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Protection of Holy Sites and Worship Places in Europe and the Middle East

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 novembre 2017

conferenceIn the run up to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, European churches are urging the European institutions to increase their efforts to ensure respect and protection of places of worship and holy sites, both in the EU law and in the Common Foreign and Security Policy.
The forty participants of the conference emphasised that several gaps in the international legal regime, governing such sites, need to be filled, in particular a common definition and legal remedies. To buy, build, own, maintain, restore and use such religious places are part and parcel of the fundamental right to Freedom of Religion or Belief, they said.The conference explored different legal, political and cultural contexts of the theme. This included Western Europe, with its increasingly secular setting, as well as regions where religious sites have been politicized in conflict situations, such as in Kosovo (UNSCR 1244/1999), in the divided Cyprus, in Ukraine, in Syria and in the City of Jerusalem, which holds special significance to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.For Cyprus, His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Nova Justiniana and All Cyprus spoke about the need of de facto protection of the churches in Cyprus. Religious monuments in the country are not under the effective control of the Republic of Cyprus and are often vandalized with the Turkish Cypriot side doing little to prevent that. Legal owners are also often denied access to and prevented from worshiping at their holy sites. “Using the right of access to places of worship for political ends is not conducive to dialogue,” said Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.Speaking about the Holy Land, His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of Jerusalem and all Palestine, said that over the last several months, a new level of threat has emerged to the stability of conference1Jerusalem as a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious society of which the diverse holy sites are concrete evidence, and that the churches have become increasingly concerned about their properties.
For Syria, Bishop Armash Nalbandian, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Damascus, talked about the great suffering his community that has lived through during the civil war. He emphasized the desire to return the country to relative harmony between different faiths that existed before the conflict.Fr Sava Janjic, Abbot of Dečani Monastery in Kosovo (UNSCR 1244/1999), demanded that “political leaders in the Balkans should demonstrate more commitment to the protection of cultural and religious heritage of vulnerable communities and make more efforts to prevent further destruction of holy sites”.The moderator of CEC Thematic Reference Group on Human Rights, Rev. Dr Göran Gunner, stated that “the destruction of a place of worship often deeply affects the identity of a religious person, who wants the site to be preserved for the present and future generations with dignity, integrity and respect.” (photos: )

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GDPR al giro di boa, dodici mesi alla privacy europea

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 15 maggio 2017

computer-da-tavoloViene identificato con l’acronimo GDPR, che in inglese significa “General Data Protection Regulation”, ed è il nuovo Regolamento europeo sulla protezione dei dati, entrato in vigore il 24 maggio 2016 con due anni di tempo per adeguarsi, ma il primo anno a disposizione è già passato velocemente, e adesso ad aziende e pubbliche amministrazioni rimangono solo 12 mesi per mettersi in regola per non esporsi a multe che potranno arrivare fino a 20 milioni di euro o al 4% del fatturato globale annuo.
Ormai in prossimità del “giro di boa” verso la piena operatività del Regolamento 2016/679, il presidente di Federprivacy Nicola Bernardi, commenta così: “Nei primi dodici mesi dall’entrata in vigore del nuovo testo comunitario, professionisti e manager hanno speso molto tempo in congressi e meeting per ragionare sulle numerose novità della data protection, ma intanto metà del tempo a disposizione se ne è già andato. Ora le aziende devono stringere sui tempi e passare tempestivamente dalle parole ai fatti, perché dal 25 maggio 2018 l’Autorità Garante applicherà inesorabilmente il nuovo sistema sanzionatorio, e per questo gli addetti ai lavori nei prossimi mesi non avranno più molti spazi per dedicarsi a eventi dispersivi, che toglierebbero loro tempo prezioso da dedicare alle complesse attività necessarie per adeguarsi entro la scadenza”.
Per chi ancora non si è aggiornato, l’unica strada saggia da percorrere a questo punto è quindi quella di puntare su formazione intensiva e qualificata, e il 24 maggio 2017 si svolgerà a Roma un workshop full immersion sul Regolamento UE 2016/679, promosso da Federprivacy con il patrocinio dell’Istituto Italiano Privacy e dell’Associazione Nazionale per la Difesa della Privacy.
Liberi professionisti e manager di imprese e p.a. avranno quindi l’opportunità di aggiornarsi e confrontarsi con gli esperti della materia sulle principali novità del Regolamento europeo, tra cui temi come il principio di “accountability”, la “privacy by design”, il “one-stop-shop”, il “data breach”, il “privacy impact assessment”, e la nuova figura del “data protection officer”, su cui Federprivacy presenterà in anteprima un nuovo videoclip informativo.
Il workshop si svolgerà al Palazzo del’Informazione, ed è accreditato dal Consiglio Nazionale Forense, riconosciuto dal TÜV Examination Institute con i crediti per i professionisti certificati come Privacy Officer e Consulenti della Privacy, ed è valido anche ai fini dell’Attestato di Qualità per i soci Federprivacy.

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Migrant child protection still a grave concern

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 24 aprile 2017

migrantesThe treatment of asylum-seeking and migrant children continues to be worrying in many parts of Europe. This is one of the main concerns from the latest summary report of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on migration-related fundamental rights in selected EU Member States which points to inadequate living conditions and support leading to ill-heath. The Agency’s latest summary identifies pressing fundamental rights issues that need addressing in various EU Member States. Some of the main findings include:
Asylum-seeking and migrant children continue to suffer in many countries. Unaccompanied children often receive little support and can be housed with adults they do not know. Their health and wellbeing can also deteriorate, resulting in suicide attempts, as they approach adulthood or face moving to other parts of the country or being returned following failed asylum claims. Methods for assessing age, where, for example the Swedish Migration Agency found 60% of all cases to be insufficiently investigated, pose problems for children in many cases. In addition, not enough guardians, staff lacking the skills or time to deal with migrant children, and too few places in adequate and secure facilities, all compound the difficulties children face.
The pattern of new arrivals is changing with numbers rising in Greece but particularly in Italy, and dropping significantly in Hungary, where a smart fence with speakers warns against irregular crossing in different languages. In Spain, the use of small boats to arrive grew by 62% in the first three months of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.
Asylum patterns are also changing with applications rising in Italy and falling in Germany and Hungary. In Hungary, the transit zone policy has left some 8,000 people waiting in Serbia to enter and only 5 people per working day are being admitted to each of the two transit zones.
Overcrowding, poor facilities and the growing use of detention remain problematic, particularly in hotspot and reception facilities. Healthcare for people with mental health issues or suffering anxiety and depression, and privacy for women continue to be issues.
Hate speech, particularly online, continues to remain high. In the Netherlands over a fifth of all online hate speech was found to target asylum seekers and migrants.
In some countries the political response to the migration situation continues to become more restrictive. Legislative initiatives in several Member States aim at restricting appeals, increasing detention, and facilitating and accelerating returns. Society in many Member States is also becoming more polarised with demonstrations for and against migration and asylum.
The European Commission asked the Agency to collect data about the fundamental rights situation of people arriving in Member States particularly affected by large migration movements. The reports cover 14 Member States: Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

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Missing refugee children: MEPs call for better protection

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 marzo 2017

european-parliamentMEPs called for safe environments for unaccompanied refugee children, including immediate appointment of guardians, hotlines and increased cross-border cooperation, in Wednesday’s debate with Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on the disappearance of migrant children in Europe.Members also debated how to make it easier to trace the children, by taking photos or fingerprints, and underlined that the fight against criminals exploiting them should be stepped up. It is feared that some of these children are being sexually exploited by criminal gangs or forced to beg or commit crimes. Others may have disappeared while searching for their families in other EU countries or out of desperation over cumbersome asylum procedures or detention in reception centres. Around 10,000 unaccompanied refugee children have gone missing after arriving in Europe, Europol estimated in 2016.

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A decade of human rights protection

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 marzo 2017

box-eubidrag“The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights can be justifiably proud of what it has achieved in its first 10 years,” said FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “However, we are well aware of the challenges we face in upholding the values that are the foundation of our shared societies. Respect for human rights can never be taken for granted, as we can see from the high levels of intolerance, lack of respect and discrimination around the EU. We must find ways of renewing our commitment to the fairness, justice and equality on which our societies were built.”
“In these times of change we sense that old certainties are crumbling, but we have not yet found new solutions to help us face the challenges before us,” said Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen. “This uncertainty makes it all the more important to stand up for the fundamental principles on which our societies are based: that the human rights to freedom and dignity are universal and inalienable. 10 years ago, the European Union demonstrated its profound commitment to human rights by establishing the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. The Agency’s work is now more vital than ever.”
“The European Union is founded on our common values. It has and will always stand for our basic democratic values, for freedom,for tolerance and the rule of law,” said Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. “It is the 10th anniversary of the Fundamental Rights agency which has worked hard to promote fundamental rights in the EU. At the same time, I’m deeply concerned that in Europe and beyond, fundamental democratic freedoms are questioned. We all know where isolationism and nationalism have led us in the past. I am convinced that protecting fundamental rights and the rule of law is the only response.”In 2017 and beyond, the Fundamental Rights Agency will focus on today’s most urgent human rights quandaries, from migration and asylum, through xenophobia and discrimination, to the very contemporary challenges of privacy, surveillance and hate speech in the digital age. At the same time, the Agency is increasing its efforts to boost public awareness and rekindle support for the protection of human rights; the rights of every individual living in the European Union.

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Transnational experiences of prevention and protection

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 31 gennaio 2017

madridMadrid Spain Venerdì 3 Febbraio 2017, ore 0:00 / 4 Febbraio 2017 Univ. Rey Juan CarlosMichela Fusaschi, professoressa di Antropologia culturale e projet director (Dip Scienze Politiche ) del Progetto Daphne Multisectorial Academic Program to prevent and combat female Genital Mutilation (FGM/C) insieme agli altri componenti del team di Roma Tre: Francesco Pompeo, professore di Antropologia sociale (Dipp. Sc. Formazione), Valentina Vitale e Giovanna Cavatorta, post doc, prenderanno parte ai lavori dell’international seminar Socio-cultural and legal aspects of MGF/C: transnational experiences of prevention and protection.

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Commission launches new initiative to improve health and safety of workers

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 16 gennaio 2017

european commissionInvestment in occupational health and safety improves people’s lives by preventing accidents and work-related illness. Building on past efforts,the Commission’s new initiative aims to better protect workers against work-related cancer, to help businesses, in particular SME’s and micro-enterprises, in their efforts to comply with the existing legislative framework, and to put a bigger focus on results and less on paperwork.
Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, said: “Today we present a clear action plan for sound occupational safety and health at the workplace in the 21st century with rules that are clear, up-to-date and effectively applied on the ground. We also deliver on our commitment to fight work-related cancer, by addressing exposure to seven more cancer-causing chemicals which will improve protection of some 4 million workers in Europe. We join forces with Member States and stakeholders to create a healthy and safe workplace for all.”
Over the last 25 years, when the first Directive was agreed at EU level in this field, the EU has been a front-runner in high standards of worker protection against health and safety risks at work. Since 2008, the number of workers who died in an accident at work dropped by almost one fourth, and the percentage of EU workers reporting at least one health problem caused or made worse by work decreased by nearly 10%. However, the challenges remain large: it is estimated that about 160 000 Europeans die from illnesses related to their work every year. Keeping workers safe and healthy in the workplace by safeguarding and updating the high European standards is a top priority.

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MEPs back EU-US data protection deal on exchanges for law enforcement purposes

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 dicembre 2016

europeThe EU-US Umbrella Agreement on the protection of personal data exchanged for law enforcement purposes was backed by a broad majority of MEPs on Thursday. The deal will ensure high, binding data protection standards for data exchanged by police and law enforcement authorities across the Atlantic.
The Umbrella Agreement covers the transfer of all personal data, such as names, addresses or criminal records, exchanged between the EU and US for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of criminal offences, including terrorism.
“The outline of transatlantic data protection is becoming clear”, said Parliament’s lead MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens, DE). “In future there will finally be high, binding standards and strong rights for citizens on both sides of the Atlantic when data are exchanged between police and law enforcement agencies. After six years of negotiations, we are raising data protection with the USA to a new level. Citizens’ fundamental rights will be better protected than they are by mere mutual recognition of today’s low standards.”
“The agreement is not a legal basis for data transfers, but protects those data that are already exchanged legally. Data protection authorities can check compliance at any time”, he added.The deal will ensure that citizens on both sides of the Atlantic will have the right to:
– be informed in the event of data security breaches,
– have inaccurate information corrected and
– judicial redress at court.
It also sets limits on onward transfers of data and retention periods.
Proposals from the ALDE and GUE groups to seek an opinion from the European Court of Justice on the Umbrella Agreement’s compatibility with the EU Treaties were voted down.
By 481 votes to 75, with 88 abstentions, Parliament paved the way for Council to adopt the final decision which would conclude the international agreement.

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Effective privacy protection – “bytejail®” grows up

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 19 maggio 2016

protectMünsingen, May 2016 | Instead of spending a lot of money for defense and protection, “bytejail” takes the easy way – data encryption and secure outsourcing. What is no longer there, cannot be stolen, hacked or illegally copied. The software application protects sensitive data of users – commercial as well as private – from spies, hackers and thieves with high grade encryption, anonymization, and special off-site data storage. The ever-increasing incidences of data theft, ongoing electronic eavesdropping attacks, as well as the insecure data legislation of many countries were the motivation behind the development of the product “bytejail®” by EAM GmbH.
We offer individual users and companies the opportunity to finally be once again “master of the situation” or to bring the situation “under control.” To store confidential documents, sensitive project information, or innovative developments on inadequately protected servers or in clouds is enormously risky. This fundamental risk is often still increased through “low statutory data protection” prevailing in many countries around the world. EAM GmbH has been implementing sophisticated projects in a solution-oriented manner since 2006. Creative programmers met up with professional project managers and in approximately 24 months discovered the solution for high-profile data encryption and anonymization – a highly secure off-site storage of “sensitive data” is also an innovative component of the “bytejail®”product. The product is patented and trademark-protected.The 4 main characteristics of “bytejail®” are as follows:
High-quality and technically up-to-date encryption of sensitive data to be kept out off the hands of third parties.
Highly secure off-site storage of local data in a special data center, which users can select themselves – in a country with high legal data protection legislation (currently Switzerland, soon Germany, and other countries are planned as well.
Anonymous storage structure – without exception: “Privacy by Design” was a guideline in the development of the product.
End user software that delivers both easy of use and advanced configuration options. Further information: (https://bytejail.com) (photo: protect)

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Logic Instrument launches business tablet for 349€

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 15 marzo 2016

tabletLogic Instrument presents the Logic 116 Pro, which combines the advantages of tablets and the functionality of a laptop. With its latest development, the specialist for rugged mobile computer presents for the first time a tool dedicated to enterprises that wants to equip their sales force with a Windows 10 tablet that is at the same time ultra-mobile, lightweight, powerful and complete thanks to its detachable keyboard.Weighting only 700 grams, the 11.6-inch Full-HD device can be used easily and conveniently anywhere you go – ideal for frequent travelers. More than adequate performance is ensured by a fast Intel® Atom™ x5 quad-core processor and 4GB of RAM. Data is stored on the 116 Pro’s 64 GB internal memory or on SD cards up to 64 GB. The integrated hinged stand allows viewing of videos and presentations without having to hold the device. If necessary, the tablet can be transformed effortlessly via a click-in keyboard into a laptop. When not in use, the keyboard is used as protection for the screen.The Logic 116 Pro uses Windows 10 as operating system and is thus ideally suited for the use with Microsoft’s Office programs for working in a familiar effective environment.

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EU PNR and data protection reform: lead MEPs to brief committee on negotiations

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 novembre 2015

China-Eastern-AirlinesCivil Liberties Committee MEPs negotiating both the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal, on the use of air passengers’ data to fight terrorism, and the EU data protection reform (regulation and directive) in three-way “trilogue” talks with the Council and Commission will brief the committee on their progress on Monday from 17.10 to 18.10. Parliament aims to reach a deal on these files by the end of 2015.
First, the committee will hear Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens/EFA, DE), rapporteur on the general data protection regulation covering the bulk of personal data processing in the EU, and Marju Lauristin (S&D, ET), rapporteur on the directive on processing data to prevent, investigate, detect or prosecute criminal offences or enforce criminal penalties, from 17.10 to 17.40.
Next, Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK), rapporteur on the EU PNR proposal, which would oblige airlines to hand their passengers’ data to EU countries in order to help the authorities to fight terrorism and serious transnational crime, will brief MEPs on the progress of negotiations with the Council and Commission from 17.40 to 18.10.

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Legal Affairs MEPs call for better protection for traditional know-how

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 settembre 2015

Geographical indication (GI) protection should be extended to regionally and locally manufactured goods and handicraft products rooted in traditional know-how so as to preserve local cultural heritage and boost growth, say Legal Affairs Committee MEPs in a non-legislative resolution voted on Tuesday. MEPs urge the Commission to propose a single European geographical indication protection system for non-agricultural products without delay.”I welcome the support of the Legal Affairs Committee. This is a first step towards a European protection of European know-how. But it is now for the European Commission to take up the case, and I hope it will lead to a proposal for European legislation soon, already as part of Commission’s communication on the internal market expected for sagra peperone1October”, rapporteur Virginie Rozière (S&D, FR) said after the vote.The committee’s non-legislative resolution supporting extension of EU-level protection instrument from agricultural products and foodstuffs to non-agricultural products was approved unanimously (with 3 abstentions).
Legal Affairs MEPs urge commission to propose legislation with the aim of establishing system for geographical indication (GI) protection, which could be used to indicate a specific geographical origin, certain qualities and traditional techniques of non-agricultural products, such as Laguiole knives, Bohemian glass, Scottish tartan, Carrara marble and Aubusson tapestry. “A link with the territory of production is essential in order to identify the special know-how and designate the quality, authenticity and characteristics of the product”, MEPs stress.In addition, geographical indications can have great economic potential and it can bring significant benefits especially for SMEs and EU regions, MEPs point out.
The protection system could also help to enhance traceability and help consumers to make better-informed choices by eliminating the confusion caused by misleading names or descriptions. System could also help combatting counterfeiting, fraudulent use of names of geographical origin and other unfair practices, MEPs add.
Mechanism for registration of products should be “most efficient, simple, useful and accessible”, Legal Affairs MEPs also propose and stress that the new system should keep costs and red tape for businesses to a minimum.
The text approved by the Legal Affairs Committee still needs to be endorsed by Parliament as a whole. A plenary vote is scheduled for 6 October (TBC).

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Legal Affairs MEPs call for better protection for traditional know-how

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 settembre 2015

agricolturaGeographical indication (GI) protection should be extended to regionally and locally manufactured goods and handicraft products rooted in traditional know-how so as to preserve local cultural heritage and boost growth, say Legal Affairs Committee MEPs in a non-legislative resolution voted on Tuesday. MEPs urge the Commission to propose a single European geographical indication protection system for non-agricultural products without delay. “I welcome the support of the Legal Affairs Committee. This is a first step towards a European protection of European know-how. But it is now for the European Commission to take up the case, and I hope it will lead to a proposal for European legislation soon, already as part of Commission’s communication on the internal market expected for October”, rapporteur Virginie Rozière (S&D, FR) said after the vote.The committee’s non-legislative resolution supporting extension of EU-level protection instrument from agricultural products and foodstuffs to non-agricultural products was approved unanimously (with 3 abstentions).
Legal Affairs MEPs urge commission to propose legislation with the aim of establishing system for geographical indication (GI) protection, which could be used to indicate a specific geographical origin, certain qualities and traditional techniques of non-agricultural products, such as Laguiole knives, Bohemian glass, Scottish tartan, Carrara marble and Aubusson tapestry. “A link with the territory of production is essential in order to identify the special know-how and designate the quality, authenticity and characteristics of the product”, MEPs stress.In addition, geographical indications can have great economic potential and it can bring significant benefits especially for SMEs and EU regions, MEPs point out.
The protection system could also help to enhance traceability and help consumers to make better-informed choices by eliminating the confusion caused by misleading names or descriptions. System could also help combatting counterfeiting, fraudulent use of names of geographical origin and other unfair practices, MEPs add.
Mechanism for registration of products should be “most efficient, simple, useful and accessible”, Legal Affairs MEPs also propose and stress that the new system should keep costs and red tape for businesses to a minimum.
The text approved by the Legal Affairs Committee still needs to be endorsed by Parliament as a whole. A plenary vote is scheduled for 6 October (TBC).

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Statements by the co-chairs of the delegation to Sicily on migration as an unprecedented challenge requiring a holistic approach

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 luglio 2015

mediterraneoMr Jean Arthuis (ALDE, FR), co-chair of the delegation on part of the Committee on Budgets:”We praise the efforts by the Italian authorities to have put in place such a complex reception system and, more in general, to cope with an exceptional migratory pressure at Italy’s sea borders. The financial and logistical resources provided by the EU are by all means not sufficient. The capacity of Italy’s reception centres is some 83,000 places, and Italy spends over €1 billion every year just to take care of those making it across the Mediterranean. The member states have to understand that Italy’s borders are the EU borders, and a better management of the migratory flows is our common responsibility. The EU has to stop acting as a mere migration coordinator. The real burden now falls mainly on frontline member states, like Italy. We have to speed up the legal procedures for those who have the right to be granted international protection, but also swiftly apply age-determination procedures in case of serious doubt about the allegedly unaccompanied minors and repatriate economic migrants to safe countries. Finally we have to consider extending at European level the bilateral agreements Italy has drawn up with countries such as Tunisia and Egypt to implement effective return policies for economic migrants, offering those countries economic support and development aid. Migration poses an unprecedented challenge to the EU and we have a true duty of solidarity towards those who flee war, poverty and persecutions. Currently we are more passive spectators than significant contributors and actors in solving the problems. There is an urgency to remedy this national approach. This is a common problem requiring a European solution”. Ms Iliana Iotova (S&D, BG), co-chair of the delegation on behalf of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs: “In Italy, we saw that the reception system was too often fragmented, inconsistent, left to the goodwill of regional authorities, mayors, local police representatives and NGOs. There is an urgent need to radically change the Dublin regulation on asylum seekers. It was agreed in a moment in time where the migratory pressure was not as high as it is now. We have to solve the problem of economic migrants in a better and more coordinated way. Legal procedures for their repatriation are lengthy and therefore expensive, and in the meantime Italy has to take care of hosting them. The visit to Italy has proven even more the need for a holistic EU approach to migration. The recent measures proposed by the Commission are a first step in the good direction, but they are not enough. We are deeply disappointed with the short-sighted results of the last Justice and Home Affairs Council, where ministers decided the relocation of only around 32,000 asylum seekers in the next two years, instead of the originally-planned 40,000. The number should be increased, and the system has to be obligatory and permanent.The proposal to create hotspots, such as the one being set up in Catania, with the participation of EU agencies, national authorities of the host State and experts from the other member states, will help in the relocation process and in creating a truly common approach.In fact what we currently see is an endemic lack of solidarity among the EU member states. Countries such as Italy, Greece, Malta and Bulgaria are left alone dealing with a global problem, for which a global, holistic solution is needed at the EU level”.

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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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Pope Francis offers hope in encyclical on caring for our common home

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 giugno 2015

vaticanoPope Francis sets out a vision for rebalancing the inequalities between rich and poor in his first encyclical Laudato Si’, on ‘Caring for our Common Home’.Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila in the Philippines said the encyclical reflects what Caritas is witnessing in poor communities around the world:“I visit communities where people are living on trash heaps. Children are born in trash, grow up and die there. They feel like trash. This is not God’s creation, this is manmade. Pope Francis is inviting everyone to reflect on this reality. He is calling on us to ‘aim for a new lifestyle’, to change the economic structures that have caused so much harm and regain our responsibility for others and the world. Laudato Si’ will inspire the work of Caritas organisations for years to come.”
The encyclical touches on key aspects of Caritas’ work around the world such as the environment, labour exploitation, agriculture and social inequality. President of Catholic Relief Services/Caritas USA was one of the four people to present at the launch of the encyclical in the Vatican on Thursday.“Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years,” writes Pope Francis in the letter. “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”The papal letter looks at “the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet”. It comes at a key time for global development. The UN will launch the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in September, where Pope Francis will attend.
World leaders will then gathering in Paris for the UN Climate Conference in December. “Recent World Summits on the environment have failed” writes the pope, calling climate change “one of the principal challenges facing humanity”. The pope calls on governments to make binding commitments to “ensure the protection of ecosystems”.The encyclical says climate change is a symptom of a wider sickness. Caritas says it calls for a transformation from the way we live now to one of greater respect for people and the planet. “The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation,” writes the pope. “Every ecological approach needs to incorporate a social perspective which takes into account the fundamental rights of the poor and the underprivileged …by itself the market cannot guarantee integral human development and social inclusion”.Caritas says Laudato Si’ is above all a message of hope and of action. Pope Francis writes, “All is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start”.Individually, the pope writes, we have a responsibility to live more frugal lives where we end the cycle of wanting more as it means less for the poor and less for the planet. He is inviting everyone to play a role, highlighting that other faiths are engaging. He says that Christians must realise that their “duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith’”.

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Migration: Parliament calls for urgent measures to save lives

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 aprile 2015

labour-migrationThe EU should do everything possible to prevent further loss of life at sea, e.g. by expanding the mandate of “Triton” operation in the Mediterranean to include “search and rescue operations at EU level” and by setting up “a robust and permanent humanitarian European rescue operation, which, like Mare Nostrum, would operate on the high seas”, says a resolution voted by Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs also call for a binding quota for distributing asylum seekers among all EU countries, bigger contributions to resettlement programmes, better cooperation with third countries and tougher measures against people smugglers.Parliament urges the EU and its member states to establish a clear mandate for Triton, “so as to expand its area of operation and increase its mandate for search and rescue operations at EU level” (Triton is coordinated by the EU border agency Frontex and currently extends only 30 nautical miles from the Italian coastline).The EU and its member states should ensure that “search and rescue obligations are effectively fulfilled”, stresses the resolution, which was approved by 449 votes to 130, with 93 abstentions.Parliament calls for “a robust and permanent humanitarian European rescue operation, which, like Mare Nostrum, would operate on the high seas and to which all member states would contribute financially and with equipment and assets”. MEPs urge the EU to co-fund such an operation.EU countries should also continue to show solidarity and commitment by stepping up their contributions to the budgets and operations of Frontex and the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), MEPs add. Parliament also undertakes to provide these agencies with the resources (human and equipment) needed to fulfil their obligations “through the EU budget and its relevant funds”.Parliament regrets that the 23 April European Council did not pledge to set up a binding EU-wide solidarity mechanism. To respond to the latest tragedies in the Mediterranean with “solidarity and fair sharing of responsibility”, MEPs say that:the European Commission should establish a “binding quota” for distributing asylum seekers among all EU countries,member states should make full use of existing possibilities for issuing humanitarian visas and seriously consider whether to trigger the 2001 Temporary Protection Directive or Article 78(3) of the TFEU (both foresee a solidarity mechanism in the event of mass and sudden inflows of displaced persons),EU countries should make greater contributions to existing resettlement programmes, and the Common European Asylum System rules should be rapidly and fully transposed into national law and implemented by all participating member states.
The resolution calls for closer coordination of EU and member state policies in tackling the root causes of migration and more cooperation with partner countries in the Middle East and Africa.It also calls for the strongest possible criminal sanctions against human trafficking and smuggling and urges member states and EU agencies to work more closely to detect and trace these criminal networks’ funding and identify their modus operandi, so as to prevent them from making money by putting migrants’ lives at risk.The purpose of this resolution is to respond to the recent tragic events in the Mediterranean, to the European Council conclusions of 23 April 2015 and to propose a set of urgent measures to be taken immediately. The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee is currently drafting a report which will reflect Parliament’s medium- and longer-term policy orientations on migration.

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Joint Statement on Mediterranean Crossings

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 aprile 2015

Onu palaceUN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration and Development Peter Sutherland, and Director-General of the International Organization for Migration William Lacy Swing. A tragedy of epic proportions is unfolding in the Mediterranean. We, the undersigned, strongly urge European leaders to put human life, rights, and dignity first today when agreeing upon a common response to the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean.The European Union is founded on the fundamental principles of humanity, solidarity and respect for human rights. We urge EU Member States to demonstrate moral and political leadership in adopting a holistic and forward-looking action plan centred upon these values.The European Union response needs to go beyond the present minimalist approach in the 10 Point Plan on Migration, announced by the EU on Monday, which focuses primarily on stemming the arrival of migrants and refugees on its shores. As a paramount principle, the safety, protection needs, and human rights of all migrants and refugees should be at the forefront of the EU response. EU leaders must look beyond the present situation and work closely with transit and origin countries both to alleviate the immediate plight of migrants and refugees and address in a more comprehensive way the many factors that drive them to resort to such desperate journeys by sea. Enforcement alone will not solve the issue of irregular migration, but could increase the risks and abuse faced by migrants and refugees.We would therefore encourage bold, collective action to expand the range of measures under consideration to include:Setting in place a State-led, robust, proactive, and well-resourced search-and-rescue operation, urgently and without delay, with a capacity similar to Mare Nostrum and a clear mission to save lives.
Creating sufficient channels for safe and regular migration, including for low-skilled migrant workers and individuals in need of family reunification, and access to protection where needed, as safe alternatives to resorting to smugglers.
Making a firm commitment to receive significantly higher numbers of refugees through EU-wide resettlement, in addition to current quotas, and on a scale which will make a real impact, combined with other legal means for refugees to reach safety.
Bolstering arrangements to support those countries receiving the most arrivals (Italy, Malta, and Greece) and to distribute responsibility more equitably across the European Union for saving lives and protecting all those in need. Combatting racist and xenophobic rhetoric vilifying migrants and refugees.

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Zurich in Italia tra le migliori Migliori Compagnie per Innovazione nella Protection

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 aprile 2015

Zurich_CityDurante la cerimonia di premiazione dell’Italy Protection Awards 2015, Zurich in Italia è risultata una delle Migliori Compagnie per Innovazione nella Protection.L’identificazione di Zurich è avvenuta tramite un sistema di votazioni online a cui hanno partecipato oltre 3.400 persone che hanno selezionato Zurich tra oltre 20 compagnie di assicurazione. I voti così raccolti sono stati poi validati dalla giuria dell’Italy Protection Award 2015.Il riconoscimento va a premiare l’impegno di Zurich nei prodotti Protection. Nel corso del 2014, infatti, Zurich Investments Life ha lanciato l’innovativa polizza Zurich Viceversa, un’assicurazione Temporanea Caso Morte per due, funzionale a qualunque tipologia di coppia, che in caso di decesso di uno dei due assicurati nel corso della durata contrattuale garantisce il pagamento del capitale all’assicurato sopravvivente e la conclusione del contratto. Si tratta di un prodotto moderno e innovativo che innova il mondo delle polizze vita basandosi su un nuovo principio: entrambi i soggetti sono assicurati stipulando un’unica polizza.“Rispondere ai bisogni reali di una società in continua trasformazione è l’impegno quotidiano di Zurich – ha commentato Stefano Racco, Head of Proposition Life per Zurich in Italia – Questo riconoscimento ci rende molto orgogliosi perché premia il nostro impegno costante nell’offrire attraverso la nostra rete di distribuzione prodotti sempre nuovi e innovativi a favore di tutta la collettività, e testimonia ulteriormente l’autorevolezza della nostra Compagnia a livello di mercato”. Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich), leader nei servizi assicurativi, è operativa sia nel ramo danni che nel ramo vita, servendo i propri clienti a livello globale e su singoli mercati locali grazie ad oltre 55.000 collaboratori. Tra i clienti di Zurich vi sono privati, piccole e medie imprese e grandi società, comprese aziende multinazionali, in oltre 170 paesi. Fondato nel 1872, il Gruppo ha la propria sede centrale a Zurigo, in Svizzera. La società holding Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (ZURN), quotata alla SIX Swiss Exchange, è presente sul mercato statunitense mediante un programma American Depositary Receipt di Livello I (ZURVY) negoziato fuori borsa su OTCQX. Maggiori informazioni su Zurich sono disponibili all’indirizzo http://www.zurich.com.
Zurich in Italia. Zurich è presente in Italia dal 1902 ed opera attraverso una rete di circa 600 Agenzie e accordi di distribuzione con banche e reti di promotori finanziari, nell’area della protezione assicurativa, del risparmio e della previdenza.

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Cross-border police training should focus on security issues and have sufficient funds, MEPs say

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 febbraio 2015

Security_strategyThe European Union agency for law enforcement training, CEPOL, should focus on areas with a cross-border dimension and closely linked to the EU Internal Security Strategy, Civil Liberties MEPs said on Tuesday afternoon voting amendments on a new law to govern the agency. They also stress that CEPOL should promote respect for fundamental rights and data protection in law enforcement and that the agency should be allocated sufficient funds.The draft report by MEP Kinga Gál (EPP, HU) stresses that CEPOL should focus on “thematic areas that have a clear Union added value and a cross- border dimension, closely linked to the EU Internal Security Strategy”, to ensure effectiveness and avoid duplicating work done at the national level. In particular, the focus should be on “preventing and combatting serious and organised crime affecting two or more member states and terrorism” and on cybercrime and financial investigations.The agency should also be allowed to carry out trainings, and not just serve as a support function, MEPs say and underline that the agency must have “a sufficient and autonomous budget” to carry out its tasks. Furthermore, CEPOL should “promote a common respect for and understanding of fundamental rights in law enforcement including privacy, data protection and the rights, support and protection of the victims, witnesses and suspects”.The seat of CEPOL will be Budapest, but MEPs ask the Commission to present a cost-benefit analysis and impact assessment on the seat within two years of the entry into force of the new regulation.The draft report was adopted by 43 votes in favour, 4 against and 4 abstentions.
Civil Liberties MEPs decided by 42 votes in favour, 2 against and 3 abstentions to give the rapporteur a mandate to open up negotiation with the Council in view of reaching an agreement on the final wording of the law.

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