LIBE vote and LIBE Committee Inquiry's 14th Hearing in Strasbourg
On 9.12.2013 in Strasbourg in LOW N1.3 from 18.45 to 19.30, LIBE committee will vote on the Rules for the Surveillance of the external sea borders in the context of operational cooperation coordinated by the Frontex Agency, rapporteur Carlos COELHO (EPP, PT).
In the same room, from 19:30 to 21:30 the LIBE Committee Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens will hold its 14th hearing. The LIBE Inquiry will hear Commission Vice-President Reading on recent Commission communications on EU-US Data related issues (Safe Harbour, report on the transatlantic group of experts) and focus on the Council of Europe Resolution 1954 (2013) on "National security and access to information" and will continue the presentation of the working documents of the rapporteurs and the shadow rapporteurs.
LIBE Committee Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens - 13th hearing
On 5.12.2013 in ASP 5G03, 15:00-18.30 the LIBE Committee Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens will hold its thirteenth hearing. The sessions of the hearing will continue the examination of IT security aspects on EU institution, focusing on EUROPOL, and the presentation of the Working Documents prepared by the rapporteur and the shadow rapporteurs.
LIBE Committee Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens - 12th Hearing
On 2.12.2013 in JAN 4Q1, 15:00-17:45 the LIBE Committee Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens will hold its twelfth hearing. The sessions of the hearing will focus respectively on the role of Parliamentary oversight of intelligence services at national level in an era of mass surveillance (Part IV) and the presentation of Working Documents (Part I).
On 28 November, 9.00-12.30 (ASP 3E2) the LIBE and JURI Committees and Policy Department C are holding a workshop on ‘The training of legal practitioners: teaching EU law and judgecraft’ The first session of the morning will be dedicated to learning and accessing EU law, whilst the second session will investigate ways of enhancing mutual trust in the legal field.
Hearing on the European law Enforcement Training Scheme
On 27 November, 16.00-18.00 in JAN 4Q1 LIBE is holding a hearing on the European law Enforcement Training Scheme: Building capacity and culture in European law enforcement. It focuses on the key elements of the Training Scheme, its benefits, and the challenges and opportunities that it will bring to those tasked with providing law enforcement training. The aim is to stimulate the discussion on how the Training Scheme can contribute to a common EU law enforcement culture and make the EU’s response to common security challenges more effective.
LIBE Committee Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens - 11th Hearing
On 18.11.13 in Strasbourg (LOW R3.1), 19.30-22.00 the LIBE Committee Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens will hold its eleventh hearing. The sessions of the hearing will focus respectively on the national intelligence activities in the light of EU primary law and on court cases and other complaints on national surveillance programs (Part II).
On 14.11.2013 at 12.20, the EP's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will adopt the Seasonal Workers Directive (Rapporteur: Claude Moraes (S&D, UK). A compromise was reached between the Parliament and the Council in first reading. The plenary vote is scheduled for the beginning of 2014.
LIBE Committee Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens - 10th Hearing
On 14.11.2013 in the afternoon in JAN 2Q2, LIBE Committee Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens will hold its tenth hearing. The hearing will focus on discussions on the IT Security of EU institutions and the role of Parliamentary oversight of intelligence services at national level in an era of mass surveillance.
National Programmes for Mass Surveillance of Personal Data: Compatibility with EU Law
In the wake of the disclosures surrounding PRISM and other US surveillance programmes, this study makes an assessment of the large-scale surveillance practices by a selection of EU member states: the UK, Sweden, France, Germany and the Netherlands. The study contends that an analysis of European surveillance programmes cannot be reduced to a question of balance between data protection versus national security, but has to be framed in terms of collective freedoms and democracy; it argues that these surveillance programmes do not stand outside the realm of EU intervention but can be engaged from an EU law perspective.
Feasibility and costs of Commission Legislative Proposals on Smart Borders
This study examines the technical feasibility and financial soundness of the Commission legislative proposals to establish an EU Entry/Exit System and EU Registered Traveller Programme for the external borders of the Union. It puts the impact assessment documents accompanying the proposals in comparative perspectives with likeminded initiatives in third countries, at the national level in the EU and with past European initiatives. It finds that it is not reasonable to consider that the measures envisaged in the smart borders package are technically feasible and financially sound and formulates recommendations in this regard.
Fundamental Rights, Democracy, Rule of Law: Towards an EU Copenhagen Mechanism
This study examines the triangular relationship between fundamental rights, democracy and the rule of law in the EU and the relevant challenges. It analyses the current state of play and provides a map of EU-level mechanisms assessing respect for rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights, and Article 2 TEU general principles, by EU Member States. Special attention is paid to crosscutting dilemmas affecting the operability and implementation of these principles. The study proposes the creation of a new supervisory mechanism – the Copenhagen mechanism – to address the current rule of law deficits.
LIBE Committee Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens will hold its eighth and ninth hearings respectively on 7.11.13 in JAN - 4Q1, 9.00 – 12.15 and 15.00 – 18.30 and on 11.11.13 in JAN - 4Q1, 15.00 – 18.30. The 8th hearing will cover the mission of EU Intelligence Analysis Centre (IntCen), a presentation of a study commissioned by the LIBE Committee on “National programmes for mass surveillance of personal data in EU Member States and their compatibility with EU law” and a discussion on the nature and effectiveness of parliamentary oversight in the Member States based on the contribution of experts from the Venice Commission, academia, national intelligence community and civil society as well as a debriefing on the Transatlantic group of experts may take place.
The 9th will be dedicated to the exchange of views with Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Member of the Committee on the Judiciary and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. The Inquiry will continue exploring the different national practices of parliamentary or other independent oversight of national intelligence activities, with representatives of different Member States' national Parliaments and will focus on the involvement of the commercial companies in the US mass surveillance activities.
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.