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Juan Fernando López Aguilar elected Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 luglio 2019

Elected by acclamation, Juan Fernando López Aguilar will be the Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee for the next two and a half years.
MEPs also elected the first, second and fourth Vice-Chairs for the Committee: Maite Pagazaurtundúa (Renew Europe, ES) will be first Vice-Chair, Pietro Bartolo (S&D, IT) will be second Vice-Chair, and Emil Radev (EPP, BG) will be fourth Vice-Chair.The election of the third Vice-Chair was postponed to a later meeting. The Chair and the Vice-Chairs form together the committee bureau for a two and a half year mandate. i.e, until January 2022. In addition to presiding over committee meetings, the Chair represents the committee both within and outside Parliament and presides over legislative negotiations led by the committee (trilogue talks with the Council and the Commission). Vice-Chairs can replace the Chair when necessary.According to the Rules of the Procedure of the European Parliament (Rule 213) the composition of the bureau of each committee must reflect the diversity of Parliament. It is not possible, for example, to have an all-male or all-female bureau, or for all of the Vice-Chairs to come from the same Member State.The Civil Liberties Committee will hold its first ordinary meeting on 24-25 July. The draft agenda of the meeting will be announced in due course.

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Preventing misuse of public funds by criminal organisations

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 ottobre 2011

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Public funds should be made fully traceable to prevent mafia-style organisations from misusing them, says a resolution approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday. MEPs also call for a special EP committee to investigate infiltration of the public sector and the legal economy by organised crime. Organised crime, especially Mafia-style crime, takes advantage of globalisation, the abolition of borders in the EU and differences among EU Member States’ laws to make substantial profits and go unpunished. This is possible because criminal organisations have created a support network and consolidated infiltrations into the political world, the civil service and the legal economy, says the resolution. To prevent misuse of public funds by mafia-style organisations, the committee calls on the Commission to draft rules ensuring that the use of EU funds is fully traceable by the public authorities, the citizens and the press. MEPs devote special attention to local authorities, who “are more liable to infiltration by organised crime”, says the text. The Commission should also draw up legislation to prevent companies linked to organised crime and mafias from taking part in public procurement procedures. Full traceability of financial flows linked to public works, services and supply contracts should be guaranteed in all instances, say MEPs.
MEPs advocate setting up a special EP committee on the spread of cross-border criminal organisations, including mafias. This committee should investigate the misuse of public funds by criminal organisations, their infiltration of the public sector and their “contamination of legal economy and financial system”, says the text.
The resolution says there is an “urgent need” for EU rules to step up the re-use, for social purposes, of the proceeds of crime, so that criminal organisations’ capital can be reinserted into legal economic circuits. The Civil Liberties Committee also calls on the Commission to table, as soon as possible, a legislative proposal on the seizure and confiscation of the proceeds of crime. Any revenue directly or indirectly connected with organised crime should be subject to seizure and confiscation, say MEPs.
MEPs suggest laying down rules to ensure that those who have been sentenced for membership of criminal organisation will be unable to stand for European elections. They also call on Member States to introduce similar rules for national and local elections. The Commission should assess the implications of establishing a European public prosecutor’s office and also the likely impact of extending the office’s proposed remit to include the fight against cross-border organised crime and corruption (a possibility provided for in the Lisbon Treaty). The text was adopted with 49 votes in favour and 2 abstentions. Rapporteur: Sonia Alfano (ALDE, IT) In the chair: Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES)

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