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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 259

Posts Tagged ‘police’

International police cooperation – MEPs give green light to deal with Brazil to fight organised crime

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 marzo 2016

europolA new agreement establishing police cooperation between Europol and Brazil to reinforce the fight against organised crime, such as facilitating illegal immigration and human trafficking, drug related crimes and credit card fraud and other cybercrime related activities was passed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Wednesday by 42 votes to 5, with 6 abstentions.”The agreement on strategic cooperation between Brazil and Europol will be of particular importance, particularly in the run up to the 2016 Olympic games, to support the fight against organised crime, including human trafficking and cybercrime”, said Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) who is responsible for steering the proposal through Parliament.”This agreement will enable the exchange of specialist knowledge, information as well as advice and support related to criminal investigations with full respect of fundamental rights to privacy and without involving the exchange of personal data,” he added.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, Parliament will be required to approve all new international police agreements.
The recommendation to establish strategic cooperation between Europol and Brazil is scheduled for a Plenary vote in April. Once Parliament has been heard, the Council of Ministers can authorise Europol to formally conclude the agreement, so that it can enter into force.

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International police cooperation: MEPs OK deal with United Arab Emirates to fight terrorism and crime

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 dicembre 2015

arabia sauditaA new agreement establishing police cooperation between Europol and the United Arab Emirates to strengthen the mutual fight against organised crime, terrorism and other forms of serious, international crime was passed by Parliament on Tuesday by 490 votes to 159, with 44 abstentions.”This is absolute crucial at this moment in time. We need to concert our efforts in order to prevent criminals from having access to funds because this is a grave breach of the rights of our citizens”, said the rapporteur Alessandra Mussolini (EPP, IT). “This is a strategic agreement, it’s not an operational measure and therefore it excludes personal data. As Europol has stressed several times, the United Arab Emirates are becoming a centre of economic and financial crime. It is clear that a more structured cooperation would strengthen the role of Europol in solving concretely investigations whose outcome involves European countries. The cross-border criminal networks can only be dealt with energetic cooperation.” she added.The new 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.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, Parliament is required to give the green light to new international police agreements.

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MEPs back Budapest as next European Police College seat

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 febbraio 2014

ungheria-budapest-2Budapest should temporarily host the European Police College (CEPOL), said the Civil Liberties Committee in a vote on Thursday. MEPs backed to move the seat of the EU police training body from its current location in Bramshill (UK) to the Hungarian capital, but they urged the European Commission to review this decision by 2019 and put forward a cost-benefit analysis of all possible options.The current CEPOL seat is located in Bramshill, but the UK government announced that it no longer wished to host it. MEPs say that the costs related to the change of seat should be fully covered by the UK and by additional EU money to avoid any additional burdens to the regular CEPOL budget.Under the approved text, MEPs call on the Commission to review the CEPOL regulation by 2019 at the latest, “including by performing a thorough cost-benefit analysis and impact assessment of all possible options, and if appropriate table legislative proposals to amend it”.
MEPs regret that the European Parliament was not fully involved in the evaluation of applications and that only one candidate was presented to the Civil Liberties Committee, despite other 6 countries had applied for the CEPOL seat (Ireland, Greece, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands and Finland).MEPs approved the mandate to start negotiations with the Council on this issue by 36 votes to 10, with 3 abstentions.

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The Social Policy of Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 maggio 2010

The European Commission must propose legislation that would combat social inequalities, and  create conditions for a convergence of social insurance and welfare systems in all member  states. This would cover salaries and pensions, and would establish “floors” and “ceilings” for  social benefits. The EU should create a mechanism to monitor member states’ social policies and, if needed, should issue binding recommendations for member states to ensure that the EU moves closer to a common EU social system. The EU should ensure compliance with existing anti-discrimination regulations, in particular  those which deal with gender equality, and which focus on the elderly and people with special  needs, thus ensuring their active and continued role in the labour market and in society.  The EU should increase social protection for vulnerable members of society in all phases of life,  such as elderly people, the disabled or poorer members of society, homeless and unemployed, as well as carers. It should rate countries’ spending of GDP and impose enforceable targets for  member states in the fight against poverty. These measures should be given particular attention  in times of economic recession. In order to rejuvenate its population, the EU should encourage Member States to develop policies to support families, for instance providing support for stay-at-home parents, including financial support, child benefits or fiscal incentives for larger families. Special attention should be afforded to single-parent families and large families. The EU has to work on a better balance between work and family for all. It should enable parents and other citizens with nursing tasks, enabling them to fully participate in working life,  by investing in day-, late-afternoon and night-kindergartens, parental leave and retraining. The EU should formulate minimum standards on these issues.  The EU should ensure that all Member State have equal and truly borderless status despite  their peripheral geographical location. It should do this by ensuring that all travel taxes are removed/revised, by regulating travel to isolated member states to avoid over-dependence on particular transport providers and by providing assistance to reduce the burden for passengers and traders which arise from additional transport and travel costs.

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Protecting citizens’ rights on the internet

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 marzo 2009

Governments, police, private companies and even criminals all want access to our personal data, and the internet stores endless details of our private lives that can be used – or abused. MEPs and experts debated the need to protect personal data at a Civil Liberties Committee hearing on 5 March.A report by Stavros Lambrinidis (PES, GR), adopted unanimously by the committee on 17 February, is the first recommendation by MEPs for reconciling the fight against cybercrime and the rights of surfers: freedom of association and expression, non-discrimination and other rights that can only be defended by EU legislation, as the internet knows no frontiers.European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx said that “at the beginning it was fashionable to speak of cyberspace, which gave the impression that the internet was different to our world.  But now it has become an integral part of our everyday life, it is part of the real world”.  Therefore “we must apply the same values as we do in our society (…), fundamental rights must apply and that’s that”, he stated.  Nevertheless, the internet does have new features, notably in the area of monitoring responsibility.  “In the old world it was fairly simple.  On the internet there is a system of layers, responsibility is more complex and therefore tends to vanish.  This must be clarified”, he argued, although he did not wish to see “an environment of permanent surveillance”. Jim Killock, of the Open Rights Group, believed it was also important “to ensure that a charter of rights comes into being very soon”. He invited the EU institutions to look into the case of the United Kingdom, where “the Oyster Card (editor’s note: the electronic travel card used for public transport in London) enabled over 400 pieces of information to be transmitted to the police in a few months”.

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