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Next LIBE committee meetings

Next LIBE committee meetings will take place on:
Thursday 10 April 2014, 9.00 – 12.30 in room Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) P3C050.
All the meetings are broadcasted live and recorded unless otherwise indicated.
LIBE Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens: Edward Snowden's testimony

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Study: EU financing for NGOs in the area of home affairs, security and migration

This study analyses the EU financing for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the area of home affairs, security and migration. It describes the general principles of EU financing for NGOs, quantifies and qualifies the EU financing for NGOs in the area of home affairs, security and migration, assesses the administrative burden faced by NGOs applying for and receiving EU grants, and examines the state-of-play of measures undertaken by the European Commission to ensure the transparency, effectiveness and efficiency.

Report on the LIBE delegation to Italy and debate on the prison conditions in EU

On 10 April from 11.10 to 12.00 in room Paul Henri Spaak (PHS) P3C050, the LIBE Committee will hold a general debate on the prison conditions in EU Member States. The report on the LIBE delegation to Italy on 26-28 March will also be presented. The aim of the delegation was to gather information on the prisons system in Italy. The delegation visited three prisons in Rome and Naples and had several meetings with Italian authorities and organisations, in order to assess detainees' rights and conditions, pre-trial and prison regime for foreigners and the execution of sentences.

Exchange of views with Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-terrorism Co-ordinator

On 31 March at 15.45 in room JAN 4Q2, the LIBE Committee had an exchange of views with Mr Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-terrorism Co-ordinator on anti-terrorism and security-related issues.

Exchange of views with Vice-President Neelie Kroes on Internet Governance

On 31 March 2014, at 17.00 in room József Antall (JAN) 4Q2, the LIBE Committee hold an exchange of views with Vice-President Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for the Digital Agenda for Europe on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, on Internet Policy and Governance - Europe's role in shaping the future of Internet Governance (Text with EEA relevance).

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CONT LIBE 20-03-2014 - 11:12  

Rules on prosecuting and punishing fraud against the EU budget were voted by the Budgetary Control and Civil Liberties committees on Thursday. In amendments to a draft anti-fraud law, MEPs clearly defined the offences for which member states would have to introduce criminal penalties, such as fraud, passive and active corruption, money laundering or dishonest bidding for public procurement contracts. Fraud costs the EU budget an estimated €600 million each year.

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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, 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;
5. the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Europol, Eurojust, Cepol 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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The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) is in charge of most of the legislation and democratic oversight for policies linked to the transformation of the European Union in the area of freedom, security and justice (AFSJ) (art. 3 TEU). These policies are intertwined with the implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in EU territory and with the strengthening of European Citizenship.
The European Union carries out work in this domain with the joint commitment of the Member States, their national Parliaments and the judiciary and civil society. As a consequence, the area of freedom, security and justice could become the core of the new EU legal order after the Lisbon Treaty; while simultaneously fully respecting the national legal order (art. 67 TFEU).
To implement these objectives, a multi-annual strategy (the so called "Stockholm Programme" for the period 2010–2014) has been adopted and it established several strategic legislative and operational objectives dealing notably, but not exhaustively, with citizenship, transparency, data protection, fighting discrimination, granting freedom of movement, border control, migration, asylum, judicial and police cooperation.
To better achieve these objectives in such sensitive domains, mutual trust and active participation between EU institutions, Member States and European citizens, will be the key to success. In its part, the LIBE Committee will do its upmost to build a fruitful dialogue with all of these key stakeholders, so that the objectives of the Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights can be fully achieved.