Press releases


Civil Liberties Committee debates Danish law on asylum and refugees

LIBE 25-01-2016 - 17:14

A controversial draft law proposed by the Danish government to empower the authorities to seize valuable assets from refugees in order to pay for their stay when applying for asylum in Denmark, and postpone the right to family reunification for refugees under temporary protection, was debated by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs with Danish Foreign Affairs Minister Kristian Jensen and Minister for Immigration, Integration and Housing Inger Støjberg on Monday. (Read more)


Dutch Presidency priorities discussed in committee


The priorities of the incoming Dutch presidency of the EU Council are being outlined to parliamentary committees by Dutch ministers at a series of meetings this week. (Read more)


MEPs debate relocation, hotspots, Schengen and Dublin rules with Avramopoulos

LIBE 14-01-2016 - 14:56

Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos joined the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday to debate the implementation of measures to tackle the migration and refugee crisis, including relocation and work in the reception “hotspots”. MEPs also raised the issue of the future of Schengen as well as the need for a review of the Dublin system. (Read more)


New data protection standards to ensure smooth police cooperation in the EU

LIBE 17-12-2015 - 13:48

New rules on data transfers for policing and judicial purposes, informally agreed on Tuesday and backed by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Thursday morning, will set high standards of data protection to protect citizens' rights and freedoms. They should also enable police forces across Europe to work together faster and more efficiently to counter serious crime and terrorism. (Read more)


New EU rules on data protection put the citizen back in the driving seat

LIBE 17-12-2015 - 12:27

New EU data protection legislation, informally agreed on Tuesday and backed by Civil Liberties MEPs on Thursday morning, will create a uniform set of rules across the EU fit for the digital era. It should also improve legal certainty and boost trust in the digital single market for citizens and businesses alike. Clear and affirmative consent to data processing, the right to be forgotten and strong fines for firms breaking the rules are some of the new features. (Read more)


Data protection package: Parliament and Council now close to a deal

LIBE 15-12-2015 - 21:11

A “strong compromise” on how to ensure a high level of data protection across the EU was agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators in their last round of talks on the data protection package on Tuesday. It is now up to member states to give a green light to the agreement. The two draft laws in the package - a regulation and a directive - are scheduled for a confirmation vote in the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday morning. (Read more)


EU Passenger Name Record (PNR): Civil Liberties Committee backs EP/Council deal

LIBE 10-12-2015 - 10:43

The provisional deal reached by Parliament and Council negotiators last week on an EU directive regulating the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime was endorsed by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee on Thursday by 38 votes to 19, with 2 abstentions. The draft directive will be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole early next year. (Read more)


EU PNR: EP's rapporteur welcomes Home Affairs Ministers green light to deal

LIBE 04-12-2015 - 15:17

Following the Justice and Home Affairs Council confirmation of the deal on the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) directive, the Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee lead negotiator, Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK), said: (Read more)


Parliament and Council close to deal on EU Passenger Name Record directive

LIBE 02-12-2015 - 16:06

A provisional deal on EU rules regulating the use of air passengers' data to fight terrorism and serious crime came within sight at the fifth "trilogue” (three-way talks between Parliament, Council and Commission negotiators) on Wednesday afternoon. (Read more)


Permanent relocation scheme and list of safe countries of origin: state of play

LIBE 01-12-2015 - 19:16

Two legislative proposals to tackle the migration and refugee crisis, one on a permanent mechanism for relocating people in need of international protection among EU member states under extreme pressure and another on an EU common list of safe countries of origin, were debated by the Civil Liberties Committee with the EU Commission, Council of Ministers, European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) on Tuesday afternoon. (Read more)