono alla Commissione di assicurare che tutti i trasferimenti dei dati verso gli USA siano soggetti ad un livello di protezione efficace e chiede agli Sati membri di concedere protezione ad Edward Snowden, in qualità di “difensore dei diritti umani”. Inoltre, il Parlamento ha espresso preoccupazione circa le norme sulla sorveglianza in diversi Stati UE.Il relatore Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), presidente della commissione per le libertà civili ha dichiarato che l’inchiesta del Parlamento europeo sulle rivelazioni di Edward Snowden riguardo la sorveglianza di massa elettronica è stata, ad oggi, la più completa investigazione effettuata. E’ necessario continuare questo lavoro per assicurare che le libertà civili siano difese anche su internet.Questa risoluzione, approvata con 342 voti favorevoli, 274 voti contrari e 29 astensioni, fa il punto sulle azioni (o mancanza d’azione) che la Commissione, le altre istituzioni UE e gli Stati membri hanno intrapreso sulla base delle raccomandazioni del Parlamento contenute nella risoluzione del 12 marzo 2014 sulla sorveglianza elettronica di massa dei cittadini UE, redatta sulla scia delle rivelazioni di Edward Snowden.Con 285 voti favorevoli a fronte di 281 contrari, i deputati hanno approvato un emendamento che invita gli Stati membri a “ritirare ogni imputazione penale nei confronti di Edward Snowden, a offrirgli protezione e, di conseguenza, a evitare la sua estradizione o consegna da parte di terzi, riconoscendo il suo statuto di informatore e di difensore internazionale dei diritti umani.”
I deputati accolgono con favore la sentenza della Corte di giustizia europea (CGUE) del 6 ottobre riguardo il caso Schrems, che ha invalidato la decisione della Commissione sullo schema Safe Harbour sul trasferimento dei dati negli Stati Uniti. Per i deputati “questa sentenza ha confermato la posizione di lunga data del Parlamento riguardo l’assenza di un adeguato livello di protezione previsto da questo sistema”.
Il Parlamento fa appello alla Commissione affinché “prenda le misure necessarie per assicurare che tutti i dati personali trasferiti verso gli USA siano soggetti a un livello efficace di protezione, sostanzialmente equivalente a quello garantito nell’UE”.Il Parlamento invita la Commissione a riflettere immediatamente sulle alternative al Safe Harbour e sull’impatto che la sentenza può avere su ogni altro strumento utilizzato per il trasferimento dei dati personali negli USA. Inoltre, il Parlamento chiede che la Commissione riferisca su questo entro la fine del 2015. Inoltre, la risoluzione rinnova l’invito a sospendere l’accordo con gli Stati Uniti sul programma di tracciatura finanziaria dei terroristi (TFTP).In generale, i deputati ritengono, in considerazione dell’entità delle rivelazioni sulla sorveglianza di massa, “altamente inadeguata” la risposta data fino ad ora dalla Commissione sulla risoluzione del Parlamento del 2014. Secondo i deputati “i diritti fondamentali dei cittadini UE sono ancora in pericolo” e “troppo poco è stato fatto per assicurare la loro piena protezione”.
Il Parlamento è preoccupato per le “recenti leggi adottate da alcuni Paesi membri che ampliano le possibilità di sorveglianza da parte delle autorità d’intelligence, inclusi Francia, Regno Unito e Olanda. Inoltre, è preoccupato per le rivelazioni sulle attività di sorveglianza delle telecomunicazione e del traffico internet all’interno dell’UE da parte della BND, l’agenzia di intelligence “esterna” tedesca, in collaborazione con la NSA, l’agenzia per la sicurezza nazionale statunitense.Inoltre, la risoluzione invita a formulare una strategia UE per una maggiore indipendenza informatica e una maggiore privacy sul web ed evidenzia l’esigenza di assicurare un controllo democratico ed efficace delle attività d’intelligence, così come la necessità di ricostruire la fiducia con gli USA.

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Humanitarian crisis brings European filmmakers to Parliament

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 ottobre 2015

Claude Moraes, Chair of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, will give a press conference on Tuesday 20 October, at 14.30, on the “refugees Crisis: Martin Schulz and Claude Moraes to receive Appeal from European Film Celebrities – For A Thousand Lives: Be Human”. A delegation of European filmmakers will also participate in the press conference:
· Michel Hazanavicius (France) is the director of “The Artist” (5 Oscars, 6 Césars, 7 Baftas, 1 Goya, 3 Golden Globes, 4 Spirit Awards)
· Laurent Cantet (France) won the “Palme d’Or” for “Entre les murs”
· Hanna Shygulla (Germany) is the most prominent actress of the “New German Cinema”
· Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Italy) received prestigious awards as an actress (1 César, 2 David di Donatello Awards for Best Actress) and as a director (Prix du Jury UCR in Cannes, Prix Louis Deluc, etc)
· Sean McAllister (UK) is a documentary filmmaker.

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The majority vote on refugees in EU regrettable, but signals the beginning of the end of EU paralysis on refugee crisis, says Claude Moraes

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 settembre 2015

refugees“It was always going to be regrettable for the member states to go to majority voting on the decision to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers, but this majority decision is hugely welcome. It is a relief, and after painfully slow progress it marks the beginning of the end of EU paralysis on refugees. What we want is an organised and compassionate EU solution to the refugee crisis. The decision on relocation is one crucial part of that solution – we have a long way to go, but this is the beginning”, said the Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Claude Moraes, on the results of today’s Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting.
Statement by Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), Chair of the European Parliament’s committee in charge of migration and asylum:”Member states must avoid lukewarm responses and move the debate from simply quarrelling about small figures to relocate and on to other pressing issues. Now is the time to move towards agreement on a permanent relocation mechanism to ensure fast and smooth responses to future emergency situations.At tomorrow’s extraordinary EU summit and on the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 8 October, it is essential that EU member states match the ambitions of both the European Parliament and Commission and show solidarity in response to the refugee crisis.
Making sure that the identification and reception facilities at the “hotspots” in Italy and Greece will be fully functional, that judicial safeguards are respected in the returns directive, assessing safe countries and providing aid to the neighbouring countries housing the lion’s share of the refugees are issues that must be addressed as a matter of urgency.
Tomorrow the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee will host an inter-parliamentary committee meeting with national parliamentarians to discuss these issues.The European Parliament has shown that it is ready to co-operate and engage in a dialogue with the Council and Commission on key issues, highlighted with our quick response to the emergency proposal to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers voted as a matter of urgency by the Plenary last week.As co-legislators on the permanent relocation mechanism and on the proposal on safe countries of origin, Parliament stands ready to work with member states to deliver a common response system that is worthy of Europe and will ensure the protection and help that the refugees are entitled to”.

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Refugee crisis: EU ministers have yet again failed to act, regrets EP Civil Liberties Committee Chair

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 15 settembre 2015

European Union“Member states have yet again failed to make tough decisions and provide a compassionate response to the refugee crisis”, said the Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee responsible for migration and asylum, Claude Moraes. “We are running out of time – the meeting on 8 October is the EU’s final chance to agree an organised response to the biggest refugee crisis since World War II in Europe”, he added.
In response to today’s Council meeting, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) said:”Today should have been the most important Council meeting to take place on Justice and Home Affairs in the EU’s recent history.
Member states have yet again failed to make tough decisions and provide an organised and compassionate response to the refugee crisis. It is shameful that some of the richest countries in the world cannot stand together and help those fleeing war and persecution in Syria and elsewhere. The re-introduction of temporary internal border controls this past weekend clearly shows the need for Member states to stick together and find common solutions. The reluctance of Member states to show solidarity in response to the crisis has brought certain countries to the breaking point and made them temporarily reintroduce border controls.This does not mark the end of Schengen; Parliament has always supported open borders within the Schengen area and we will continue to do so. We must not give up on the open borders that have provided great benefits to the European citizens due to petty quarrels over a number of refugees equalling 0,11 % of the total population of the EU”.
“While welcoming the Council decision to relocate 40,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece, it is evident that the numbers agreed on so far are not sufficient to deal with the growing number of people in need of protection. At time of writing there is only general consensus about the relocation of 120,000 refugees with further discussion on 8 October.The European Parliament has done its job and has consistently stressed the importance of having in place binding measures to address relocation and resettlement, as well as search and rescue, the creation of reception centres and hotspots and development aid and partnerships.The Parliament is looking into all aspects of the migration challenges, including aid for countries which take the lion share of refugees such as Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. It is essential that the EU commits to increasing financial support to these countries”.The appalling conditions and chaos facing refugees and Europe as a whole show that there was no real preparation at Europe’s borders and little respect for the existing EU Asylum Reception Directive. This has to be fixed, and fast. As co-legislators, we have contributed a great deal in establishing a Common European Asylum System. The Civil Liberties Committee calls on Member states to properly implement the asylum rules in order to ensure that consistent and humane standards are applied across the EU.I have clear concerns about proposals for immigration detention. These must be agreed according to the Returns Directive but they must have judicial safeguards built in. There are also concerns about “safe countries” of origin.Claude Moraes warned: “We are running out of time – the meeting on 8 October is the EU’s final chance to agree an organised and compassionate response to the biggest refugee crisis since World War II in Europe”.

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Civil Liberties MEPs go to Washington to discuss data protection, surveillance and counter-terrorism

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 marzo 2015

parlamento europeoA 11-strong delegation from the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, headed by Claude Moraes (Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee, S&D, UK), will go to Washington D.C. from 16 to 20 March 2015 to obtain up-to-date information on the state of play and progress in the US on major issues, such as data protection and the current legislative works by the US Congress on framing surveillance activities. MEPs will also update the American counterparts on the EU data protection reform and on counter-terrorism initiatives, including the EU Passenger Name Records (PNR) proposal. Before the departure of the delegation, Claude Moraes stated the following:”The European Parliament’s previous delegation to Washington in 2013 took place during an international diplomatic crisis between the EU and the US following the Snowden revelations on mass surveillance. The delegation took place at one of the most high profile moments with revelations breaking of both NSA spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone and on mass surveillance of EU citizen’s private information.Since the Edward Snowden revelations in July 2013, authorities both in the US and the EU agreed that a thorough debate on these issues was both welcome and necessary considering the breakdown of trust following NSA mass surveillance and data collection allegations.The European Parliament has begun its second phase Inquiry following the Snowden revelations. We have already shared our concerns with the US on mass European Parliament , spying and economic espionage and now return to Washington in 2015 to discuss key issues including;
1. Judicial redress for EU citizens in the case of transfers of personal data for law enforcement purposes
2. Safe Harbour for US companies
3. Reform of EU data protection legislation and US recent initiatives and trends on data protection
4. Passenger Name Records (PNR) in the area of counter-terrorism and law enforcement
Since 2013 there have been positive developments in the US. The commitments by the Attorney General to extend judicial redress to EU citizens under the Privacy Act, within the framework of the so-called EU-US “umbrella agreement” on data protection for data transfers for law enforcement, so they can access US courts under the same conditions as US citizens and without discrimination, was an important step towards rebuilding trust and achieving equal treatment between US and EU citizens on this issue.
On US Safe Harbour, negotiations are still ongoing between the EU Commission and the US on the serious failings of this agreement, following our conclusion that the Safe Harbour has not been properly implemented and has failed to provide the adequate level of protection of EU citizens required by EU legislation for data transfers to US organisations members of the Safe Harbour. We will also update the US on the data protection reform, giving it is one of the biggest international legislation on data protection, and how it will affect the US and our transatlantic relations, and will get insight of recent US initiatives on data protection, such as the draft consumer bill of rights put forward by the White House.
Following the recent terrorist attacks in Europe, we will also give the US a progress report on counter-terrorism and law enforcement proposals, including on the Passenger Name Records, given these are world-wide issues”.

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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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NSA inquiry: lead MEP presents preliminary conclusions

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 dicembre 2013

Debate on the US internet surveillance of EU c...

Debate on the US internet surveillance of EU citizens (Photo credit: European Parliament)

The European Parliament should consent to a trade deal with the US only if it makes no reference to data protection, says its Civil Liberties Committee in the preliminary conclusions of its inquiry into surveillance of EU citizens by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and EU member states, tabled by lead MEP Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) on Wednesday. The draft text also calls for the swift creation of an EU data storage “cloud” and judicial redress for to protect their data in the US.Mr Moraes’ draft conclusions acknowledge the importance of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement for economic growth and jobs in both the EU and the US. But European Parliament should consent to the deal only if contains no references to data protection provisions, the draft text adds. “We need to ensure that strong data privacy protections are achieved separately from the TTIP”, Mr Moraes told MEPs involved in the Civil Liberties Committee inquiry.Clear political signals that the US understands the difference between allies and adversaries are also needed, says the draft document, which urges the US authorities to draw up a code of conduct to guarantee that no espionage is pursued against EU institutions and facilities.The European Commission should suspend the “Safe Harbour” principles (data protection standards that US companies should meet when transferring EU citizens’ data to the US) and re-negotiate new, appropriate data protection standards, the draft says.The EU’s executive arm is also urged to suspend the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP) deal with the US until a “thorough investigation” is carried out to restore trust in the agreement. The draft also underlines that the consultations recently concluded by the Commission were based solely on US assurances.

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The European Parliament should consent to a trade deal with the US only if it makes no reference to data protection, says its Civil Liberties

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 dicembre 2013

Outside the Berlaymont building of the Europea...

Outside the Berlaymont building of the European Commission (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Committee in the preliminary conclusions of its inquiry into surveillance of EU citizens by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and EU member states, tabled by lead MEP Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) on Wednesday. The draft text also calls for the swift creation of an EU data storage “cloud” and judicial redress for EU citizens to protect their data in the US.Mr Moraes’ draft conclusions acknowledge the importance of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement for economic growth and jobs in both the EU and the US. But European Parliament should consent to the deal only if contains no references to data protection provisions, the draft text adds. “We need to ensure that strong data privacy protections are achieved separately from the TTIP”, Mr Moraes told MEPs involved in the Civil Liberties Committee inquiry.Clear political signals that the US understands the difference between allies and adversaries are also needed, says the draft document, which urges the US authorities to draw up a code of conduct to guarantee that no espionage is pursued against EU institutions and facilities.Suspend Safe Harbour and TFTP agreements The European Commission should suspend the “Safe Harbour” principles (data protection standards that US companies should meet when transferring EU citizens’ data to the US) and re-negotiate new, appropriate data protection standards, the draft says.The EU’s executive arm is also urged to suspend the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP) deal with the US until a “thorough investigation” is carried out to restore trust in the agreement. The draft also underlines that the consultations recently concluded by the Commission were based solely on US assurances.

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Seasonal workers’ rights: Civil Liberties Committee backs EP-Council deal

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 15 novembre 2013

Collectively, the EU is the largest contributo...

Collectively, the EU is the largest contributor of foreign aid in the world. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seasonal workers from outside the EU will get better working and living conditions, including a minimum wage and proper accommodation, under a deal between Parliament and member states backed by civil liberties MEPs on Thursday. These rules, aimed at both ending exploitation and preventing temporary stays becoming permanent, are the first at EU level on seasonal work.“We finally have agreement on a directive that manages temporary, legal migration and ensures protection of workers from exploitation. It will be a strong tool to ensure humane conditions for low-wage workers, discourage undercutting and benefit good employers,” said Parliament’s rapporteur, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK).The Commission estimates put the number of seasonal workers who come to the EU each year from non-EU countries at over 100,000.

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Non-EU seasonal workers: EP/Council deal on better social rights and conditions

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 novembre 2013

Non-EU seasonal workers will get better working and living conditions, including a minimum wage and proper accommodation, under a draft law agreed by Parliament and Council and backed by national governments on Tuesday. These rules aim both to end exploitation and to prevent temporary stays from becoming permanent. They are to be put to a plenary vote in January 2014.The European Commission estimates that over 100,000 third-country seasonal workers come to the EU every year.“We finally have agreement on a Directive that manages temporary, legal migration and ensures protection of workers from exploitation. It will be a strong tool to ensure humane conditions for low wage workers, discourage undercutting, and benefit good employers”, said Parliament’s rapporteur Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) on the compromise.
These rules, the first to be agreed at EU level on seasonal work, will not affect the right of member states to decide how many seasonal workers they allow in. Member states will also be free to widen the definition of “seasonal work” beyond the traditional one of tourism and agricultural work such as fruit picking, provided they consult social partners where appropriate and ensure that all the activities defined have a “seasonal aspect”.
Any application to enter the EU as a seasonal worker will have to include a work contract or a binding job offer specifying essentials such as pay and working hours, says the agreed text. At MEPs’ request, it will also include evidence that the worker will have appropriate accommodation. Where accommodation is arranged by the employer, the rent must not be excessive or be automatically deducted from a worker’s wage, says the agreed text.
The deal says non-EU seasonal workers will have the same rights as EU nationals as regards minimum working age, pay, dismissal, working hours, holidays, and health and safety requirements. They will also have the right to join a trade union and have access to social security, pensions, training, advice on seasonal work offered by employment offices and other public services, except for public housing.

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