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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n°159

Posts Tagged ‘justice’

MEPs back partial agreement on Justice Programme

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 aprile 2019

The EU should promote non-discriminatory access to justice for all its citizens, as well as support gender equality. Plenary endorsed with 490 votes to 120, and 42 abstentions, the partial agreement reached between co-legislators on the EU Justice Programme for 2021-2027. The Programme will continue cultivating a European area of justice based on the rule of law, independence and impartiality of the judiciary, access to justice, mutual recognition and trust and cross-border cooperation.The Programme will, in all its actions, also promote gender mainstreaming, particularly gender equality, the rights of the child, the protection of victims and the effective application of the principle of equal rights and non-discrimination.More specifically, the programme aims to:facilitate and support judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, including by supporting the efforts to improve the effectiveness of national justice systems and enforcement of decisions;
support and promote judicial training to develop a common legal, judicial and rule of law culture among justice professionals; and to improve judicial cooperation and trust in cross-border proceedings;
facilitate non-discriminatory access to justice for all and effective redress, by promoting efficient procedures and supporting the rights of all victims of crime, including by electronic means.

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MEPs back deal on Justice programme for 2021-2027

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 aprile 2019

The EU should promote non-discriminatory access to justice for all its citizens, as well as support gender equality. Legal Affairs and Civil Liberties MEPs backed with 49 votes to 7, with 1 abstention, the partial agreement reached between co-legislators on the EU Justice Programme for 2021-2027. The Programme will continue cultivating a European area of justice based on the rule of law, independence and impartiality of the judiciary, access to justice, mutual recognition and trust and cross-border cooperation.
Co-legislators managed to ensure that the Programme will, in all its actions, also promote gender mainstreaming, particularly gender equality, the rights of the child, the protection of victims and the effective application of the principle of equal rights and non-discrimination.More specifically, the programme aims to:
facilitate and support judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, including by supporting the efforts to improve the effectiveness of national justice systems and enforcement of decisions;
support and promote judicial training to develop a common legal, judicial and rule of law culture among justice professionals; and to improve judicial cooperation and trust in cross-border proceedings;
facilitate non-discriminatory access to justice for all and effective redress, by promoting efficient procedures and supporting the rights of all victims of crime, including by electronic means.
EU co-legislators were able to start negotiations before the EU elections on a significant number of proposals for the EU’s next long term budget. The budgetary allocations for the Justice Programme were left outside the scope of this agreement, meaning that negotiations will be finalised under the next European Parliament based on this partial agreement and on the Parliament’s negotiating mandate.

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Justice and only justice you shall pursue

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 gennaio 2019

Every year Christians around the entire world gather in prayer for the sake of healing division and strengthening unity. Traditionally, we celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity between 18 and 25 January, the feasts of St Peter and St Paul.
This year the theme—Justice and only justice you shall pursue (Deuteronomy 16:18-20)—and reflection comes from the churches in Indonesia, a country remarkable for its linguistic, cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity. Within this mosaic, Indonesians live together by the principle of gotong royong—solidarity and collaboration. In this spirit, the Conference of European Churches and the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences join in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Indonesia and throughout the world in cultivating harmony, promoting justice, and protecting the weak.In Europe, social and economic inequalities persist and grow, refugees arrive unwelcomed at our borders, and entire communities are excluded and marginalised. Coming face-to-face with these daily realities, we are called as Christians to be living witnesses of the one Body of Christ. We find hope in Christian communities that practice radical hospitality, witnessing to the grace and mercy first shown to us. Through this service, we also work towards the, yet unachieved, visible unity of Christ’s church.Together CEC and CCEE will continually and prayerfully work for the coming of the Kingdom here and now. We support each other and all efforts to overcome inequality, extended hospitality and friendship to those most in need, and give witness to a hope rooted in the unparalleled grace of Christ Jesus.

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Committee on Civil Liberties,Justice and Home Affairs

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 7 gennaio 2019

Brussels, Monday, 7 January 2018 József Antall (4Q2)15.30 – 18.00 Presentations and debates
· Instrument for financial support for border management and visa. Consideration of amendments. Rapporteur: Tanja Fajon (S&D, SI). 15.30 – 15.45
· Combating and counterfeiting of non-cash means of payment. Presentation of the state of play of trilogue negotiations. Rapporteur: Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann (S&D, DE). 16.00 – 16.15
· Implications of the US CLOUD Act for protection of data in EU information systems. Exchange of views with the European Commission. 16.15 – 16.30
· Pericles IV programme: Establishing an exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting for the period 2021-2017. Consideration of draft report. Rapporteur: Denis de Jong (GUE/NGL, NL). 16.30 – 16.45
· The cost of non-Europe in asylum policy. Presentation of a study by Dr. Wouter van Ballegooij (EP Policy Department), Dr. Cecilia Navarra (EP Research Service) and Dr. Meena Fernandes (Milieu ltd). 16.45 – 17.15
· Progress under the European Agenda on Migration. Presentation by the Commission of its latest communication. 17.15 – 17.45
· Creation of a European network of immigration liaison officers (recast). Consideration of amendments. Rapporteur: Cécile Kashetu Kyenge (S&D, IT). 17.45 – 18.00
Iina LIETZÉN / Estefanía NARRILLOS

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Video Launch: Justice for Spanish Pastors

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 26 settembre 2018

CEC has just released a short documentary, Justice for Spanish Pastors. The video is second in the “Standing UP for Minority Rights” series and sheds light on the fate of Protestant pastors seeking justice and equal treatment in Spain. The video, which has been created in cooperation with the Spanish Evangelical Church, highlights the case of pastor Manzanas Martín and the discrimination faced by him and several other ministers.The cases concern the difference in treatment for Catholic priests and Evangelical clergy in the public pensions scheme. While Catholic priests could have their years of service previous to their inclusion into the scheme taken into account – by paying the corresponding contributions – Evangelical ministers could not do retroactive payments, leaving them with very small or no financial support in old age. Whilst the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg acknowledged the discrimination in 2012, the Spanish state has not yet changed legislation effectively.CEC has provided assistance to its Spanish Member Churches and advocated for their rights. CEC initiated several actions in relation to the Council of Europe and EU institutions, in particular EU Fundamental Rights Agency and has now documented the situation in the newly released video.

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Living witness, justice, and hospitality: General Assembly highlights issues for public concern

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 31 agosto 2018

The 2018 Novi Sad General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches recommended to CEC Member Churches six areas for concern in the coming years: economic and climate justice, security, arms and nonviolence, refugees and migration, human rights, populism, and the family.
Today, it is the poorest who suffer the most to adapt to climate change and ecological devastation. It is unjust that those who have contributed the least to climate change suffer the most. Jesus teaches that we must care for the least of these, and so we must confront profound economic and climate injustice through advocacy and action. Churches are called to use the international Sustainable Development Goals in their efforts in ecological and economic justice, support grassroots efforts, work for intergenerational justice, and continue advocacy efforts at the European level.
Recent developments at European and global levels risks the European Union’s role as an instrument of peacebuilding and reconciliation. Arms development, production, and export is a major contributor to the outbreak and continuation of armed conflict and war, and forced migration. Churches are called to strengthen their voices against the militarisation of the EU, advance a Christian perspective on security, advocated against any further development of nuclear weapons, and explore the theological dimensions of security, arms, and non-violence.
The mass movement and displacement of people touches all CEC Member Churches and peoples in Europe today. Economic conditions, climate change, youth unemployment, and so on, prompt many people to leave their homes in search of better lives elsewhere. Churches are called to advocate for safe and legal access to Europe, as well as fair and just asylum procedures, and humane return policies. Churches are also encouraged to speak out against the criminalization of solidarity with undocumented migrants and support humanitarian initiatives for search and rescue at sea.
Building a Europe for all is an important task for European churches. Diversity and plurality in Europe is a richness, and churches and religious communities are an important part of this. Existing European frameworks favour extended freedom of religion or belief, and the 2001 Charta Oecumenica encourages dialogue between minority and majority churches. Churches are called to support each other in working for freedom of religion or belief, including access to holy places and places of worship, and in strengthening universality of human rights, such as civil political, social, economic and cultural rights.
The situation in Kosovo is particularly complex. The significant factors include control of arms trade, EU’s support to protection of cultural heritage, engagement of UN forces in preventing conflict and opening of a political dialogue between the Albanian authorities in Kosovo and the representatives of persecuted Serbian Orthodox minority.European Churches are supporting the Serbian Orthodox Church and other religious communities in Kosovo, northern part of Cyprus (area not under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus) and elsewhere in their fight for full implementation of fundamental human rights, including freedom of religion or belief.
Today, populist parties are on the rise, and take advantage of democratic processes to gain power and recognition. Decline in living standards and rising unemployment rates, especially among young people, undoubtable goes in favour of strengthening extreme nationalism and increasing populism. Exclusionary politics shrinks public discourse—a serious problem for European societies. Churches are called to be a uniting force in their local communities, build bridges with other partners with common values and commitments, and continually work for greater youth engagement.
A Christian family should be a shelter where one learns to love, to support, to care about the other, to offer hospitality and be attentive to sufferings. This path for justice and love can begin in the home and expand outward, reaching entire communities. Growing circles of nurture draw on the gifts and love of others and draw them into what we call family. We must not underestimate the importance of this understanding of family for the fate of our societies. It is, therefore, unacceptable that this right is undermined or violated for so many, especially asylum seekers, refugees, and minors who arrive to Europe unaccompanied. Member Churches are called to start a dialogue on the condition and attitudes toward family life, including gender justice, and how this impacts life in Europe today.

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Hundreds of Lawyers Who Are Passionate about Eliminating the Justice Gap to Attend the Elevate by LegalShield Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 giugno 2018

LegalShield, one of North America’s leading providers of affordable legal plans and the IDShield identity theft solution for individuals, families and small businesses, announced that it will hold its second annual Elevate by LegalShield legal conference from June 28 – 30, 2018, at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Lawyers from LegalShield’s panel of provider law firms and attorney network in all 50 states and Canada will come together for continuing legal education, and to network and engage with renowned legal experts who are passionate about eliminating the justice gap.“Elevate is an excellent venue for attorneys to continue their legal education, network and learn more about LegalShield directly from the company’s leadership team. It is personally and professionally gratifying to meet so many longtime colleagues in-person, including our network of LegalShield referral attorneys – some of whom we’ve worked with for years. That connection is a big part of the networking that comes from Elevate: building stronger relationships with other referral attorneys, building stronger relationships with the Provider Firm attorneys, and building stronger relationships with the people from the LegalShield corporate office,” explains Ronald Jones, Supervising Attorney at Davis Miles McGuire Gardner. Jones is presenting at a continuing legal education session titled “Ethics and Limited Scope of Law.”Elevate’s CLE sessions focus on timely, relevant topics that are disrupting the industry, including sexual harassment in the workplace, federal employment law and independent contractors, condemnation law and limited scope law. Sessions are priced at a significant discount compared to private CLE providers.Attendees will also be treated to a 45-minute comedic presentation and improv session from Second City, the renowned Chicago-based comedy tour de force.LegalShield prides itself on maintaining a startup culture and mentality, and it designed the Elevate agenda to focus on issues that are most relevant to lawyers today. Topics include how technology is affecting the practice of law, how small firms can innovate to build better practices, customer service in the legal profession, and growing your business through referrals. Service and information providers including ONE400, Practice Panther, Gideon, 1Law, Clio, LawPAK, Thomson Reuters, Accel Marketing Solutions, LawDroid. will showcase their offerings at The Tech Show, a product exhibition that is specifically geared toward the legal industry.

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UNICAM si aggiudica un finanziamento europeo nel Programma JUSTICE

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 30 maggio 2018

Camerino. Successo europeo per un progetto di ricerca dell’area giuridica, che si è aggiudicato un importante finanziamento da parte della Commissione europea, nell’ambito del programma Justice.A partire dal 2013 la Commissione Europea ha, infatti, istituito uno specifico programma per la promozione della giustizia nell’Unione Europea espressione della priorità politica data alla realizzazione di un’Europa del diritto e della giustizia.
Nell’àmbito del programma Justice, periodicamente vengono banditi finanziamenti per attività di studio e di ricerca nel settore della giustizia. La Commissione finanzia attività di analisi, come la raccolta di dati e statistiche, attività di formazione, attività di apprendimento reciproco, cooperazione e sensibilizzazione quali lo scambio di buone prassi, di approcci e di esperienze innovativi con lo scopo di migliorare la qualità dei servizi nell’àmbito della giustizia.UNICAM ha partecipato al bando 2017 con un progetto dedicato all’impatto dei nuovi regolamenti europei in materia di regimi patrimoniali tra coniugi e tra componenti di unioni registrate.
La ricerca intende individuare le principali problematiche poste da famiglie i cui componenti abbiano cittadinanze di Stati diversi e ideare strumenti contrattuali che possano condurre a soluzioni soddisfacenti sia per la regolamentazione dei rapporti patrimoniali sia per la gestione di eventuali conflittualità.Il progetto è stato presentato dalla prof.ssa Lucia Ruggeri, docente presso la Scuola di Giurisprudenza nonché Direttore della Scuola di Specializzazione in Diritto Civile, e vede come partner stranieri le università di Rijeka, di Lubjiana e di Almeria. Nei prossimi mesi, grazie al finanziamento ottenuto, sarà costituito un consorzio internazionale composto da tutti i partner del progetto, guidato da UNICAM, il quale opererà nel settore della giustizia civile fungendo da punto di riferimento per i professionisti europei di area giuridica chiamati a confrontarsi con la crescente realtà di famiglie c.dd. transnazionali. La presentazione del progetto è prevista a Bruxelles nel prossimo autunno.

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Venice Secrets: Crime & Justice

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 14 marzo 2018

Venezia dal 31 marzo al 1° maggio 2018, presso la prestigiosa location del trecentesco Palazzo Zaguri, in Campo San Maurizio in esclusiva Venice Secrets: Crime & Justice.
Un evento culturale unico che presenterà al pubblico reperti suggestivi e ricostruzioni che narrano di come la Serenissima applicava la Giustizia, in modo severo ma con pene certe e a tratti crudeli. Un percorso espositivo con oltre cinquanta documenti dell’Archivio di Stato di Venezia, associati a oltre sessanta strumenti di morte e tortura, provenienti da musei e collezioni private e pubbliche, italiane e straniere, che condurranno il visitatore alla conoscenza di importanti episodi, dal dramma del doge Francesco Foscari alla congiura del doge Marin Falier, dalla tragica fine del Carmagnola alla prigionia di Giacomo Casanova. L’esposizione rispetta i caratteri storici, architettonici e distributivi di Palazzo Zaguri al fine di fondere contenitore e contenuto, sfruttando le potenziali scenografie offerte dai ricchi ambienti sottoposti ad un attento recupero architettonico. Promotore Mostra: Venice Exhibition srl
Direzione: Morena Flammini Curatore: Davide Busato. Comitato Scientifico: Dr. Davide Busato (Storico), Dr. Michela Dal Borgo (Archivio di Stato di Venezia), Prof. Giovanna Fiume (Università di Palermo), Dr. Roberto Paparella (Museo Criminologico di Casale di Monferrato), Prof. Claudio Povolo (Università di Ca’ Foscari – Venezia) Patrocinio: Comune di Venezia, MIBACT, Archivio di Stato di Venezia, Università di Palermo, Sistema Museale di Ateneo Palermo, Associazione Narni Sotterranea – Comune di Narni, Amici dell’archivio di Stato di Venezia.

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More voices from Islamic countries call for Iran to stop persecuting Baha’is

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 luglio 2016

BangladeshDHAKA, Bangladesh — A group of Bangladeshi lawyers have joined the increasing numbers of Muslim intellectuals, religious leaders, and professionals worldwide who have called for an end to the persecution of Baha’is in Iran.In a letter dated May 29, 2016, signed by a dozen “law professionals of Bangladesh”, the group says it wishes to “express our condemnation to the government of Iran for the arrests of the Baha’is, including their seven leaders, only because of their religious belief and their imprisonment without any recourse to justice.” They continue: “The fact that The Baha’is are a peaceful community and the largest minority of Iran and being subjected to a premeditated program of hostility especially by the government who have closed the doors of all socio-economic opportunities including jobs, education and security for them is contrary to the norms of any civilized society, and, absolutely unacceptable!”

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The arrest of Hossam Bahgat

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 novembre 2015

cairoCairo. The International Center for Transitional Justice finds the arrest of Hossam Bahgat, one of Egypt’s leading human rights activists, an ominous sign of the country’s continuous slide into oppression under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. On Sunday, Bahgat was summoned by the Egyptian military intelligence and, after nine hours of integration, was transferred to a military prosecutor who charged him with disseminating “false information about the Army.” Bahgat could face up to five years’ imprisonment.ICTJ joins human rights organizations and defenders around the world in calling for Bahgat’s immediate release and for Egypt’s government to respect human rights and rule of law, particularly with regard to the freedom of the press and due process.“Hossam Bahgat’s clarion voice articulated the aspirations of Egyptians who took to the streets to end Mubarak’s dictatorship under the slogan ‘Bread. Freedom. Social justice.’ Bahgat’s arrest again shows that the military and President Sisi have decided to take the country in precisely the opposite direction, toward repression and fear. We stand in solidarity with Hossam,” said David Tolbert, president of ICTJ.The ongoing crackdown on journalists and demonstrators in Egypt, which has seen Bahgat detained by the military intelligence on baseless charges, clearly illustrates that the hopes of millions of Egyptians for a more just, rights-respecting society have been all but dashed under the current regime.When Bahgat spoke at ICTJ’s Annual Lecture on Transitional Justice in 2011, he was clear about the kind of society he and millions of Egyptians wanted: “[For true] reform, justice and accountability for crimes committed must be restored to promote democratization as well as economic growth.”“His words ring more true today than ever before,” said Tolbert. “Certainly the detention of journalists and the use of draconian anti-terrorism laws as an excuse by the military to suppress freedom of speech are the actions of authoritarian rulers, not a government aspiring to be seen as democratic and respecting international norms.”
According to reports, the military prosecutor ordered Bahgat to be detained for four days, until November 11. Bahgat’s lawyers do not have access to him today and the military prosecutor has refused to inform his lawyers as to his whereabouts. The last time anyone saw him was at 9:00 last night (EET) and his current whereabouts are unknown.The charges against him stem from an investigative piece he wrote in August on an attempted coup against the Egyptian president.Article 204 of Egypt’s 2014 Constitution allows civilians to be referred to military courts. It has been seriously challenged by Egyptian activists, some of whom are currently serving different sentences stemming from their involvement in demonstrations.
Bahgat founded the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), an independent Egyptian human rights organization that became one of the most effective and prominent human rights organizations in Egypt, in 2010. In 2013, Foreign Policy named Bahgat among the leading global thinkers of the year. That same year, Bahgat left EIPR and joined Mada Masr, an online news site, to pursue investigative journalism. He has written a series of high-quality investigative articles concerning the Egyptian army and military trials.

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Stati gernerali dell’esecuzione penale

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 ottobre 2015

chiostro insubriaComo Lunedì 2 novembre, a partire dalle 9.30 Chiostro di S. Abbondio, il Centro studi sulla Giustizia riparativa e la Mediazione dell’Università degli Studi dell’Insubria ospita, nell’ambito dei lavori del Tavolo 13 istituito presso gli Stati generali dell’esecuzione penale, le audizioni del Dott. Michael Kilchling, senior researcher presso il Max-Planck-Institut, Feiburg i. Br. e Direttore dello European Forum for Restorative Justice, del Dott. Giovanni Ghibaudi, coordinatore dell’Ufficio di Mediazione del Comune di Torino e della Prof.ssa Claudia Mazzucato, docente di Diritto Penale all’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano.
Le audizioni inizieranno alle 9.30 e si terranno nella Sala Riunioni del Chiostro di S. Abbondio a Como. In particolare, Michael Kilchling e Giovanni Ghibaudi interverranno in mattinata, dalle 9.30 alle 13.00, mentre l’intervento di Claudia Mazzucato si terrà alle 14.45.
Il Tavolo n. 13, dedicato a “Giustizia riparativa, mediazione e tutela delle vittime del reato” e coordinato dalla Prof.ssa Grazia Mannozzi, è uno dei 18 Tavoli tematici voluti dal Ministro della Giustizia Andrea Orlando: si occupa dei programmi di Giustizia riparativa, ossia quei percorsi che consentono alla vittima di recuperare una posizione di centralità nel procedimento penale e al reo di accettare la responsabilità delle proprie azioni, sanando così la lesione al tessuto sociale che la commissione del reato di fatto ha determinato.
Gli Stati generali dell’esecuzione penale sono iniziati a maggio e termineranno a novembre: sei mesi di ampio e approfondito confronto che porterà a definire un nuovo modello di esecuzione penale. Il lavoro conclusivo prodotto dagli Stati generali si tradurrà concretamente, sia a livello normativo che organizzativo, nelle nuove regole con cui si riformerà il sistema italiano dell’esecuzione penale. Ingresso libero previa iscrizione (foto: chiostro insubria)

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Justice and Home Affairs topics in committee and in plenary this week

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 ottobre 2015

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) The meeting will be webstreamed here.
On 27 October, the Civil Liberties Committee and the Budgets Committee will have a joint meeting to discuss the current state of play on the budgetary challenges and the current migration situation with the Commissioner responsible for Budget and Human Resources, Kristalina Georgieva, and the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos.The Commissioners will present additional measures in response to the refugee crisis not foreseen in the Commission’s initial draft budget proposal for 2016. These include increased emergency funding for the most affected Member States, additional funding for Frontex, EASO and Europol, as well as increased humanitarian funding. The proposal also covers support measures for the agricultural sector following the extension of the Russian embargo. (Tuesday, 14.15 – 15.45) The joint meeting will be webstreamed

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Data protection: 24 June press briefing on start of negotiations

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 giugno 2015

BruxellesA press briefing on the state of play and next steps in negotiations on the update of EU data protection rules will be given on Wednesday 24 June at 14.00, by Parliament’s chief negotiators, justice ministers from the outgoing and incoming Council presidencies and the EU Justice Commissioner. This joint press conference will be held in the European Parliament immediately after the first round of talks between Parliament, the Council and the Commission. Speakers
• Lead MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens/ EFA, DE)
• Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK)
• Latvia’s Minister for Justice, Dzintars Rasnacs, for the outgoing Council Presidency
• Luxembourg’s Minister for Justice, Felix Braz, for the incoming Council Presidency
• EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová

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Justice needs to be more child-friendly, finds FRA

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 6 maggio 2015

wolf-children (1)Each year hundreds of thousands of children across the EU are involved in legal proceedings. Justice systems need to do more to cater to the needs of these children, finds the latest report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Making justice more child-friendly is in the best interests of the child, improves child protection and their meaningful participation in judicial proceedings.“We cannot allow children to be confused or stressed when they participate in judicial proceedings,” says FRA’s interim Director Constantinos Manolopoulos. “The EU and its Member States have an obligation to ensure that child rights are respected and fulfilled. This is especially the case for judicial proceedings. Member States should also ensure that the Council of Europe guidelines on child-friendly justice are applied in daily practice by everyone involved.”Improving child rights’ protection in judicial systems is addressed by the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which all EU Member States have ratified. The Council of Europe produced special guidelines on child-friendly justice because this is an issue which affects many children. For example, around 74,000 children were victims of crime and 495,000 were affected by divorce in 11 EU Member States in 2010.FRA research reveals that child participation practices vary widely not just across, but also within, Member States, and these practices are not always child-friendly. This points to a need for clear and consistent standards and guidelines which should be systematically monitored. The research also identified the need for awareness raising measures and the special training of professionals.The key findings relate to specific child rights, for example:In recent years respect and fulfilment of the child’s right to be heard has improved, particularly in criminal proceedings. In civil proceedings children are not always heard. Greater efforts are needed to ensure that children are heard in safe and child-friendly rooms, using techniques appropriate for a child’s age and maturity. Children should be heard in as few hearings as possible involving a small number of well-trained professionals;National legislation often contains provisions on the right to information, but in practice there is significant variation in the way children are informed, when, by whom, about what and how. Regular, child-friendly information and material about child rights and judicial procedures, tailored to the child’s age, throughout the proceedings, can improve their trust in justice;Most Member States have made significant efforts to guarantee the child’s right to privacy and their right to protection from harm and re-traumatisation, especially in criminal proceedings. In practice, however, protective measures are often under-utilised. Separate rooms to prevent contact with defendants and the use of video recordings and video links by trained professionals in courtrooms and police stations should become standard practice in the EU to protect children adequately;Despite legal provisions on equal treatment, staff often lack the expertise to deal with children in vulnerable situations, such as those with disabilities or those with a minority ethnic background. There is a need to ensure that children’s access to justice and their treatment in judicial proceedings is effectively monitored to prevent any discrimination. Access to legal aid and support for children in vulnerable situations should be facilitated.The report also highlights a number of examples of promising practices.

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Civil Liberties MEPs visiting Washington press for equal rights for effective judicial redress for EU and US persons in data transfer cases

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 30 marzo 2015

washingtonIn a mission to Washington last week, Members of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee stressed to the US Department of Justice and to the US Congress the need to ensure for individuals whose personal data processed in the EU are transferred to the US equal rights for effective judicial redress as those granted for US persons, without no discrimination whatsoever.
“Our numerous talks with high-ranking officials of the Administration, as well as Members of Congress, showed that there is willingness on all sides to get equal treatment for EU and US persons when exchanging information across the Atlantic. Implementing this into legal acts as soon as possible is of paramount importance for rebuilding the trust of citizens as well as for improving transatlantic information Members of Congress, exchanges, especially for security purposes”, said Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens/EFA, DE, vice-chair of the Civil Liberties Committee) who led the mission to Washington and also the committee rapporteur on the EU-US “umbrella agreement” on data sharing for law enforcement purposes. The aim of the Civil Liberties Committee mission to Washington, D.C., which took place from 16 to 19 March, was 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 also provided updates on the EU data protection reform and on counter-terrorism initiatives, including the EU Passenger Name Records (PNR) proposal.One of the key objectives of the visit was to press for equal enforceable rights to effective judicial redress for EU individuals in cases of transfers of personal data to the US for law enforcement purposes. This is one of the last remaining barriers to concluding the EU-US “umbrella agreement”.While welcoming the initiative by which the US Administration acknowledges for the first time the discriminatory treatment of EU citizens in the US, the Civil Liberties Committee mission stressed to the US Department of Justice and to the US Congress the need to ensure for individuals whose personal data processed in the EU are transferred to the US equal rights for effective judicial redress as for US persons, without no discrimination whatsoever.The EU is currently negotiating with the US an international framework agreement (the so-called data protection “umbrella agreement”) in order to protect personal data transferred between the EU and the US for law enforcement purposes. This includes cases in which personal data is sent from the EU to the US for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of criminal offences, including terrorism.

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Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 luglio 2014

Strasbourg Monday 14 July, from 19.00 to 20.30Room: Louise Weiss (LOW) N1.4. Following the election to the European Parliament of former Commissioner Viviane Reding, the committees on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), Legal Affairs (JURI) and Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) will hold a hearing with Ms Martine Reicherts on Monday at 19.00, in Strasbourg.
Ms Reicherts, from Luxembourg, has been designated for the portfolio of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. Her mandate is expected to last until the end of October, when a new Commission is to be set up.Following the hearing, the European Parliament will vote on Ms Reicherts’ appointment as Commissioner on Wednesday, 16 July, at 9.00.

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Parliament elects new members of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 luglio 2014

european parliament The European Parliament elected on Thursday the 60 members of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) for the next two and a half years. The chair and vice chairs of the committee will be elected in its constitutive meeting on Monday 7 July, from 15.00 to 15.30, in Brussels.The full members of the LIBE committee are the following:
PPE (18) BECKER Heinz K.
BONI Michał
DATI Rachida
DÍAZ DE MERA GARCÍA CONSUEGRA Agustín
ENGEL Frank
GABRIEL Mariya
GÁL Kinga
HOHLMEIER Monika
HORTEFEUX Brice
KUDRYCKA Barbara
MACOVEI Monica Luisa
MATERA Barbara
METSOLA Roberta
NAGY József
SALINI Massimiliano
SÓGOR Csaba
UNGUREANU Traian
ZDECHOVSKÝ Tomáš
S&D (15) CHINNICI Caterina
FAJON Tanja
FLAŠÍKOVÁ BEŇOVÁ Monika
GOMES Ana
GUILLAUME Sylvie
IOTOVA Iliana
KAUFMANN Sylvia-Yvonne
KYENGE Kashetu
LAURISTIN Marju
LÓPEZ AGUILAR Juan Fernando
MORAES Claude
NIEDERMÜLLER Péter
POST Soraya
SIPPEL Birgit
WEIDENHOLZER Josef
ECR (6) HALLA-AHO Jussi
KIRKHOPE Timothy
ŠKRIPEK Branislav
STEVENS Helga
TOMAŠEVSKI Valdemar
von STORCH Beatrix
ALDE (5) GRIESBECK Nathalie
HYUSMENOVA Filiz
in ‘t VELD Sophia
MICHEL Louis
WIKSTRÖM Cecilia
GUE/NGL (4)ANDERSON Martina
BJÖRK Malin
ERNST Cornelia
VERGIAT Marie-Christine
Verts/ALE (4) ALBRECHT Jan Philipp
CEBALLOS Bodil
JOLY Eva
SARGENTINI Judith
EFDD (4) BATTEN Gerard
CORRAO Ignazio
FERRARA Laura
WINBERG Kristina
NI (4)MAEIJER Vicky
TOSI Flavio
VILIMSKY Harald
VOIGT Udo

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Annual Report in the Justice

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 giugno 2014

justiceThe EU Agency for Fundamental Rights is presenting its 2013 Annual Report in the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 5/6 June in Luxembourg. FRA’s Annual report underlines the need for the EU and its Member States to reaffirm and strengthen their joint commitment towards protecting and promoting fundamental rights. It suggests the creation of an internal fundamental rights strategy and an annual policy cycle to better link up and to regularly assess fundamental rights efforts at EU and national levels. As in previous years, FRA has mapped out the fundamental rights challenges and achievements that took place over the course of 2013 in its Annual report. In addition, the report contains promising practices on how to ensure that fundamental rights are better respected, protected and fulfilled across the EU.Some of the key concerns identified in 2013 include:
•General feelings of fear and high levels of under-reporting among victims, particularly hate crime victims, as also revealed by FRA surveys on violence and discrimination towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, on violence against women, and on antisemitism.
•The urgent need for EU-wide action to safeguard the lives and rights of migrants, as underlined by the tragic events off the Italian coast of Lampedusa.
The weakness of oversight structures in the context of large-scale surveillance programmes as revealed in 2013 and, in the context of data protection violations at national level, an apparent weaknesses in the authorities responsible for data protection.

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Meeting with national parliaments on the future priorities in the field of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 marzo 2014

BruxellesThe meeting, organised jointly by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee and the Committee on Public Administration, Public Order and Justice of the Hellenic Parliament, aims to boost the debate on the EU’s future priorities in these fields, on the basis of the progress made under the Stockholm Programme.There will be four sessions focused on the EU’s internal security strategy, migration and asylum, fundamental rights in the digital era and the development of a criminal justice area under the Lisbon Treaty. Apart from MEPs and national parliamentarians, commissioners Malmström and Reding will also take the floor to present the Commission’s communications on the future priorities in the Home Affairs and Justice area.

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