Press releases

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Changes to planned European Passenger Name Record (PNR) system discussed by MEPs

LIBE 26-02-2015 - 18:38

A new draft text on an EU system for the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data, tabled by lead MEP Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK), was discussed in the civil liberties committee on Thursday morning. (Read more)

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Fair trials for children: MEPs amend rules to establish strong EU-wide standards

LIBE 05-02-2015 - 11:52

Draft EU rules to ensure that children suspected or accused of a crime are assisted by a lawyer at all stages of criminal proceedings in any EU country were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday. MEPs also made sure that children will be individually assessed by qualified staff, can be heard and state their views in a trial and are kept separate from adult inmates, even, in some cases, after they are 18 years old. (Read more)

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Money laundering: company owner lists to fight tax crime and terrorist financing

ECON LIBE 27-01-2015 - 15:30

The ultimate owners of companies will have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, open both to the authorities and to people with a "legitimate interest", such as journalists, under a Parliament/Council deal endorsed by the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees on Tuesday. The new anti-money laundering directive aims to help to fight money laundering, tax crimes and terrorist financing. New rules to make it easier to trace transfers of funds were also approved. (Read more)

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Latvian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees

AFET DEVE INTA ECON JURI CULT AFCO LIBE FEMM ENVI EMPL IMCO ITRE REGI TRAN PECH AGRI 22-01-2015 - 14:32

The priorities of Latvia’s EU Council Presidency will be outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Latvian ministers in a series of meetings to be held during the last two weeks of January. (Read more)

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Human rights in Hungary to be discussed by the Civil Liberties Committee

LIBE 21-01-2015 - 18:13

The human rights situation in Hungary will be assessed at a mini-hearing on Thursday morning. The invited guests, representing all sides of the debate, are investigative journalist and editor of atlatszo.hu Attila MONG, head of Ökotárs Foundation Veronika MÓRA, government spokesman in charge of international media Zoltán KOVÁCS, spokesman of pro-government NGO Civil Union Forum Tamás FRITZ, Anne WEBER of the Council of Europe and Barbora CERNUSAKOVA of Amnesty International. (Read more)

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Money laundering: Parliament and Council negotiators agree on central registers

LIBE ECON 17-12-2014 - 09:47

The ultimate owners of companies would have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, accessible to people with a "legitimate interest", such as investigative journalists and other concerned citizens, under a deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiators on a draft EU anti-money laundering directive on Tuesday. The rules would also require banks, auditors, lawyers, real estate agents and casinos, among others, to be more vigilant about suspicious transactions made by their clients. (Read more)

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Giovanni Buttarelli named new data protection watchdog

LIBE 27-11-2014 - 13:34

The next European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) will be Giovanni Buttarelli, Parliament's President Martin Schulz announced in plenary on Thursday. His Assistant Supervisor will be Wojciech Rafał Wiewiórowski. (Read more)

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MEPs debate plans to use EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) data to fight terrorism

LIBE 11-11-2014 - 14:48

A draft law that would oblige airlines to hand EU countries the data of passengers entering or leaving the EU, in order to help fight serious crime and terrorism, was discussed in the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday. MEPs were still divided on the issue, but most stressed the need to assess the European Court of Justice ruling annulling the data retention directive, to assess whether existing measures suffice before taking new ones and to put in place adequate data protection safeguards. (Read more)

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Civil liberties MEPs vote on their preferences for EU data protection watchdog

LIBE 21-10-2014 - 18:55

Mr Giovanni Buttarelli was voted top candidate for the post of European Data Protection Supervisor by the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday after three and a half hours of hearings on Monday evening. Top candidate for Assistant Supervisor is Mr Wojciech Wiewiorowski. The appointments still need to be agreed with the Council of Ministers. (Read more)

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Italian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees

AFET DEVE INTA ECON JURI CULT AFCO LIBE FEMM ENVI EMPL IMCO ITRE REGI TRAN PECH AGRI 25-09-2014 - 10:51

"The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency were outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers in a series of meetings held in July and September." (Read more)