EU data protection legislation, electronic mass surveillance inquiry: in plenary
The European Parliament will discuss and vote on the reports regarding the reform of EU data protection legislation during its plenary sittings of 11-12.03.14, together with the report resulting from the inquiry on electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens, led by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. On this occasion, the EP Press Service is organising a technical briefing for journalists following these issues closely.
Joint Committee Meeting on the Stockholm Programme, 19.3.2014
On 19 March a Joint Committee Meeting on the "Future Priorities in the Field of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs" will take place. It is organised in the framework of the Parliamentary Dimension of the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament and the Committee on Public Administration, Public Order and Justice of the Hellenic Parliament with the participation of Members from National Parliaments. The meeting is intended to provide a forum for the exchange of views on future priorities on the basis of the progress made under the Stockholm Programme. The draft agenda includes Commissioners MALMSTRÖM and REDING who will present the Commission's communications on the future priorities in the Home Affairs and Justice area.
On 10 March at 20.30, room Louise Weiss (LOW) N1.3, the EP's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will adopt the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer (2010/0209(COD), Rapporteur: Salvatore IACOLINO (EPP, IT)). A compromise was reached between the Parliament and the Council in first reading. The plenary vote is scheduled for April 2014.
The vote on the proposal to amend the current CEPOL Decision (2013/0812(COD)), Rapporteur Kinga GÁL (EPP, HU)), in order to confirm the first-reading agreement reached with the Council whereby Budapest (Hungary) has been chosen as the new seat for CEPOL, will take place on 10 March at 20.00, room LOW N1.3. The proposal to amend the current afore-mentioned Decision is due to the UK government's announcement that it no longer wishes to host the CEPOL seat on its territory, namely in Bramshill (Hampshire, UK). The European Commission is requested to propose a completely new CEPOL proposal to update its tasks and to bring it in line with the Lisbon Treaty. The plenary vote is foreseen for mid-April 2014.
LIBE/REGI: Lessons learnt and steps ahead after the MFF 2014-2020 negotiations: votes
The Committee on Regional Development will meet in Strasbourg on 24.02.14 to vote on its opinion regarding the non-legislative report entitled “Negotiations on the MFF 2014-2020: lessons to be learned and the way forward", which is being drafted by the Budgets Committee. The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will also vote on its opinion to this report on the same day.
Study: Implementing the Principle of Equal Treatment between Persons
This study has been commissioned by the European Parliament to facilitate agreement on the proposal by providing insight into possible costs for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and public service providers. While most of the costs related to equal treatment measures will be very low, the assessment shows also that a range of costs for these actors have a potential to be significant.
Developing a Criminal Justice Area in the European Union
This study addresses the development of an EU criminal justice area. By exploring key concepts and features of criminal processes in comparative perspective, it seeks to provide ideas for such an area. Because the situation in the member states is diverse, independent concepts guided by the study findings are explored.
Study: Establishment of the European Public Prosecutor's Office
This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment accompanying its proposal for a Council Regulation on the Establishment of the European Public Prosecutor's Office (COM (2013) 534 final), submitted on 17 July 2013.
Confirmation vote on Surveillance of the external sea borders (Coelho)
The vote on the proposal for a Regulation establishing rules for the surveillance of the external sea borders in the context of operational cooperation coordinated by Frontex (2013/0106(COD), rapporteur: Mr. Carlos COELHO (EPP, PT)) will take place on 20 February at 10:00, room JAN 4Q2, to confirm the first-reading agreement reached with the Council. This Regulation provides for rules as regards detection, interception, search and rescue and disembarkation during Frontex sea operations.
Vote on Money laundering and terrorist financing (AMLD)
On 20 February from 12:30 in room JAN 4Q2, the joint ECON and LIBE Committees will vote on the draft report by co-rapporteurs Krišjānis KARIŅŠ (ECON, EPP/LV) and Judith SARGENTINI (LIBE, Greens/NL) on the Commission's Proposal for a Directive on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing (AMLD). The report is then foreseen to be voted at the EP plenary in March, and trilogue negotiations are likely to start in the new mandate under the Italian Presidency of the Council.
LIBE Committee Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens - vote
On 12.02.2014 the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will vote on the draft report on the US NSA surveillance programme, surveillance bodies in various Member States and their impact on EU citizens' fundamental rights as well as on transatlantic cooperation, Rapporteur Claude MORAES (S&D, GB).
In the LIBE meeting of 12.02.2014 the EU Anti-corruption report will be presented by Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs, European Commission. In this report, the European Commission describes the situation in each Member State: measures in place, outstanding issues, policies that are working and areas that could be improved.
Votes in LIBE Committee 12.02
In the LIBE meeting of 12.02.14, votes will take place on several visa related files.
All the opinions on the discharge of the 2012 EU budget, Rapporteurs Véronique MATHIEU HOUILLON (EPP, FR) and Zuzana ROITHOVÁ (EPP, CZ), will be also adopted.
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.