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MEPs commemorate victims of 22 March Brussels attack and stress need to step up security

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 marzo 2017

Bruxelles. MEPs examined progress made in fighting terrorism since the 22 March 2016 attacks in Brussels in Wattentato aeroporto bruxellesednesday afternoon’s “topical debate”. They stressed the need to do more to ensure swift and efficient information sharing among member states and improve the interoperability of EU databases, as well as to prevent radicalization and help victims of terrorism.MEPs underlined the need for strong controls at the EU’s external borders in the debate with EU Commissioners Dimitris Avramopoulos and Sir Julian King, and Maltese Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg for the Council Presidency. Several called for an assessment of existing counter-terrorism measures, to ensure that the right ones are taken and that they are properly implemented, and that they protect fundamental rights. Many also stressed the need to address the root causes of terrorism by creating inclusive societies to prevent radicalization.In the past year, the EU has approved important counter-terrorism measures such as a directive on the use of Passenger Name Records (PNR – which should help to trace terrorists), updated rules on combatting-terrorism 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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Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will quiz UK candidate Commissioner for the Security Union Sir Julian King

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 settembre 2016

european parliamentStrasbourg. Based on the committee’s recommendation, Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders) will then decide whether to close the hearing procedure after which the full House can take a vote on Thursday. The hearing is to last three hours, starting at 19.00. It will be open to the press and web-streamed. The Commissioner-designate may make an opening statement of no longer than 15 minutes. There will be two rounds of questions and a five-minute closing statement by the candidate if he so wishes.On Tuesday, Civil Liberties Committee Coordinators will meet (in camera) to assess the outcome of the hearing, after which the evaluation will be put to the Conference of Presidents (CoP – EP President and political group leaders). If the CoP deems the hearing procedure closed, the full House will vote on the candidature by secret ballot on Thursday at noon.As laid down in the Rules of Procedure (Annex XVI), Sir Julian King replied to a written questionnaire prior to the hearing. MEPs are particularly interested in his priorities in the areas of security, coordination with migration, home affairs and citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, and the implementation of current legislative instruments, in particular as regards information sharing among law enforcement authorities.

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