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The first Democratic debate: Too many candidates, too little time

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 giugno 2019

By Mathew Ingram. There were plenty of issues with the first round of Democratic debates. NBC had live-streaming lag issues and a hot mic problem involving two of the debate moderators meant they could be heard talking after they left the stage, a gaffe that repeatedly interrupted Chuck Todd when he was trying to ask Elizabeth Warren a question about gun control. But the biggest problem by far was one that was abundantly obvious before the debates even happened: Too many candidates—ten of them, to be specific, so many that every shot of the stage by definition had to be a fish-eye lens shot—and not enough time. Sixty seconds to answer a question and 30 seconds for a follow-up was barely enough time to string together a few sentences and look sternly into the camera, let alone make a substantial statement.
The result was also fairly predictable: Lots of shouting and interrupting (mostly by New York mayor Bill de Blasio) and repeated pleas of “your time is up” from the moderators, as the candidates continued trying to belabor their favorite point. And the difficulty of keeping track of all the people running (a problem compounded by the fact that “super” credits identifying the candidates showed up late and in some cases were completely missing) was compounded by the fact that there were arguably too many moderators as well—three of them (Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie and Telemundo’s José Díaz-Balart) asked questions during the first half of the program, and then another two (Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow) performed the same function during the second half.At certain points, some of the moderators—particularly Díaz-Balart and Maddow—seemed to be trying almost as hard as the candidates to make an impression on the audience, prefacing their questions with expository statements about topics like gun control and immigrant rights. And almost every candidate resorted to the typical tricks to get around the questions they didn’t want to answer: Namely, answering a previous question asked of one of their opponents that fit more closely with their favorite platform planks. Another casualty of the time constraint? Any real ability for moderators to challenge the candidates’ responses. Tulsi Gabbard, for example, made comments about her experience in the military (she served in Iraq with the National Guard) that suggested she was anti-war, but several observers noted that she has also showed support for Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad.Each campaign spent the evening tweeting out what they thought were their candidates’ best jabs or bits of repartee, trying to maximize the PR benefit of being part of the event. And much of the post-debate commentary centered on who had “won” by raising their profile the most. Many, including the folks at Politico, felt the big winner was Julian Castro, who saw searches for his name spike by more than 2,400 percent while the debate was underway, according to Google Trends. But other factors were difficult to judge amid the noise of the debates themselves, and will probably only become clear over time. Did Beto speaking in Spanish show that he’s a man of the people, or was he just pandering? De Blasio mentioned his black son more than once—would that help build support in the black community, or would he be seen as trying to make his son a campaign prop?
Trump, meanwhile, rendered his verdict on the evening in a tweet that said simply: “Boring!” and later mocked NBC’s hot-mic incident by saying it was “worthy of a fake news organization, which they are.” For many, the entire exercise seemed futile as a way of actually determining what candidates stood for. Cramming so many candidates into such a short space of time left them either clamoring to get a word in so they could try to make an impression on voters by shouting bumper-sticker style slogans, or disappearing into the woodwork. It seemed more like a ratings grab by NBC than a worthwhile airing of issues related to the election (although it’s not the network’s fault there are so many Democratic candidates). And the best part is we get to do it all again in the second round of debates tonight.(font:CJR Editors)

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Churches debate human rights within European Union

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 9 dicembre 2018

Human rights and religious freedom within the European Union was the focus of a debate organised by the Conference of European Churches. The event was held on 5 December at the Chapel of Europe in Brussels, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CEC Member Churches from EU member states shared their struggles related to violations of freedom of religion or belief, from both majority and minority church perspectives. It was stressed that violation of human rights and religious freedom is a hindrance in the mission of the churches. It is the first time CEC brought the issue of freedom of religion or belief within the European Union into the public debate in Brussels. Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb and Ljubljana of the Serbian Orthodox Church shared reflections from the minority church perspective. He said “the Universal Declaration of Human Rights presents us with the difficult, yet in no way hopeless, task of striving together to find the balance between progress in the area of respect for the rights of persons and minorities, on one hand, and the preservation of the national, cultural and religious identity of individual nations, on the other hand.” “I cannot but express my concern about the deviation from, and even the forsaking of, human rights in our European countries, on the Balkan Peninsula, in some of the former Eastern Bloc countries, and in various parts of the world engulfed in war,” Metropolitan Porfirije added. Another example from a minority church perspective was highlighted by Rev. Marta López Ballalta, Vice -President of the Spanish Evangelical Church. She shared their struggle related to the case of pastor Manzanas Martín and the discrimination faced by him and many other ministers. She explained how there was a difference in treatment for other priests and Evangelical clergy in public pensions scheme. “In such a situation it seems fundamental for a Church to work for justice,” she added.Coming from a majority church in the EU facing longstanding challenges, Bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis of the Church of Cyprus spoke about religious freedoms in Cyprus. He reminded the audience that “in July 1974 Turkey invaded Cyprus with a large military force, as a result of which, Christian monuments and those of other faiths, sacred and archaeological sites were desecrated, looted and destroyed.” “Church of Cyprus is working closely with the other religious leaders of the island to bring an end to what is an unacceptable situation in an EU member state and to gain the total restoration of religious freedom for all the legal residents of Cyprus,” said Bishop Porfyrios.
During the debate it was emphasised that Europe finds itself in times of rising populism and intolerant nationalism. On 4 May 2018, three major parties in the Bulgarian Parliament introduced changes to the Law on Religion, which if adopted will limit religious freedom for religious stakeholders. Rev. Dr Daniel Topalski of the United Methodist Church in Bulgaria and Romania said that he sees such proposals as “an attempt from the state side to nationalise religious communities, which in some respects surpasses the restrictive provisions of the Religious Law during the Communist Regime.”
CEC will continue to assist Member Churches coming from inside and outside of the European Union, facing violation of human rights that limits their mission in European society. As a results of the 70th Anniversary of UDHR churches in various forums expressed their commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights with various stakeholders as distinctive part of the civil society. Facilitated by CEC, these speakers also participated in a seminar in the framework of Article 17 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union on 4 December at the European Parliament. The seminar addressed the theme “Religion and Human Rights within the EU – A Shared Responsibility” hosted by Mairead McGuinness, First Vice-President of the European Parliament.

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Rule of law in Hungary: debate in plenary

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 settembre 2018

Strasburgo. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will be present and give his views to the plenary during the discussion, after the EU Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans has spoken.It is the first time that the Parliament is considering calling on the EU countries to initiate Article 7 proceedings against a member state in view of a risk of threat to the EU’s values.

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Security: committee debate with French and German ministers

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 marzo 2017

Network-SecurityGerman federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière and French Minister of the Interior Matthias Fekl will debate EU measures to improve the security situation in Europe and future challenges in the field with the Civil Liberties Committee. Effective protection of the EUs external borders, ensuring complete interoperability of all EU information systems, enhanced police cooperation among member states, the use of encryption and the need to revise the EU 2013 Cybersecurity strategy and prevent radicalisation are expected to be among the issues debated with the two ministers.

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EU security policy debate one year after Brussels terrorist attacks, 15.00 today

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 marzo 2017

terroristiMEPs will debate progress on the European security agenda since the 22 March 2016 terrorist attacks in Brussels with EU Commissioners Dimitris Avramopoulos and Sir Julian King, and Maltese Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg for the Council Presidency, on Wednesday at 15.00. Enhancing information sharing, combatting terrorism financing, preventing radicalisation and strengthening controls at the EU’s external borders are key priorities.In the past year, the EU has approved, inter alia, a directive on the use of Passenger Name Records (PNR – which should help to trace terrorists), updated rules on counter-terrorism measures and new requirements to check everyone crossing EU external borders as well as new rules on Europol to allow the agency to respond faster to terrorist threats. Further initiatives in the pipeline include reviewing the Schengen Information System and the European Criminal Records Information System and establishing a new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) to pre-screen travelers entering the EU visa free.In September 2016, Sir Julian King was appointed as Commissioner for Security Union, a newly created portfolio.

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U.S.A.: What happened at tonight’s debate

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 10 ottobre 2016

tammyBefore tonight’s presidential debate, I spent the afternoon at a campaign event with President Obama. He’s supporting me for the seat he once held in the U.S. Senate because, as he said, “Tammy Duckworth knows that the best way to strengthen the middle class is by building an economy that works not just for a few — but for all of us.” We have a critical choice in this election between protecting and expanding on the progress we’ve made over the past 8 years — or advancing an agenda that leaves millions of Americans on their own.
On Friday, we learned horrifying news about Donald Trump’s treatment of women. But we’ve known long before this week that Trump and his fellow Republicans are the wrong choice to move our nation forward.
Tonight’s debate is a reminder that it’s more important than ever for Democrats to take back control of the U.S. Senate, both to build a firewall to stop Donald Trump and to make sure we have a majority that will look out for working families. The New York Times says Illinois is our best chance in the country to flip a Republican seat.

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Dublin rules: MEPs reiterate call for solidarity among EU member states

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 12 maggio 2016

dublinoThe EU’s “Dublin” rules, which determine which country is responsible for processing asylum applications, are not working, said MEPs in Wednesday’s debate on an EU Commission proposal to overhaul them. These rules must be replaced with an efficient and asylum system, based on solidarity among EU member states, to enable them to manage applications effectively, they urged. Many MEPs had wanted to see a more ambitious proposal and doubted whether the proposed redistribution scheme would work. They also criticised the fact that member states would be able to avoid taking in asylum seekers in return for making a financial contribution to those processing the asylum applications in their place. Some stressed the member states’ right to self-determination and criticised the plan to ask them to contribute financially if they do not accept refugees.

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Key debate on Paris attacks and anti-terror measures with Jean-Claude Juncker

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 novembre 2015

BruxellesBruxelles At 8.30: Key debate on Paris attacks and anti-terror measures with Jean-Claude Juncker
MEPs will discuss the 13 November terrorist attacks in Paris, the subsequent responses and give their feedback on the 20 November Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in a key debate with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Nicolas Schmit, representing the Council Presidency, from 8.30 to 12.00.
These include the Passenger Name Record data (EU PNR) proposal (currently being negotiated in three-way “trialogue” talks between Parliament, Council and Commission), strengthening controls at Schengen’s external borders – including systematic controls of EU nationals at those borders – preventing access to firearms, stepping up information-sharing among EU member states and between them and Europol, tackling terrorist financing, and enhancing the criminal justice response to radicalisation leading to terrorism and violent extremism.

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Debate on Safe Harbour with Commissioner Jourová

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 ottobre 2015

BruxellesBruxelles On 26 October, Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will discuss with the Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, the Commission’s views on the judgement in case C-362/14 Maximilian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner of the EU Court of Justice of 6 October (“Safe Harbour”), as well as what the Commission is planning to do next. (Monday, 19.30 – 21.00)

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Primo Forum sulla scuola del futuro

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 ottobre 2015

firenzeFirenze 23 ottobre, ore 10 Salone de’ Cinquecento – Palazzo Vecchio (Piazza della Signoria)L’Istituto Nazionale di Documentazione, Innovazione e Ricerca Educativa (Indire) organizza a Firenze il primo Forum sulla scuola del futuro, un’occasione di confronto e riflessione sui processi d’innovazione nella scuola italiana.Al forum parteciperanno le scuole delle Avanguardie educative, il movimento cui hanno aderito oltre 220 istituti scolastici con l’obiettivo di condividere e far emergere le sperimentazioni più significative di didattica innovativa a livello nazionale.Nell’intervento di apertura, il Presidente di Indire Giovanni Biondi presenterà i risultati inediti di un’ampia ricerca scientifica dell’Istituto sull’impatto dell’uso della tecnologia nella didattica.A seguire, il Forum si svilupperà attraverso cinque “debate” in cui esperti del settore si confronteranno sul futuro della scuola, dagli spazi educativi ai processi di apprendimento, dalla valutazione della qualità della scuola al Movimento delle Avanguardie educative come strumento per diffondere l’innovazione.

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Debate on rise of anti-semitism, islamophobia and hate speech in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 ottobre 2015

gerusalemme-porta-dei-leoniThe growing fears of discrimination and violence faced by Jews and Muslims in Europe imply that existing legal instruments and policy measures are not effective enough, MEPs say. On Wednesday evening they will ask Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová to explain what the Commission intends to do to fight hate crime and discrimination and whether it will ask EU member states to adopt specific national strategies to this end.Jewish people in Europe are increasingly afraid of being verbally harassed (46%) or physically attacked (33%), says a recent survey by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). One in three Muslim respondents to a 2009 survey reported that they had experienced discrimination in the previous 12 months. A public hearing on “Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and hate speech” was held by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee on 29 June 2015.

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Debate on migration and refugee crisis ahead of 15-16 October EU summit

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 ottobre 2015

european parliamentParliament will debate the ongoing refugee and migration crisis and the latest developments in Syria and Turkey on Wednesday at 15.00, ahead of the 15 and 16 October meeting of EU heads of state or government, in Brussels. In the debate, with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Luxembourg’s minister for relations with the European Parliament during the Presidency of the Council of the EU, Nicolas Schmit, MEPs will also raise questions about completing the Economic and Monetary Union and the UK’s “in/out” referendum plans. European Parliament President Martin Schulz will address the European Council on Thursday, followed by a press conference. An extra €401.3 million in EU funding to tackle the refugee crisis will be put to a plenary vote at 19.00. The funds will go to the EU countries in which currently high numbers of migrants arrive, to non-EU countries hosting most Syrian refugees and to three EU agencies handling migrant and refugee-related tasks, Frontex, EASO and Europol. The draft amending budget 7/2015 foresees €100 million for the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF) in commitment appropriations; €1.3 million in commitment and payment appropriations for 120 new posts at Frontex, EASO and Europol agencies; and €300 million in commitment appropriations for the European Neighbourhood Instrument.

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Migration and refugee crisis: MEPs’ debate with UNHCR Guterres and EU Commission

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 settembre 2015

mediterraneoMeasures to deal with the migration and refugee crisis as well as the situation in transit countries in the Mediterranean region were debated at a joint hearing held by the Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs, Human Rights committees on Tuesday morning. MEPs expressed disappointment at the outcome of Monday’s Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting and urged EU to shoulder its responsibilities.
The debate began with contributions from by Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), Justice and Home Affairs Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), EU foreign chief Federica Mogherini, Commissioner for migration Dimitris Avramopoulos, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and Human Rights Subcommittee Chair Elena Valenciano (S&D, ES) before members of the parliaments of Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey as well as MEPs took the floor and voiced the views of their respective countries and political groups.

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Refugees: EP to debate Council result and fast-track vote to relocate 120,000

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 settembre 2015

europa-261011-cAt the opening of Wednesday’s plenary session, at 15.00, Parliament’s President Martin Schulz will propose that it vote on Thursday, as a matter of urgency, on the emergency scheme to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers from Italy, Greece and Hungary to other member states, as agreed “in principle” by the Justice and Home Affairs Council on Monday. The opening will be followed by a debate on the outcome of the ministers’ meeting.The 14 September Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council approved a decision to relocate 40,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece over two years, on which Parliament was consulted (Ska Keller report, approved on 9 September). However, ministers could only agree “in principle to relocate an additional 120,000 persons in need of international protection from any member states exposed to massive migratory flows”, based on a proposal presented by the European Commission on 9 September. Parliament is also being consulted on this second emergency relocation proposal.Mr Schulz will propose at the opening of the session that Parliament deal with this second emergency relocation proposal under the urgency procedure (Rule 154 of the EP Rules of Procedure) and to extend the session until Thursday morning. The plenary vote would then take place on Thursday 17 September at 11.00, ahead of the next extraordinary JHA Council meeting on 22 September, where the proposal is again to be on the agenda. The outcome of the 14 September JHA Council meeting will be debated with European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Luxembourg’s Minister for Immigration and Asylum Jean Asselborn, on Wednesday, after the opening of the session.

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Debate with M.Fekl, S.Gabriel, P.Lamy & alii about the TTIP

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 settembre 2015

berlinoBerlin, 28 September 2015 – 2:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Allianz Stiftungsforum 6 Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin A TTIP-ing point for Europe in the world. After two years of negotiations around a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the debate is entering a decisive phase.What is the state of advancement of the negotiations and what will be the TTIP’s impact for Germany and for Europe?
Our office in Germany, the Jacques Delors Institute – Berlin, organises a conference titled, “A TTIP-ing Point for Europe in the World,” featuring several key experts in the field including French minister of State for foreign trade, Matthias Fekl, German minister for economic affairs and energy, Sigmar Gabriel and former WTO director-general and president emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute, Pascal Lamy. Programme
1.30 pm > 2 pm Registration
2 pm > 2.10 pm Welcome and introduction Henrik Enderlein, director, Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin and professor, Hertie School of Governance
2.10 pm > 2.45 pm Keynote speaker Pascal Lamy, former director-general of the WTO and president emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute
2.45 pm > 3.30 pm First session Regulatory cooperation: is there a way forward for improved transatlantic standard setting?
Speakers: Peter Chase, vice-president Europe, AmCham EU Denis Redonnet, director WTO affairs, legal affairs and trade in goods, DG Trade, European Commission Moderator: Pascal Lamy
3.30 pm > 4.30 pm Second session
Foreign investment in TTIP and beyond: what is the right balance in the protection of investors and of states? Speakers:
Anna Joubin-Bret, international investment lawyer, avocat à la cour, Paris,
Sabine Konrad, partner, McDermott Will & Emery, member of the panel of arbitrators of the ICSID
Markus Krajewski, professor, University Erlangen-Nürnberg
Moderator: Christoph von Marschall, Der Tagesspiegel
5 pm > 5.45pm Third session Is TTIP good for Germany? Speakers: Friedrich Merz, senior counsel, Mayer Brown, former member of the European Parliament and former member of the Bundestag Reinhard Bütikofer, member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance Moderator: Christoph von Marschall, Der Tagesspiegel
5.45 pm > 6.45 pm Keynote speakers Matthias Fekl, French minister of State for foreign trade Sigmar Gabriel, federal minister for economic affairs and energy Moderator: Henrik Enderlein Joint discussion of the two ministers with the moderator and possibly the audience.

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Movie screening and debate on how home affairs funds are spent in migration

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 luglio 2015

labour-migrationThe Civil Liberties Committee will hold the sixth debate on the strategic own-initiative report on migration on Thursday 2 July, from 9.00 to 10.30. The way home affairs funds are spent in migration and development context, including emergency funds, is the topic to be addressed in this meeting.A series of debates on the portrayal of migration through cinema will also take place in the framework of the preparation of this report, followed by a sequence of screenings focussing on this topic. The third movie will be shown in room Altiero Spinelli (ASP) 1G3 on Wednesday 1 July, from 19.00: “Like a man on earth”.Invited speakers for the debate in the Civil Liberties Committee on 2 JulyTopic: How home affairs funds are spent in migration and development context, including emergency funds Speakers:
Jörg Monar, Rector of the College of Europe, Bruges
H. J. Koller, Head of Responsible Authority Unit, Dutch Ministry for Security and Justice
Gabriel Barbatei, Head of the Programme Implementation Unit within the General Inspectorate for Immigration
The debate will take place on Thursday 2 July, from 9.00 to 10.30, in room Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 3C050, in Brussels. It will be webstreamed on EP Live.
The next session on the strategic report on migration is scheduled for the meeting of 6 July, in Strasbourg. These discussions will feed into the report that is being prepared by Roberta Metsola (EPP, Malta) and Kashetu Kyenge (S&D, Italy).

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Civil Liberties MEPs debate situation in Romania with Frans Timmermans

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 25 giugno 2015

bucharest2Members of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee will debate the situation in Romania with Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans from 15.00 to 16.00.The Civil Liberties Committee has been asked by the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, to discuss information about Romania’s National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) having launched an investigation on Prime Minister Victor Ponta.This matter was brought to the attention of MEPs at the beginning of the plenary session of 8 June and subsequently submitted to the Conference of Presidents (EP President and group leaders). On 11 June the Conference of Presidents decided to refer the situation in Romania to the Civil Liberties Committee for an exchange of views. The debate will take place this afternoon, from 15.00 to 16.00, with the European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans.

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Civil Liberties MEPs restart discussions on surveillance programmes and go to Washington in March

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 febbraio 2015

european commissionThe Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee and rapporteur on the US NSA and EU member states’ surveillance programmes, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), presented his working document on the follow-up of the inquiry on electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens this evening.During the debate, MEPs stressed the need to address new developments since the adoption of Parliament’s resolution on 12 March 2014 and called for a hearing on the Gemalto hacking by NSA/GCHQ.MEPs also recalled that the security of IT systems of EU institutions needs to be improved and that more should be done for the protection of whistleblowers. They also showed their commitment to carry on the committee work to ensure citizens’ right to privacy. (You can follow the interventions of the MEPs during the debate on twitter @EP_Justice)A Civil Liberties delegation will go to Washington in mid-March. For Claude Moraes, “this trip serves as a great opportunity to continue talks with our US counterparts on key areas of justice and home affairs in EU-US relations. Members will have the chance to gauge the US priorities in light of the decision to vote against the NSA surveillance reform bills in the US Congress. This will provide crucial assistance for Members particularly bearing in mind the priorities of the Civil Liberties Committee concerning the strengthening of data protection standards in the EU, including a review of the Safe Harbour and Umbrella Agreement between the EU and US”.

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ISDS in TTIP: the devil is in the details

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 gennaio 2015

investitoriWhat should we think about the inclusion of an Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism (ISDS) in the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership? Although 93% of bilateral investment treaties contain an ISDS mechanism, this issue has caused much concern in Europe.
Shedding light on this debate, Elvire Fabry and Giorgio Garbasso begin by taking stock of the use of ISDS in the world and in the transatlantic sphere over the past 50 years.
These mechanisms were introduced by Europeans in the 1960s, and it is Europeans who have made the most use of them. However, the rise in the total number of disputes over the past ten years has led certain States to change their strategies.The researchers present a careful analysis of the arguments in the present debate.
1. On one hand, the business world defends the benefit of such an instrument in attracting FDI, because it guarantees a safe and predictable legal framework and depoliticised dispute settlement.
2. On the other hand, its detractors consider the instrument to be illegitimate or unnecessary in the TTIP framework and esteem that it will infringe on the legislative capacity of sovereign states.
3. Finally, the negotiators seek to accommodate these different positions while keeping in mind the geostrategic interest of including an ISDS in TTIP.The devil is in the details of these various issues. We must seek out arguments that seek to develop alternatives to – or that adapt– ISDS’ model.

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Debate on plans to use EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) data to fight terrorism

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 12 novembre 2014

commissione europeaA draft law that would oblige airlines to hand EU countries the data of passengers entering or leaving the EU, in order to help fight serious crime and terrorism, will be discussed with the Commission and Council in the Civil Liberties Committee at 11.30. Debate on the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal, tabled in 2011, has gained momentum due to worries that Europeans returning home after fighting for the so-called “Islamic State” could pose a threat to the EU’s internal security.The EU PNR proposal, presented by the Commission in February 2011, would oblige air carriers to provide EU countries with the data of passengers entering or leaving the EU for use in preventing, detecting, investigating and prosecuting serious crime and terrorist offences.The draft directive was rejected by the Civil Liberties Committee in April 2013 by 30 votes to 25. MEPs voting against questioned the necessity and proportionality of the proposed EU scheme to collect airline passengers’ data, while those voting in favour highlighted its potential added value for EU counter-terrorism policy. In June 2013, Parliament decided in plenary session to refer the matter back to the Civil Liberties Committee.Debate on the proposal has gained momentum due to concerns over possible threats to the EU’s internal security posed by Europeans returning home after fighting for the so-called “Islamic State”. On 30 August 2014, the European Council called on Parliament and Council to finalise work on the EU PNR proposal before the end of the year.PNR data is information provided by passengers and collected by air carriers during reservation and check-in procedures. It contains several different types of information, such as travel dates, travel itinerary, ticket information, contact details, and means of payment used.

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