"Most governments are beneficiaries of Snowden's choice" to reveal the mass surveillance programmes by the NSA, said Glenn Greenwald, the former journalist of the Guardian who published the information on the NSA mass surveillance, at a Civil Liberties Committee inquiry hearing on Wednesday. The consequences of the revelations, the economic espionage by the US and the protection of whistle-blowers and journalists were among the topics raised by MEPs.
The European Parliament should consent to a trade deal with the US only if it makes no reference to data protection, says its Civil Liberties Committee in the preliminary conclusions of its inquiry into surveillance of EU citizens by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and EU member states, tabled by lead MEP Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) on Wednesday. The draft text also calls for the swift creation of an EU data storage “cloud” and judicial redress for EU citizens to protect their data in the US.
Distributors of fake euro or other currencies could face tougher penalties under a draft EU law voted in the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday. It would require EU countries to set a maximum penalty of no less than eight years in jail for distributors – the same as for forgers - and also allow police to use serious-crime tools, such as intercepting communications, to catch the culprits. Fake euro have cost citizens and firms over €500 million since they came into general use in 2002.
Rules to make it easier for national authorities to trace, freeze, manage and confiscate criminals' assets across the EU were backed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday, endorsing an informal Parliament/Council deal struck on 27 November.
Draft rules to clarify how border guards serving in Frontex-coordinated maritime operations should deal with migrants intercepted or rescued at sea and where they should land them were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday. These rules should help to save lives, by removing confusion due to EU member states’ differing interpretations of international law. MEPs also inserted clauses to ensure that migrants’ rights are better protected.
Judicial authorities asking their colleagues in another EU country to carry out criminal investigations there, e.g. by searching houses or interviewing witnesses, should get a faster and more favourable response thanks to a Parliament/Council deal endorsed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday. The agreement on the European Investigation Order (EIO) directive also includes provisions to ensure that fundamental rights are fully respected.
Civil Liberties MEPs criticised Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström for "ignoring" Parliament's call to suspend the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP) deal with the US, in a debate on Wednesday. Most speakers asked for proof that the US had not breached the agreement and called for a data extraction system on EU soil to avoid sending bulk data to the US.
(a) opatrenia týkajúce sa vstupu a pohybu osôb, azylu a migrácie,
(b) opatrenia týkajúce sa jednotnej správy vonkajších hraníc,
(c) opatrenia týkajúce sa spolupráce policajných orgánov a súdov v trestných veciach;