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).
Debriefing on the JHA Council and state of play of the Presidency priorities
On 1 April at 16.00 in room József Antall (JAN) 4Q2, the LIBE Committee will hear from the Greek Ministers Mr Charalampos ATHANASSIOU, Minister of Justice, Mr Ioannis MICHELAKIS, Minister of Interior and Mr Nikolaos DENDIAS, Minister of Public Order & Citizen Protection and will exchange with them on the update on the progress of LIBE files under the Greek Presidency, the debriefing on the March JHA Council as well as on the Council reaction to the European Parliament resolution on mass surveillance of EU citizens.
Study: The impacts of visa liberalisation on trans-border mobility
This study examines the Schengen Visa liberalisation in the Eastern Partnership countries, Russia and Turkey which has proven to have a huge transformative potential across the justice, liberty and security policies of the countries where it has been deployed. It also analyses the current state of play of the implementation of the EU visa policy instruments and assesses the positive impact of visa-free travel on trans-border mobility according to current visa application statistics.
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.