Press releases

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Civil liberties MEPs back plans to waive visa requirements for Ukrainians

LIBE 26-09-2016 - 17:58

Plans to waive visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens entering the Schengen area were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday. If approved by Parliament and Council, it will allow Ukrainians who have a biometric passport to enter the EU area without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period, for business, tourist or family purposes. (Read more)

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Civil Liberties MEPs quiz Gilles de Kerchove on counter-terrorism measures

LIBE 26-09-2016 - 17:34

In the wake of this summer’s terrorist attacks in Europe, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove debated trends revealed by such attacks and EU counter-terrorism measures with Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Monday afternoon. (Read more)

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MEPs in Lebanon: funding alone not enough, better resettlement tools needed

LIBE 22-09-2016 - 16:32

With around 1.5 million refugees fleeing to Lebanon since the start of the war in Syria, it is clear that the situation in the country is untenable and that substantial help is needed to avoid a complete breakdown, not only in terms of financial assistance, but also through improved resettlement tools, says Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes, who this week headed a delegation to Beirut. (Read more)

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Refugee resettlement - Civil Liberties MEPs in Lebanon

LIBE 19-09-2016 - 11:11

A 7-strong delegation of Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will be in Lebanon this week to look into the situation of refugees and resettlement. MEPs will visit refugee camps and meet UNHCR, UNICEF, UNRWA, international NGOs and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) staff working with the refugees. They will also meet representatives of the Lebanese Parliament and Minister for Social Affairs Mr Rashed Derbas (tbc). (Read more)

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Civil liberties MEPs to assess UK candidate for Commissioner for Security Union

LIBE 12-09-2016 - 15:48

Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will quiz UK candidate Commissioner for the Security Union Sir Julian King in Strasbourg on Monday evening to assess his candidature. Based on the committee’s recommendation, Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders) will then decide whether to close the hearing procedure after which the full House can take a vote on Thursday. (Read more)

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Civil liberties MEPs back visa waivers for Kosovo and Georgia

LIBE 05-09-2016 - 18:43

Plans to grant citizens of Kosovo and Georgia the right to travel to the Schengen area without a visa were backed by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Monday. (Read more)

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Parliament to assess UK candidate for Security Union Commissioner

LIBE 02-09-2016 - 13:51

Parliament will evaluate Commissioner-designate Sir Julian King for the portfolio of the Security Union during its plenary session in Strasbourg. The Civil Liberties Committee will first hold a public hearing with the candidate on Monday 12 September in the evening. The full House will take a vote on Thursday. (Read more)

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Civil Liberties MEPs visit migrant and refugee camps around Calais on Wednesday

LIBE 12-07-2016 - 17:23

A 9-strong MEP delegation from the Civil Liberties Committee will be in Calais on Wednesday 13 July to visit facilities for migrants and refugees, in the vicinity, which for years has been a gathering spot for people trying to cross from France to the UK. MEPs will meet with local authorities, NGOs, the French-British border authorities and the refugees and migrants themselves in order to assess the situation on the ground. (Read more)

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Civil liberties MEPs back plans to make it easier to suspend visa waivers

LIBE 07-07-2016 - 11:38

Plans to strengthen the EU’s visa suspension mechanism, which enables it to temporarily reintroduce visa requirements for third-country nationals in the event of sudden surges in irregular immigration, unfounded asylum applications or a failure to cooperate with the EU on “readmissions” (i.e. returns), were amended and approved by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Thursday. MEPs widened the range of grounds upon which a visa waiver may be suspended. (Read more)

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Asylum: EU list of safe countries of origin to replace national lists in 3 years

LIBE 07-07-2016 - 11:23

The future EU common list of safe countries of origin, which should help member states to process certain asylum applications faster and more consistently, should replace today’s national lists after a three-year transition period, Civil Liberties Committee MEPs agreed on Thursday. The EU Commission will assess which countries should be included, removed or temporarily suspended from the list. (Read more)