Press releases


Civil liberties committee to debate situation at Schengen internal borders

LIBE 30-09-2015 - 16:00

The civil liberties committee will debate the current situation at the borders inside the Schengen area in the wake of the temporary reimposition of border controls by some member states with Commission representatives on Thursday morning. The Commission is required to monitor the situation closely and keep Parliament and the Council fully informed under the Schengen Borders Code. (Read more)


Migration and refugee crisis: MEPs’ debate with UNHCR Guterres and EU Commission

LIBE DROI AFET 15-09-2015 - 14:30

Measures to deal with the migration and refugee crisis as well as the situation in transit countries in the Mediterranean region were debated at a joint hearing held by the Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs, Human Rights committees on Tuesday morning. MEPs expressed disappointment at the outcome of Monday’s Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting and urged EU to shoulder its responsibilities. (Read more)


Refugees: EU ministers failed to act, says Civil Liberties Committee Chair

LIBE 15-09-2015 - 10:09

"Member states have yet again failed to make tough decisions and provide a compassionate response to the refugee crisis", said the Chair of the European Parliament's Committee responsible for migration and asylum, Claude Moraes. "We are running out of time - the meeting on 8 October is the EU's final chance to agree an organised response to the biggest refugee crisis since World War II in Europe", he added. (Read more)


MEPs want a binding and permanent scheme to distribute asylum seekers in the EU

LIBE 16-07-2015 - 11:02

A binding emergency mechanism to relocate an initial total of 40,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece to other EU member states was backed by civil liberties MEPs on Thursday. An upcoming permanent scheme, on which Parliament will decide jointly with the Council, must be based "on a more substantial contribution to solidarity and responsibility-sharing among member states", MEPs say. (Read more)


Passenger Name Records: MEPs back EU system with data protection safeguards

LIBE 15-07-2015 - 16:24

Draft EU rules on sharing and protecting the Passenger Name Record (PNR) data of people flying to or from the EU, and its use by member states and Europol to fight terrorism and serious transnational crime, were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Wednesday. This data must only be used to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute these crimes, said MEPs, inserting safeguards to ensure "the lawfulness of any storage, analysis, transfer and use of PNR data". (Read more)


Civil liberties MEPs to debate concerns over French surveillance law

LIBE 02-07-2015 - 10:36

The civil liberties committee debates France's controversial new law on surveillance powers on Thursday, 2 July. MEPs will raise concerns about the compatibility of some of the law's provisions with the European treaties with the Commission's director for criminal justice, Francisco Morillo. (Read more)


Data protection: first round of talks to start Wednesday

LIBE 24-06-2015 - 09:29

Three-way talks between Parliament, the Council and the Commission with a view to striking a final deal on the new EU data protection regulation will start on Wednesday, after member states agreed their negotiating brief on 15 June. Immediately after the first round, at 14.00, Parliament's chief negotiators, justice ministers from the outgoing and incoming Council presidencies and the EU Justice Commissioner will give a joint press conference on the state of play of the talks and next steps. (Read more)


Data protection: Parliament’s negotiators welcome Council negotiating brief

LIBE 15-06-2015 - 12:24

Parliament looks forward to starting talks with ministers soon on reform to give the EU high common standards of data protection fit for the digital era, said its key negotiators on Monday, welcoming the Council's announcement that it had approved its negotiating mandate. The first meeting between the institutions is scheduled for 24 June and will be followed by a joint press conference. (Read more)


Civil liberties MEPs to debate how return to death penalty could hurt EU status

LIBE 07-05-2015 - 10:00

The possible effects of an EU member state decision to reintroduce the death penalty, including those on its rights and status as a member state, will be debated in the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday at 16.30. (Read more)


Unaccompanied minors’ asylum applications: process where the kids are, say MEPs

LIBE 06-05-2015 - 14:22

EU asylum applications for unaccompanied minors should be processed in the EU country where the child is present, even if this is not where the child first applied, said Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Wednesday. Processing where children are present is usually in their best interests, and avoids moving them unnecessarily between member states, say the committee’s amendments to the Dublin Regulation, which determines which member state should examine asylum applications. (Read more)