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 - Wednesday, 5 November, 9.00 – 12.30 and 15.00 – 18.30 and
 - Thursday, 6 November, 9.00 – 12.30 and 15.00 – 18.30 in Brussels, room Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 3C050
- Monday, 10 November, 15.00 - 18.30 and
- Tuesday, 11 November, 9.00 – 12.30 and 15.00 – 18.30 in Brussels, room Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 3C050
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Hearing for the appointment of the EDPS and the Assistant Supervisor, 20.10

On 20 October, from 19.00 to 22.30, in meeting room Louise Weiss (LOW) N1.3 in Strasbourg, the LIBE Committee will hold a hearing for the appointment of the European Data Protection Supervisor and the Assistant Supervisor. The appointment procedure is based on Article 42 of Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data.

LIBE - AFET exchange of views on Counter-Terrorism

On 16 October from 11.30 to 12.30 in meeting room Paul-Henri Spaak PHS 3 C 50, AFET and LIBE Committees will hold a joint meeting in order to have an exchange of views with Jean-Paul LABORDE, United Nations Executive Director of Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). The joint Committee meeting underscores the intertwined character between external and internal policies in combatting terrorism, radicalization and the rising phenomenon of "foreign fighters".

Joint debate on the procedural rights package

On 16 October from 10.00 to 11.00 in room József Antall (JAN) 2Q2, LIBE Committee will hold a joint debate on three proposed Directives in the field of the procedural rights of accused and suspected persons in criminal proceedings. The proposals were presented by the Commission in November last year and concern the specific procedural safeguards for children suspected or accused in criminal proceedings, the strengthening of certain aspects of the presumption of innocence and of the right to be present at trial in criminal proceedings and the  provisional legal aid for suspects or accused persons deprived of liberty and legal aid in European arrest warrant proceedings. They are part of the procedural rights Roadmap adopted by the Council in 2009.

Joint debate on Smart Borders package

On 16 October from 9.00 to 10.00 in room József Antall (JAN) 2Q2, the LIBE Committee will hold a joint debate on the Smart Borders Package. The European Commission will present the study on technical options for a smart borders pilot.

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LIBE 21-10-2014 - 18:55  

Mr Giovanni Buttarelli was voted top candidate for the post of European Data Protection Supervisor by the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday after three and a half hours of hearings on Monday evening. Top candidate for Assistant Supervisor is Mr Wojciech Wiewiorowski. The appointments still need to be agreed with the Council of Ministers.


"The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency were outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers in a series of meetings held in July and September."

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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.