Claude Moraes: New Civil Liberties Committee chair outlines priorities for his mandate
The completion of the data protection package, the implementation of a Digital Bill of Rights, following the recommendations of the NSA inquiry, migration and asylum and the fight against discrimination in the EU are among the priorities of the newly-elected chair of the Civil Liberties Committee, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK). The Committee also elected Kinga Gál (EPP, HU), Iliana Iotova (S&D, BG), Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens/EFA) and Barbara Kudrycka (EPP, PL) as vice-chairs on Monday.
After his election by acclamation, Claude Moraes said:
"The Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) is one of the busiest legislative committees within the European Parliament and is responsible for many of the key policies for EU citizens and the democratic oversight of policies linked to the area of freedom, security and justice. Over the last few years the LIBE Committee has played a key role in ensuring that there is an open European debate on Justice and Home Affairs issues. We must continue to build on this reputation and strengthen our links between the European Parliament, national parliaments, civil society and European citizens.
As rapporteur on the electronic mass surveillance inquiry following the Snowden revelations, one of the key priorities for me is to ensure that the LIBE Committee will continue to follow the recommendations of our report to implement a Digital Bill of Rights to safeguard citizens' right to privacy.
Throughout this mandate, the LIBE Committee will be committed to ensuring that progress is made on our key priority areas which include:
- strengthening privacy and data protection with the completion of the data protection package;
- Migration and asylum will continue to be of utmost importance to LIBE with the implementation of the asylum package and the follow-up to the task force on the Mediterranean (and as chair I will strive for human rights centred policy);
- Monitoring the implementation of financial programmes in Justice and Home Affairs;
- Advancing negotiations on Europol, Eurojust and the European Public Prosecutor as well as procedural rights in Europe;
- Playing a key role in the EU internal security strategy and the fight against terrorism;
- Continuing our strong work on fighting discrimination including in the strive to better protect minorities like the Roma community and LGBT rights including a roadmap against homophobia and discrimination;
- Ensuring proper implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the rule of law".
Last Thursday, the European Parliament elected the 60 members of the Civil Liberties Committee. You can find their profiles here.
About Claude Moraes
Claude Moraes is a British Labour Party politician who has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1999 when he was one of the first Asian MEPs elected to the European Parliament.
He was previously the Civil Liberties Committee coordinator for the S&D group and was also the European Parliament's rapporteur on the inquiry into the electronic mass surveillance following the Snowden revelations and the legislative report on the protection of seasonal workers' in the EU.
Report on the US NSA surveillance programme, surveillance bodies in various Member States and impact on EU citizens' fundamental rights, adopted by the European Parliament on 12 March 2014
Q&A on Parliament's inquiry into mass surveillance of EU citizens
Responsibilities of the committee
The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee is responsible for:
1. the protection within the territory of the EU of citizens' rights, human rights and fundamental rights, including the protection of minorities, as laid down in the Treaties and in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights;
2. the measures needed to combat all forms of discrimination other than those based on sex or those occurring at the workplace and in the labour market;
3. legislation in the areas of transparency and of the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data;
4. the establishment and development of an area of freedom, security and justice, in particular:
(a) measures concerning the entry and movement of persons, asylum and migration,
(b) measures concerning an integrated management of the common borders,
(c) measures relating to police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters;
5. the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Europol, Eurojust, Cepol and other bodies and agencies in the same area;
6. the determination of a clear risk of a serious breach by a Member State of the principles common to the Member States.