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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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Deal on revision of EU Border and Coast Guard Agency backed by Civil Liberties MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 aprile 2019

Civil Liberties MEPs confirmed the agreement reached with EU Council on new measures strengthening the European Border and Coast Guard Agency in a vote on Tuesday.
The changes to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) aim to remedy the current shortcomings and better respond to the present needs in security and migration.
The revision of Agency includes setting up a new standing corps to support EU countries on the ground in border control and return tasks as well as in the fight against cross-border crime. Starting with 5 000 operational staff in 2021, the standing corps would be fully operational by 2027 with 10 000 staff.Civil Liberties MEPs backed the deal in a vote by 33 votes in favour, 13 against and no abstentions.The agreed text now needs to be formally approved by the Parliament as a whole and the Council of the EU before entering into force.

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Deal on new rules against non-cash payment fraud approved by Civil Liberties MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 gennaio 2019

New EU rules to protect EU citizens against non-cash payment fraud, informally agreed by Parliament and Council in December, were confirmed by Civil Liberties MEPs.Non-cash payments, representing an increasing share of payments, are subject to various forms of fraud including credit card theft, skimming or phishing. The agreed changes aim to close the current gaps and differences among EU countries’ laws to enhance prevention, detection and punishment of these crimes.The new rules take into account traditional non-cash payments such as bank cards or cheques but also new means of non-cash payment, such as electronic wallets, mobile payments and virtual currencies.Read more about the informal agreement reached on 11 December 2018 here.Civil Liberties MEPs backed the deal in a vote by 45 in favour, 1 against, no abstentions.The agreed text now needs to be formally approved by the Parliament as a whole and the Council of the EU before entering into force. The Full House is likely to vote on the agreed text in February.

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Organised crime: Europol threat assessment debated by Civil Liberties MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 26 aprile 2017

europolCivil Liberties MEPs debated Europol’s report on serious and organised crime with Europol director Rob Wainwright. Europol’s director Rob Wainwright presented the report on ‘Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment, SOCTA, 2017 to Civil Liberties MEPs on Monday afternoon. The report identifies a number of threats affecting the internal security of the European Union, such as document fraud, money laundering and online trade in illicit goods and services, and gives recommendations to the Council of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers on priorities for the coming four years 2017 – 2021. According to Europol’s analysis, 5.000 criminal networks operate in Europe with people from more than 180 nationalities. The groups are diverse, flexible and can adapt easily to new environments. Drug trafficking counts as the largest criminal market, but also cybercrime, migrant smuggling, trafficking in human beings and organised property crime, are identified as serious threats and should be priorities for the future fight against organised crime, the report says.The exploitation of the rapid technological developments, such as the use of social media and the dark net, smuggling of unaccompanied minors, fraudulent ID-cards, and whether existing tools to fight cross border crime are sufficient, were among the topics raised by MEPs in the debate. In a separate debate following the SOCTA presentation, MEPs discussed the fight against cybercrime with experts from Europol’s Cybercrime Centre, Eurojust, civil society and data protection experts.

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Refugees in Greece: Civil Liberties MEPs discussed the situation with Migration Minister Mouzalas

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 12 marzo 2017

cartina-grecia-centrale-atticaMEPs of the Civil Liberties Committee discussed on Thursday with Greek Minister of Migration, Ioannis Mouzalas, the situation of the refugee and migrant population in the country and the possible ways forward.Mr Mouzalas underlined that the living conditions of migrant and asylum-seekers in Greece have significantly improved in the last months, although the situation in the Aegean islands continues to be “difficult”. Special efforts are being made regarding unaccompanied minors, he added. The Minister complained about the “hypocrisy” of the EU institutions and other member states, for pointing their finger at Greece for the treatment of refugees while at the same not providing the help they committed. He welcomed the proposal by Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE) to make the relocation of asylum-seekers mandatory: “this is a good basis”, he said.
According to UNHCR data, around 46 000 migrants and asylum-seekers continue to be stranded in Greece. Conditions have been particularly dire during the winter in the islands, where there are still over 13 000 people.
EU countries agreed in 2015 to relocate 63 000 asylum-seekers from Greece to other member states over two years, but so far less than 10 000 persons have effectively been transferred.

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EU borders: Civil Liberties MEPs vote to step up checks and data protection

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 marzo 2017

europeCivil Liberties MEPs voted on Monday for stronger protection and a shorter retention period for data stored in the new EU entry/exit system, which is designed to modernise and step up checks on non-EU nationals travelling to the European Union.The EU entry-exit system will speed up and strengthen border checks at the EU’s outer borders on non-EU nationals travelling to the EU. It will replace the stamping of passports with an electronic system that stores data on the traveller, so as to facilitate fast crossings while making it easy to detect over-stayers and document or identity fraud.
The proposed system aims to check that the authorised duration of a stay in the Schengen area is respected (90 days in any 180 day period) while at the same time strengthening security.Lead MEP Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES) said: “The approval of the Smart Borders legislative text clears the way to open negotiations with the Council and the Commission for a swifter and safer (registry) system external border crossings into the Schengen area. This is an indispensable tool for the security of European citizens”.His draft resolution was adopted by 38 votes to seven, with one abstention.

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European Border and Coast Guard multiannual programme

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 novembre 2016

europa comunitariaFrontex’ multiannual programme for 2017-2019 will be presented to the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday morning 11.30-12.30 by Fabrice Leggeri, Executive Director of Frontex. MEPs will also debate the implementation of the new European Border and Coast Guard regulation.The plans to upgrade the EU border control system, bringing together the EU’s Frontex border agency and national border management authorities, was endorsed by MEPs on 6 July 2016. The purpose of the new system is to ensure that the EU external borders are safer and better managed. Under the new mandate, national authorities will still manage their borders on a day-to-day basis but, if their EU external borders are under pressure, they will be able to seek help from the new European Border and Coast Guard Agency (EBCG). A rapid reserve pool of at least 1,500 border guards and a technical equipment pool will be put at the disposal of the Agency. The European Border and Coast Guard Agency was officially launched the beginning of October, less than a year after it was first proposed by the Commission.

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International police cooperation: Civil Liberties MEPs back draft deal with China to fight organised crime

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 settembre 2016

pechinoA draft agreement establishing police cooperation between Europol and China to strengthen the mutual fight against organised crime, such as trafficking in human beings, drug related crimes and cybercrime, was endorsed by Civil Liberties MEPs on Monday afternoon.
The new cooperation agreement allows for strategic cooperation only. This could involve exchange of information such as specialist knowledge, general situation reports, strategic analysis, information on criminal investigation procedures and the provision of advice and support in individual criminal investigations. The strategic agreement does not allow for any exchange of personal data.
According to Europol, China is increasingly relevant as a source-, destination- and transit-country in the fight against organized crime, such as facilitated illegal immigration, trafficking in human beings, drug related crimes, euro-counterfeiting, Intellectual Property Rights infringements, sport corruption, as well as cybercrime and money laundering related activities. Furthermore, China is home to several high-impact organized criminal groups.Under the current rules, Parliament must only be consulted before the Council establishes police cooperation agreements with third countries. However, in the recently concluded talks on new rules to govern Europol, Parliament’s negotiators insisted on inserting a review clause on all such agreements.This means that all existing international agreements between Europol and third countries will be assessed within five years after the entry into force of the new regulation in order to check that they comply fully with data protection standards and meet EU standards on policing.
Under the Lisbon Treaty, Parliament decides on an equal footing with Council on Europol. Once the new Europol regulation enters into force in 2017, Parliament is required to give the green light to new international police agreements.The committee endorsed the draft recommendation to establish police cooperation with China by 30 votes to 6, with 5 abstentions. The draft recommendation is scheduled for a Plenary vote during the first week of October in Strasbourg.

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Civil Liberties Chair calls for urgent clarity on the new Safe Harbour agreement

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 febbraio 2016

Theeuropean parliament will insist on the binding and written assurances suggested by the US for the new EU-US data transfer deal, Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes stresses after the Commission’s announcement on Tuesday. The Chair expresses his “key concerns about an announcement which is not underpinned by any actual text”.The Commission on Tuesday afternoon announced that they have reached a new EU-US agreement for a “Privacy Shield” to replace Safe Harbour.Speaking on the Commission’s proposal, the Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee in the European Parliament, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), said:”The new framework announced by Commissioner Jourová has no written text and my first concern is that it has too much in common with the previous Safe Harbour decision. The announcement does not indicate any measures which are legally binding on either party, but relies on “declaration” by the US authorities on their interpretation of the legal situation regarding surveillance by the US intelligence services. Another key concern is that the creation of an Ombudsman which could be a positive step forward in assessing the complaints of citizens does not seem to be underpinned in the current statement by sufficient legal powers. We await further developments on this proposal.It is imperative that on such an important agreement, which sees the transfer of mass EU and US business and citizens’ data with such high privacy and economic implications, that the newly named agreement “Privacy Shield” is quickly developed and the concerns expressed are quickly answered. Without a stronger legal backing, the proposals announced today could again be challenged by the European Court of Justice. Members of the European Parliament will insist that we have a strong agreement that would survive such a challenge.I am also concerned that there is no actual change in US law. Rather the agreement is based on an exchange of letters by an administration which is coming to its end. This is a shaky situation which needs to be addressed to give us confidence that “Privacy Shield” is something more substantial than is suggested in the initial announcement.”

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Fair trials: civil liberties MEPs back new EU rules on presumption of innocence

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 12 novembre 2015

european parliamentThe civil liberties committee on Tuesday approved a deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiators on new EU rules to ensure that the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in criminal proceedings is respected throughout the EU. The aim is to enhance the right to a fair trial and to strengthen member states’ trust in each other’s criminal justice systems. The new law will apply “at all stages from the moment when a person is suspected or accused of having committed a criminal offence, or an alleged criminal offence, until the final determination of the question whether the person has committed the offence concerned and that decision has become definitive”. Around nine million people are the subject of criminal justice proceedings every year in the EU.”Parliament fought successfully to get rid of the clause that gave member states a real possibility of reversing the burden of proof. The burden of proof lies with the prosecution. This is a key principle of criminal law and it was our red line. We also secured a paragraph preventing the use of evidence obtained in breach of Article 3 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR), i.e. as a result of torture, as well as a clause enshrining the absolute right to silence. Furthermore, we have ensured that the accused cannot be made to look guilty, before a verdict is reached, for example by being handcuffed or made to wear prison uniform,” said the rapporteur, Nathalie Griesbeck (ALDE, FR). Member states will be required under the directive to take measures to ensure that public authorities do not refer to suspects or accused persons as being guilty “before such persons have been proven guilty according to law”. This is without prejudice to acts of the prosecution which aim to prove the guilt of the suspect or accused person (e.g. the indictment), or to preliminary decisions of a procedural nature, such as decisions on pre-trial detention, provided that they do not refer to the suspect or accused person as being guilty.National authorities must also abstain from presenting suspects or accused persons as being guilty, in court or in public, “through the use of measures of physical restraint”, such as handcuffs, glass boxes, cages, and leg irons, unless the use of such measures is required for case-specific reasons, relating to security or to the need to prevent them from absconding or from having contact with third persons, such as witnesses or victims.
The burden of proof in establishing the guilt of suspects or accused persons is on the prosecution and any doubt should benefit the accused, under the rules agreed by Parliament and Council. The directive also includes safeguards to ensure that the rights of the defence are respected.The new rules state that the exercise of the right to remain silent and of the right not to incriminate oneself may not be used against a suspect or accused person and “shall not be considered as evidence that the person concerned has committed the offence which he or she is suspected or accused of having committed”.The new directive also lays down rules on the right to be present at one’s trial, sets out strict conditions under which trials would be allowed in the absence of the suspect or accused person, and clarifies the cases in which the accused would have the right to a new trial.
The agreement on the new directive still needs to be approved by the full House at a forthcoming plenary session. Once the directive has been formally approved by both Parliament and the Council, member states will have two years from the date of its publication in the EU Official Journal to transpose it into national law.

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Migration must be a priority of the 2016 budget too, emphasized MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 ottobre 2015

Devoting enough resources to handle the unprecedented migration crisis must be a priority of next year’s European budget, said MEPs on Tuesday at a joint meeting of the budgets and the civil liberties committee discussing the financing of the crisis with Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva and Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos in charge of migration issues. fuga migranti2MEPs urged member states to stick to their word and come up with resources they promised. They deplored earlier Council cuts to the originally proposed draft budget in areas which aim at stemming the reasons for migration, including funds for the poorest regions and development aid.”The refugees are not the culprits, they are victims themselves”, said Mr José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT), the rapporteur for the bulk of the 2016 budget. “These are extraordinary events, therefore they call for extraordinary funding,” he continued, adding that taking the money from other priority programmes could not be the solution.While welcoming the Commission’s topping up of its own original proposal for migration (through the draft amending budget 7/2015 and through an amending letter to the 2016 budget proposal), civil liberties committee rapporteur Mr Péter Niedermüller (S&D, HU) insisted that there must be full transparency of where the extra resources end up. “We know that Frontex can only organise the return of migrants at the request of member states. How can the extra €50 million for Frontex then be spent on its organising the return? There is no legal base.”
Commissioner Avramopoulos announced that a proposal will be tabled at the end of the year to review Frontex’s mandate. The proposal is due to deal with the returns and with the setting-up of a European border and coast guard system, he added.Several MEPs questioned whether funding of the refugee crisis was sufficient in the medium and long term, calling for the mid-term revision of the Union’s multiannual financial framework to rearrange the priorities and the associated budgets.Others wanted to see uniform asylum law in the Union and the financing of a common European border and coast guard system. Several MEPs called for more relocation of asylum seekers and less return of migrants.The Commission is ready to discuss the reallocation of national resources from the cohesion, the structural or the solidarity fund to the management of refugee flows if needed, said Commissioner Georgieva.

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CIA’s activities in the EU: Civil Liberties MEPs to take stock of member states’ involvement

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 ottobre 2015

BruxellesBruxelles. The Civil Liberties Committee will hold a public hearing on “Investigation of alleged transportation and illegal detention of prisoners in European countries by the CIA” on 13 October from 9.00 to 12.00 in room József Antall 4Q1, in Brussels. The aim is to take stock of all past and ongoing parliamentary and judicial inquiries relating to member states’ involvement in the CIA programme to gain insight on the extent to which the European Parliament’s recommendations have been followed.

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CIA detentions: Civil Liberties MEPs reiterate their call for Romania to investigate allegations of secret prison

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 settembre 2015

bucarest3A delegation from the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee visited Bucharest on 24-25 September to look into allegations that the CIA had been illegally detaining people in Romania. The mission was a follow-up of the resolution adopted by Parliament in February on the US Senate report on the use of torture by the CIA. MEPs will continue their work on illegal detention and torture of prisoners by CIA on the European soil. The Civil Liberties Committee delegation to Romania was headed by Tanja Fajon (S&D, SL). Other members participating were Eva Joly (Greens/EFA, FR), Laura Ferrara (EFDD, IT) and Jeroen Lenaers (EPP, NL). Ramona Mănescu (EPP, RO), member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, was an accompanying member. The delegation met with representatives of civil society and investigative journalists and with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prosecutor General and several members of the Romanian Parliament.Tanja Fajon (S&D, SL), the head of the Civil Liberties Committee delegation to Romania, said:”The report by the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from last December revealed new facts that reinforce allegations that a number of EU member states, including Romania, were involved in the CIA secret detention and extraordinary renditions programme and had secret prisons in their territory.We reiterated our call on Romania to investigate the allegations that there was a secret prison where people were held under the CIA programme and to prosecute those involved in these operations, taking into account all the new evidence that has come to light, and to conclude the investigation as a matter of urgency”.
Eva Joly (Greens/ EFA, FR) said:”The respect for fundamental rights and the rule of law is an essential element in successful counter terrorism policies. Those policies, despite their particular nature, are not exempt from the principle of accountability and there can be no impunity for violations of international law and human rights.It is time now that those member states that were allegedly cooperating in CIA rendition and secret CIA detention programmes promptly initiate an effective investigation”.
Laura Ferrara (EFDD, IT) said:”If serious human rights violations have taken place on European territory it is our obligation to reveal the truth. We are aware of the efforts made until today and we encourage Romania to continue with the research work and the investigations as there are questions that have not been answered yet.The gravity of the allegations about secret sites on Romanian soil deserve every possible effort to seek clarification. The members of the delegation express their disappointment for not having been able to visit a building repeatedly reported as having been used as a detention site. The Civil Liberties Committee will continue its work on illegal detention and torture of prisoners by CIA on the European soil”.

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Civil Liberties MEPs to debate Spanish Security Law

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 luglio 2015

european commissionThe Civil Liberties Committee will debate concerns over the new Spanish Security Law with the European Commission.  Questions on the law’s compatibility with fundamental rights, in particular its possible impact on data protection, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly or the presumption of innocence, have been raised by several organisations and are likely to be addressed during the debate.The Spanish Citizens’ Security law was passed on 26 March 2015, together with the reforms of the Criminal Code. It entered into force on 1 July 2015.

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Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee to address situation in Hungary

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 Mag 2015

The european parliamentConference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders) this morning decided that Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee will address the situation in Hungary as a matter of urgency, further to the statement by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán about a possible restoration of the death penalty and the preparation of a questionnaire designed to encourage Hungarian citizens to state positions on immigration questions.Parliament’s President Martin Schulz will contact Civil Liberties Committee chair Claude Moraes to this end. Mr Schulz reiterated at the Conference of Presidents meeting that the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights prohibits the death penalty and that its reintroduction is not compatible with EU membership. A telephone conversation between Mr Schulz and Mr Orbán should hopefully take place very soon.

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The Civil Liberties Committee will hold an extraordinary meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 marzo 2015

strasbourgStrasbourg Monday 9 March, 19.00 – 19.45 in Room: Salvador de Madariaga (SDM) 1. European Public Prosecutor’s Office – vote on a draft interim report by Monica Macovei (EPP, RO)The proposed European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) would have the exclusive competence for investigating, prosecuting and bringing to judgment crimes against the EU budget. Every year, around €500 million in EU expenditure and revenue is lost due to suspected fraud.The European Commission tabled the proposal to create a EPPO in July 2013. The Council will have to approve it by unanimity after obtaining the European Parliament’s consent. This new interim report aims to outline the political priorities of the European Parliament and underline principles and conditions under which Parliament might consent to the proposal. In its EPPO resolution of 12 March 2014, Parliament made a number of political suggestions addressing some of the most crucial aspects at stake: structure, independence, decision making process, competence, investigation tools, admissibility of evidence, judicial review and legal protection.

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The Civil Liberties Committee will hold a meeting on

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 febbraio 2015

BruxellesBruxelles Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 February Room: József Antall (JAN) 6Q2 This meeting will bring together national and European parliamentarians to discuss the smart borders proposals: an Entry/Exit System (EES) and a Registered Traveller Programme (RTP). Proposed by the Commission in 2013, the smart borders package aims to improve the management of the external borders of the Schengen member states, fight against irregular immigration and provide information on over-stayers, as well as facilitate border crossings for pre-vetted frequent third country national travellers. The input of national parliaments is sought not only in general terms but also against the background of very diverging national situations (as regards their geographical location, the types of borders, the travel flows etc.) and experiences (as regards, for example, the use of national entry/exit systems or types of registered traveller programmes). The meeting will provide input for the committee rapporteurs, Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES) and Tanja Fajon (S&D, SL), while awaiting revised proposals announced for late 2015/early 2016 by the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos.
– EU agency for law enforcement training (Cepol) – vote on a draft report by Kinga Gál (EPP, HU) (Tuesday, 15.00 – 15.20)
– Electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens: follow-up to the EP resolution of 12 March 2014 on the US NSA surveillance programme, surveillance bodies in various member states and their impact on EU citizens’ fundamental rights and on transatlantic cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs – consideration of a working document by Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) (Tuesday, 17.45 – 18.30)
– Annual report by the French Council of State (Conseil d’Etat) on digital technology and fundamental rights – presentation by Jacky Richard, Vice-President and general rapporteur of the Research & Studies Department, and Laurent Cytermann, deputy general rapporteur, master of petitions, Council of State (Conseil d’Etat), France (Tuesday, 17.00 – 17.45)
The Civil Liberties Committee will also meet on Thursday 26 February (agenda to follow)

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At the start of today’s Civil Liberties Committee meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 gennaio 2015

Paris-antenne-vue-eiffel-tourIn the last Civil Liberties Committee meeting, I already said a few words about the recent attacks in Paris. The immediate attention was of course on catching the terrorists, giving condolences to the victims’ families and supporting the freedom of speech. However, in the days that followed, the debate has been broadened towards our actions to fight terrorism and radicalisation.
In an emergency meeting of Home Affairs Ministers in Paris on 11 January, a series of issues were raised, among which, preserving and defending the rule of law and the foundations of democracy; implementing UN resolutions 1377 and 2178; fighting radicalisation, in particular on Internet; reducing the supply of illegal firearms throughout Europe; better sharing of intelligence information; detecting and screening travel movements by European nationals crossing the EU’s external borders, including with a possible amendment to the Schengen Borders Code; adopting a constructive approach with the EP on EU PNR, including intra-EU PNR; ensuring consistency between internal and external actions, including within the Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF); fostering cooperation with the United States and Canada; addressing these matters in the informal Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council in Riga, on 29 January.
Obviously all these points are of key interest to our committee and we are directly involved in related legislative work.
In the recent days, we have heard several EU leaders asking for additional measures to be taken or new legislation to be adopted. However, we should take great care not to rush too quickly into setting up new instruments or adopting new legislation. We need a “counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation roadmap” to analyse the problems and gaps and to come up with a comprehensive package of measures at all levels (local, national, EU and international), aiming at all the factors involved (prevention, protection, detection, repression).
Both the Council and the Commission are working towards this roadmap, with a meeting of the European Council scheduled on 12 February.
Let me set out for you now quickly how our roadmap in the Civil Liberties Committee – in terms of upcoming meetings and activities – would look like in this field:
– Last Monday 19 January: Foreign Affairs Council discussed the external dimension of the fight against terrorism;
– The Council Group on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security (COSI) met yesterday 20 January;
– Today: Ministers Kozlovskis and Rasnačs (Latvian Presidency) as well as Commissioners Jourová and Timmermans will speak before the Civil Liberties Committee;
– The College of Commissioners will be meeting this morning and discuss anti-terrorism measures;
– Next 27 January: I have invited Commissioner Avramopoulos, the EU Anti-Terrorism Coordinator and representatives of the Raising Awareness Network (RAN) to brief the committee on deradicalisation;
– 28 January: Plenary discussion on counter-terrorism;
– 29 January: Informal JHA Council in Riga will discuss anti-terrorism (which I will attend, as well as two rapporteurs from the committee);
– early February: the French Interior Minister Cazeneuve may meet the Civil Liberties Committee Coordinators;
– February: Eurojust may present in the Civil Liberties Committee a report on criminal justice response on counter-terrorism/foreign fighters;
– 12 February: European Council devoted to counter-terrorism (President Schulz to attend);
– 18 February: International Summit on countering violent extremism hosted by President Obama;
– February-May: Civil Liberties Committee to draft a strategic own-initiative report on radicalisation and foreign fighters and another one on prisons;
– March: Civil Liberties Committee to hold a hearing on the fight against terrorism;
– 12-13 March: JHA Council;
– June: joint hearing by the Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) and the Security and Defence Subcommittee (SEDE) on Solidarity Clause (Art 222 TFEU, which includes obligations on the Union to prevent terrorist threat and on the European Council to regularly assess threats facing the Union).
As to PNR: on 4 February the rapporteur and the shadows will hold a meeting with national experts on the issue. After that the rapporteur will come back with a possible timeline.

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The Civil Liberties Committee will hold a meeting on

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 gennaio 2015

Emily O’ReillyBruxelles Thursday 8 January, from 9.00 to 12.30 Room: Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 1A002 – Ombudsman’s Inquiry on access to documents regarding the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP) – The Civil Liberties Committee will hold an exchange of views regarding the letter of the European Ombudsman on access to the second inspection report of Europol Joint Supervisory Body (JSB) on the TFTP. The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, as well as representatives from Europol, the JSB and the European Commission will take part in this discussion with the members of the committee on Thursday, from 9.50 to 11.00.- Annulment of the data retention directive – The EP Legal Service will present to the Civil Liberties Committee its opinion on the data retention directive 2006/24/EC following the judgment of the EU Court of Justice of 8 April in cases C-293/12 and C-594/12. The presentation and exchange of views will take place on Thursday, from 11.00 to 12.30.The full agenda and meeting documents are available here

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Migration: MEPs quiz Commission and Council on plans to prevent further deaths in the Mediterranean

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 6 novembre 2014

african_migrants.jpg.crop_displayThe Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee approved today oral questions addressed to the European Commission and to the Council on the situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration. MEPs want to know what are their plans to step up solidarity and a fair sharing of responsibility among member states, to ensure that search and rescue obligations are effectively fulfilled and to improve cooperation with third countries, among other issues.The oral questions to the Commission and Council are to be addressed in the plenary of 24 to 27 November, with a debate. A resolution is then expected to be voted in December’s plenary session.
Oral question on the situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration
In October 2013 the EP adopted its resolution on migratory flows in the Mediterranean. Shortly after Council set up a “Task Force Mediterranean” followed by several Commission Communications. In October 2014, the JHA Council adopted conclusions on “Taking action to better manage migratory flows”.
Could Council and Commission:
1) explain how to step up solidarity and a fair sharing of responsibility (in compliance with Article 80 TFEU) on the one hand towards Mediterranean Member States – initial destination of the refugees and migrants – but also on the other towards Member States of final destination which receive the highest numbers of refugees and asylum-seekers;
2) explain how to ensure that search and rescue obligations are effectively fulfilled, while tackling the criminal behaviour of smugglers and traffickers; and provide information on the practices by smugglers and traffickers in particular in relation to the causes of migrant deaths;
3) indicate whether they consider it necessary to broaden the activities of Frontex and confirm how long Triton is expected to last and how it will be funded in the medium and long term;
4) explain how they intend to develop safe and legal routes for asylum seekers and refugees into the EU;
5) explain how they strengthen the common resettlement policy and encourage higher and fairer participation by Member States;
6) explain how they will improve the overall strategy on cooperation with third countries, in particular on regional protection, resettlement, returns and to address the root causes of migration; what form will that strategy take in conflict zones, such as Libya and Syria?
7) explain how they intend to develop a comprehensive approach to migration, including adequate legal migration channels, as announced by President Juncker in his opening statement in EP;
8) provide a detailed analysis on how Home Affairs funds are spent in this context, including emergency funds, in particular for actions in the field of migration and asylum, border control, fighting smuggling and trafficking, and return, as well as funds relating to EU foreign and development policy;
9) explain how they will ensure an effective implementation of the CEAS and guarantee effective common standards for reception, procedures and qualification throughout the EU, protecting the most vulnerable and encouraging the social inclusion of refugees; whether the Commission is willing to launch infringement procedures if needed and whether it would revise the legislation if monitoring showed it is necessary.

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