Delegations and start of recess - this week at the European Parliament
Welcome to the last newsletter before the summer recess. MEPs are taking to the road (and skies) this week on delegations to discuss the most important issues with EU partners abroad. Here is a selection of highlights.
Allow us to wish you a great summer and we will be back at the end of August!
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USA/privacy, counter-terrorism, migration. A Civil Liberties Committee delegation will go to Washington to discuss protection of personal data (e.g. EU-US Privacy Shield, digital privacy, law enforcement), cybercrime, counter-terrorism, radicalisation, immigration (ESTA Programme) and protection of victims. Several meetings with U.S. authorities (e.g. Departments of State, Justice, Treasury, Homeland Security) Congress representatives, academics and civil society are scheduled. (Monday to Friday)
Philippines/Human Rights. The Human Rights Subcommittee is sending a delegation to the Philippines to assess the human rights situation in the country. MEPs will meet Senator and vocal critic of President Duterte, Leila De Lima, who was arrested in late February on drug-trafficking charges. In a resolution passed in March, the EP called for her immediate release and asked that she is provided with "adequate security whilst in detention". (Monday to Thursday)
Italy/EU-NATO cooperation. A delegation of the Security and Defence Subcommittee will visit the Frontex operation Triton in Rome and its base in Catania as well as NATO headquarters in Naples. They help the Italian border-control guards to conduct surveillance, search and rescue tasks, but also fight smugglers and traffickers in the Central Mediterranean. Following last year’s Warsaw declaration on better EU-NATO cooperation, MEPs are to get the first-hand experience of how this partnership works on the ground. (Tuesday to Thursday)