- Monday, 30 March 2015, 15.00 - 18.30 (Brussels) and
- Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 9.00 - 12.30 and 15.00 - 18.30 and
- Wednesday, 1 April, 9.00 - 10.30 (Brussels) in room Paul-Henri Spaak, (PHS) P1A002
Joint LIBE/DEVE debate on Migration and Development challenges:
- Wednesday, 1 April, 10h40 - 12h30 in room Altiero Spinelli (ASP) 3G3
All the meetings are broadcasted live and recorded unless otherwise indicated.
LIBE Committee sent a mission to Washington D.C. during the period 16 - 20 March 2015 which enabled Members to obtain up-to-date information on the state of play and progress in the US on major issues like: data protection, EU-US agreement on data protection for exchanges of personal data for law enforcement purposes (umbrella agreement), electronic mass surveillance and the current legislative works by Congress on framing surveillance activities, state of play on initiatives on privacy reform (bill of rights) and related issues (discussion on big data/open data), PNR, Safe Harbour and measures taken by US to address concerns raised by Parliament and Commission as regards problems of adequacy.The delegation met different stakeholders relevant to the above mentioned topics such as members of Congress, representatives from the Department of State, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, US Trade Representative, Department of Treasury, Department of Commerce, Federal Trade Commission, the Judiciary, civil society and academics.
Draft EU rules to ensure that the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty is fully respected in member states were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday. MEPs inserted amendments to prevent statements by public authorities that might suggest a suspect is guilty before a final conviction, ensure that the burden of proof stays with the prosecution and guarantee the rights to remain silent, not to incriminate oneself and to be present at trial. (Read more)
As Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) I am happy to welcome you to this page.
The LIBE Committee is responsible for the vast majority of the legislation and democratic oversight of Justice and Home Affairs policies. Whilst doing so, it ensures the full respect of the Charter of Fundamental Rights within the EU, the European Convention on Human Rights and the strengthening of European citizenship.
Our Committee carries out its work in daily interactions with the European Commission (representing the European interest), the Council of Ministers (representing the 28 Member States' governments and national interests) and in close cooperation with national Parliaments. Regular exchanges also take place with representatives from the judiciary, law-enforcement authorities, academics and civil society.
While fully respecting the national legal order, Justice and Home Affairs policies are aimed at tackling issues of a common interest at the European level, such as: the fight against international crime and against terrorism, the protection of fundamental rights, ensuring data protection and privacy in a digital age, fighting against discrimination based on racial or ethnic origin, religion, belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.
The LIBE Committee will do its upmost to continue building a fruitful dialogue with all interested parties and especially with citizens.