New watchdog over EU police cooperation
The Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on the EU police agency Europol will hold its inaugural meeting on Monday and Tuesday
The scrutiny group will bring together national MPs from all member states and MEPs to monitor Europol’s activities. Members will hear from and have the opportunity to quiz Europol director Rob Wainwright, Chairman of the Europol Management Board Priit Pärkna, the European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli, and others.
Security Commissioner Julian King and Estonian Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt will be among the keynote speakers.
TIME: Monday 9 October from 15.00 - 18.30 & Tuesday 10 October from 9.00 to 12.30
ROOM: Paul-Henri Spaak building, 3C050
The meeting will be webstreamed on EP Live
The scrutiny group was set up after Parliament adopted new rules on Europol in May 2016. Stronger democratic scrutiny was a key objective for MEPs in the negotiations with EU Ministers in order to “politically monitor Europol’s activities in fulfilling its mission”, with particular attention to respect of fundamental rights and personal freedoms.