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- Thursday, 20 November, 9.00 – 12.30 in Brussels, room Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 1A002
- Wednesday, 3 December, 9.00 – 12.30 and 15.00 – 18.30 and
- Thursday, 4 December, 9.00 – 12.30 and 15.00 – 18.30 in Brussels, room Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 3C050
All the meetings are broadcasted live and recorded unless otherwise indicated.

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Exchange of views on European Public Prosecutor's Office

On 20th November at 10.00 in room PHS 1A03 the LIBE Committee will hold an exchange of views with the Italian presidency and the Commission on the state of play of the negotiations of the  EPPO - European Public Prosecutor's Office (2013/2155(APP)), Rapporteur Monica MACOVEI (EPP, RO). The establishment of a European Public Prosecutor's Office is an important step towards the establishment of a European area of criminal justice and the strengthening of the tools for fighting fraud against the Union’s financial interests.

Briefings on Commissioners' commitments

Policy Department prepared briefings to summarize the commitments Commissioners-designate made in their written answers to questionnaires and during their hearings before the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.
The briefings are available below.

Hearing on Judicial cooperation in criminal matters, 11/11

On Tuesday 11 November 2014 from 15.00 to 18.30 in room Jószef Antall (JAN) 2Q2, LIBE Committee hold a hearing on judicial cooperation in criminal matters focusing on the "Roadmap" on procedural rights of suspects and accused persons. After the adoption of the Directives on the right to interpretation and translation, on the right to information and on the right of access to a lawyer, the European Commission presented in November 2013 three new legislative proposals: a Directive on the safeguards for children suspected or accused in criminal proceedings, a Directive on certain aspects of the presumption of innocence and a Directive on provisional legal aid. The hearing took stock of the achievements in the development of the roadmap and provided a forum for debate about the proposals currently under consideration.

Exchange of views on terrorism, foreign fighters and presentation of TE-SAT report

On 5 November from 16.30 to 18.30 in room Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 03C050 the LIBE Committee hold an exchange of views on terrorism and foreign fighters in the presence of Mr De Kerchove (Counter-Terrorism Coordinator), Mr Wainwright (Director Europol), Ms Coninsx (President Eurojust), Ms Marinaki (Managing Director European External Action Service) and Mr Galzerano (Chairman Terrorism Working Party). The exchange of views was a high-level event on a politically very relevant and timely topic, with the main actors on EU level dealing with this issue addressing the Committee. The latest EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT) will be also presented.

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LIBE 11-11-2014 - 14:48  

A draft law that would oblige airlines to hand EU countries the data of passengers entering or leaving the EU, in order to help fight serious crime and terrorism, was discussed in the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday. MEPs were still divided on the issue, but most stressed the need to assess the European Court of Justice ruling annulling the data retention directive, to assess whether existing measures suffice before taking new ones and to put in place adequate data protection safeguards.

Presentation and responsibilities
Committee responsible for:
1.    the protection within the territory of the Union of citizens' rights, human rights and fundamental rights, including the protection of minorities, as laid down in the Treaties and in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union;
2.    the measures needed to combat all forms of discrimination other than those based on sex or those occurring at the workplace and in the labour market;
3.    legislation in the areas of transparency and of the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data;
4.    the establishment and development of an area of freedom, security and justice while respecting the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, in particular:
(a)    measures concerning the entry and movement of persons, asylum and migration,
(b)    measures concerning an integrated management of the common borders,
(c)    measures relating to police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, including terrorism, and substantive and procedural measures relating to the development of a more coherent Union approach to criminal law;
5.    the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Europol, Eurojust, Cepol, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office and other bodies and agencies in the same area;
6.    the determination of a clear risk of a serious breach by a Member State of the principles common to the Member States.
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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.