Justice - Security

EDPS report outlines recommendations

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The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published on 22 November an opinion which provides a series of recommendations to further strengthen the data protection framework for the Internal Market Information System (IMI). The EDPS...

Parliament confronts human-rights abuses in Egypt and Iran

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On 17 and 18 November, the European Parliament released two Resolutions condemning human-rights (HR) abuses in Egypt and Iran. The first Resolution calls for the immediate release of Egyptian blogger Alaa Abd El-Fattah, charged...

OLAF focuses on co-operation between national authorities

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Co-operation between national authorities in the fight against fraud is the headline of the ninth OLAF conference for fraud prosecutors. This conference is organised by OLAF in close co-operation with the Bulgarian prosecution service...

MEPs set guidelines for EU-US summit

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On 17 November, the European Parliament passed a resolution urging the EU and US to step up their cooperation in pushing for a resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians and supporting emerging...

Reding inaugurates European Law Institute

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On 17 November, Commission Vice-President for Justice and Citizenship Viviane Reding inaugurated  the first working meeting of the European Law Institute. The inaugural working meeting of the Vienna-based Institute discussed the Commission's proposal for an...

Draft law on ‘Letter of Rights’

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There are more than eight million criminal proceedings per year in Europe. European member state representatives agreed 16 November on a draft law to ensure defendants’ right to information in criminal proceedings throughout the...

Council reinforces sanctions on Syria

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In view of the gravity of the situation in Syria, the Council of the EU reinforced on 14 November the EU's restrictive measures against the country's regime. The Council decided to add 18 more people...

European journalists slam Turkey over press freedom

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The Association of European Journalists (AEJ) urged Turkish authorities to stop abusing the country's repressive laws to prosecute journalists, and called on Ankara to immediately release journalists being held in pre-trial detention, during their...

Emergence of drugs concerns Commission

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The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has displayed in its Annual Report 2011, released on 15 November, that drug use is relatively stable in Europe, with some positive signs that...

Belyatski trial begins in Belarus

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Ales Belyatski, one of the most prominent human rights activists in Belarus has gone on trial in Minsk. Belyatski is the head of the Vyasna (Spring) organisation that monitors the government's activities against the...

EULEX chief stopped at Zupče barricades

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The Acting Head of European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) Andy Sparkes was stopped on 2 November at the barricades in Zupcë/Zupče while on the way to visit EULEX officers. EULEX is...

Exclusive: When law fails, Anonymous steps in

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What happens when the long arm of the law can’t reach into the darker corners of the internet and catch the perverts and criminals who run illegal and hidden child pornography websites and trading...

Commission renews fight against synthetic drug use

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 In the months ahead, EU officials will tackle the popularity of synthetic drug use in Europe and take measures to reduce the consumption of illicit substances. European Commission officials announced an overhaul of EU...

Monitoring travellers with ‘Smart Borders’

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Proposals in a European Commission communication released 25 October outlined potential border guard measures and a more through monitoring of European visits by third country nationals. The two proposed systems are the Entry/Exit System (EES)...

‘Anonymous’ declares war on child-porn hub

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 The cyber collective Anonymous, previously known for supporting WikiLeaks and the Occupy Together movement, has delved into the ‘dark net’, the hidden parts of the internet that most web users will be unaware of...

President Barroso satisfied with ETA laying down arms

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 President Barroso said: "On behalf of the European Commission and in my own name I wish to express my deepest satisfaction with the news announced yesterday on the definitive cessation of ETA's military activities....

Tragic case prompts Court challenge to disabled inequality

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The Centre for Legal Resources, a Romanian non-governmental organisation (NGO), has lodged a case to gain more access to equal justice for people with disabilities. This is the first case which concerns the range...

Tymoshenko: Guilty

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Ukrainian former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been sentenced to seven years in prison for misuse of power during her term in office. Judge Rodion Kireyev indicated in his early reading of the sentence...

Eurocontrol urges criminalisation of ‘malicious’ laser use to safeguard aviation

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Eurocontrol has urged the EU to criminalise the malicious use of lasers to blind pilots and air traffic controllers. The European air traffic agency reported 4,266 such incidents in Europe last year, four times...

Frontex given new power in the fight against illegal immigrants

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The European Council has adopted new rules concerning the European immigration control agency Frontex, to be published later this year.   The rules will mainly look to improve the operational capacity of the organisation, by allowing...

MEPs vote to resrtict access to chemicals

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The European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee has backed a draft law  that will restrict the general public's access to chemicals that can be used to make home-made explosives. MEPs recently revised the law to clarify...

Protecting victims throughout the EU

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A deal between The European Parliament and the Council, made on 20 September, and confirmed by the EU justice ministers three days later, was endorsed today by the Civil Liberties Committee and Women's Rights...

Widened European Protection Order on way

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 Crime victims who have been granted protection in a member sate will be able to rececive similar protection if they move to another EU country, if the draft agreement on the European Protection Order...

Reding to determine insurance companies’ role in EU law

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 Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding met recently with the leading heads of insurance across Europe to discuss European contract law. These discussions are a direct result of the March 2011 court ruling in the Test-Achats case...

Crime protection for victims promised under European Protection Order

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The EP and Council have just presented a draft of the European Protection Order (EPO) which guarantees protection for crime victims outside of the state in which they suffered the crime. The deal is the...

EU and NATO condemn killing of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council leader

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EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy  Catherine Ashton has strongly condemned the murder of Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, the head of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, who was killed on 20 September. She...

Commission sets out uniform EU criminal law

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In a policy communication entitled Towards an EU Criminal Policy, released on 20 September, the European Commission has set out its first strategy and the principles that it would like to apply when applying...

Opinion: Europe cannot deny complicity in CIA human-rights violations

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On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it was revealed that western intelligence services had co-operated closely with the Libyan security apparatus under Khadaffi. Here was another reminder that...

NE ASKS: Can Commission provide clarification on Schengen-governance mechanism procedures?

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Concerning the newly proposed Schengen governance mechanism on the temporary reintroduction of border controls, Commissioner Malmström remained vague (considering that nothing is in place in the event of a disagreement between the Commission and...

Commissioner Georgieva to attend emergency-response simulation in Poland

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 International Co-operation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva will participate in an emergency response simulation of the European Civil Protection at the closing of Carpathex 2011 in Poland on 16 September. The simulated...

Court rules that complete grounding of pilots older than 60 is discrimination

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   While the right to act as a pilot may be limited after the age of 60, total prohibition goes beyond that which is necessary to ensure air-traffic safety, according to the EU's Court of...

Advocate General Bot issues opinion on rights to permanent residence

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  Should periods of residence in a host member state under national law alone, including before a state's accession to the Union, be regarded as periods of legal residence, as defined under Union law, and...

EU to train 700,000 lawyers

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  The European Commission has adopted a policy paper that aim to ensure around 700,000 legal practitioners will take European judicial training by 2020. The Commission had previously set a goal to increase the numbers...

Two judges elected to Court of Justice and General Court

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  On 8 September, Carl Gustav Fernlund of Sweden, and Bulgarian Mariyana Knacheva were elected as judges to the European Court of Justice and General Court, respectively. Before his appointment, Fernlund had been president of the...

European Council delivers counter-terrorism verdict

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   On 12 September, the European Council met to present their conclusions about counter-terrorist measures in and outside of the EU, following the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the twin towers in the...

ECHR upholds rape conviction of 15-year-old

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has upheld the conviction of a 15-year-old for raping a 12-year-old girl. In its decision in the case of 'G. versus the United Kingdom', concerning the criminal prosecution...