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Pesticides: MEPs propose blueprint to improve EU approval procedure

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Pesticides: MEPs propose blueprint to improve EU approval procedure

  • Public should be granted access to studies used in the procedure
  • EU framework should stimulate innovation and propose sustainable products
  • Studies on carcinogenicity of glyphosate should be reviewed by scientific experts
  • Data requirements for Plant Protection Products to be amended to include long-term toxicity

Plans to boost trust in the EU approval procedure by making it more transparent and accountable were put forward by the special committee on pesticides.

Among many proposals, MEPs agreed on Thursday that the public should be granted access to the studies used in the procedure to authorise a pesticide, including all the supporting data and information relating to the applications.

MEPs note that concerns have been raised about the right of applicants to choose a particular member state to report on the approval of an active substance to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), as this practice is seen as lacking in transparency and could entail a conflict of interests. They call on the Commission to allocate the authorisation renewal to a different member state.

During the procedure, applicants should be required to register all regulatory studies that will be carried out in a public register, and allow for a “comment period”, during which stakeholders are able to provide additional existing data to ensure that all relevant information is taken into account before a decision is made.

Post-market evaluation and real-life impact

Post-market evaluation should be strengthened, and the Commission should launch an epidemiological study on the real-life impact of pesticides on human health, MEPs say. They also propose to review existing studies on carcinogenicity of glyphosate and to set maximum residue levels for soils and surface water.

Political accountability

MEPs finally stress the need to ensure political accountability when authorisation is adopted in the form of implementing acts – in the so-called “comitology procedure”. Commission and member states should publish detailed minutes and make their votes public.

Quotes

“We need evolution, not revolution. The adopted report underpins this spirit to expand and improve the best authorisation system in the world”, said co-rapporteur Norbert Lins (EPP, DE). “Today we put forward recommendations without overhauling structures which work. We want to make sure the authorisation procedure for plant protection products remains science-based and relies on independent, transparent and efficient processes”, he said.

“We ask for full transparency with regard to the studies used for the assessment, to make them more independent and based on scientific evidence, to avoid conflicts of interests, to fully test active substances, to thoroughly test pesticide products, including the cumulative effects and for stronger risk management measures”, said co-rapporteur Bart Staes (Greens/EFA, BE).

“There are common positions on the essential elements”, said Committee Chairman Eric Andrieu (S&D, FR). “It is a question of revising the protocol for the authorisation of molecules and making concrete recommendations. This is the mission we set ourselves in order not to get lost in the many challenges” he recalled. “In particular, we ask member states to no longer approve synthetic active substances”, he said.

Next steps

The recommendations were adopted with 23 votes to 5 and 1 abstention. The full House is to vote on the report during its 14-17 January plenary session in Strasbourg.

Background

Nine years after the adoption of the Plant Protection Products Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009) and following the controversy about the renewal of glyphosate, the European Parliament, on 6 February 2018, set up a Special committee on the European Union’s authorisation procedure for pesticides. The PEST Committee’s mandate, as laid down in Parliament’s decision of 6 February 2018, required the special committee to look into the EU’s authorisation procedure for pesticides as a whole.

The co-rapporteurs presented their draft report in September 2018. It included many suggestions on how to improve the procedure, focusing on the issues laid down in the mandate, such as transparency, independence and resources.

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MEPs to attend UN conference on migration in Morocco

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MEPs to attend UN conference on migration in Morocco

A European Parliament delegation participates in the UN intergovernmental conference on migration in Marrakech, Morocco, on 10-11 December.

The delegation, led by Linda McAvan (S&D, UK), will represent the position of the European Parliament at the conference to adopt the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

From the outset, the Parliament has supported the goals of the 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and the related process as a unique opportunity to establish a global governance regime and to enhance coordination on international migration.

The resolution on 18 April 2018 insists that the compact for migration “should be people-centred and human rights-based, and should provide for long-term, sustainable and comprehensive measures, for the benefit of all parties involved, building on the principle of partnership and strengthened cooperation among countries of origin, transit and destination”. It should protect the most vulnerable (women and children, unaccompanied minors), prevent human rights abuses, and be based on partnership with a broad range of stakeholders, the Parliament stated.

The members of the EP delegation are the following:

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“The Global Compact that will be agreed next week is an important step towards creating an international system to better manage migration and cut the amount of people migrating via dangerous, illegal routes. Whilst a number of EU countries are shamefully refusing to sign the voluntary Compact, the European Parliament’s presence in Marrakesh is a symbol of the EU’s strong support of the UN process,”, said Linda McAvan (S&D, UK) before the delegation left for Marrakesh.

Background

The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2016, marked the beginning of multilateral negotiations to adopt two global compacts on refugees and for safe, orderly and regular migration.

A fairer sharing of the burden and responsibility for hosting and supporting refugees is the objective of the Global Compact on refugees, a non legally binding tool which has already been agreed upon. The similarly non-binding Global Compact on migration seeks to ensure that migrants in vulnerable situations are treated in an adequate way, via durable solutions, addressing at the same time the risks and challenges linked to migration in the countries of origin, transit and destination.

Among the EU member states, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria have announced their intention not to join the intergovernmental Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

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For on-site information, please contact Manuel Gil Manrique, +32.477.855.293.

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EU Budget 2019 deal: EP boosts support for researchers and the young

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EU Budget 2019 deal: EP boosts support for researchers and the young

  • Provisional deal reached on Tuesday
  • Boosting funds for Erasmus+, climate protection, research, tackling migration and youth unemployment
  • Cuts in funding for Turkey

MEPs have fought for and obtained better support for students, unemployed youngsters and researchers, as well as additional funds to boost key initiatives supporting SMEs.

Late on Tuesday evening, the negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the 2019 EU Budget, a few days before the last plenary session of the year.

The preliminary figures are €165.8 billion in commitment appropriations and €148.2 billion in payment appropriations. Detailed figures will be available later.

Youth, growth and jobs

MEPs succeeded in reinforcing, on top of the Commission’s original budget proposal, programmes they considered key to boosting growth and jobs, reflecting widely agreed European Union priorities, namely Erasmus+ (+€240 million), Horizon 2020 (research programme, +€150 million) and COSME (support for SMEs, +€5 million). Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ will be further boosted through a €100 million amending budget coming next year.

All in all, Parliament obtained an additional €688.5 million in the area of “growth and jobs”, also securing an increase for the Youth Employment Initiative of €116.7 million in commitment appropriations, raising the total to €350 million, to help youngsters seeking a job.

Refugee and migration crisis, cutting funds for Turkey

For Parliament, tackling migration and security are also among the European Union’s top priorities. They managed to boost the Commission’s draft budget for agencies with security-related tasks (Europol, Eurojust).

Similarly, for the external dimension of the migration challenge, they boosted priority lines by €171 million (on top of the draft budget) on the EU’s external action, which includes the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhoods, Western Balkans, UNRWA (+€21 million) and the Development and Cooperation Instrument (+€63 million).

On Turkey, MEPs made sure pre-accession funds were cut by €146.7 million, as they consider the deteriorating situation in relation to democracy, rule of law and human rights worrying.

After having secured sufficient reinforcements for EU programmes fostering jobs, competitiveness and cohesion, Parliament also agreed to financing part of the €3 billion second tranche of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey (FRT) with a total of €2 billion from the 2018 and 2019 budgets

Climate and agriculture

As a supplementary effort to fight climate change, some of the reinforcements obtained by the EP (+€4 million for LIFE, +€8 million for sustainable transport in Horizon 2020) aim at inching closer to the target of 20% of climate-relevant spending in the EU budget for the 2014-2020 period.

Furthermore, the Parliament’s negotiating team has obtained an additional €15 million in EU support for member states affected by African swine fever.

Next steps

After Council has formally adopted the compromise, it will be submitted for approval to the Committee on Budgets on 10 December, then voted on in plenary in the European Parliament (planned for 12 December in Strasbourg) and signed into law by its President.

Around 94% of the EU’s budget goes to citizens, regions, cities, farmers and businesses. The EU’s administrative expenses account for approximately 6% of the total.

Quotes

“Despite it being impossible to apply the option in Article 15-3 of the new Financial Regulation to carry over research appropriations not committed in the previous financial year, I welcome the agreement. Two significant steps forward have been made in research (Horizon 2020, +11% compared to 2018), and mobility of young people, students and apprentices (ERASMUS, +12% compared to 2018). These two programmes will also benefit, as of the first half of 2019, from an overall bonus of 100 million euros via a draft amending budget. Let us be clear in our intentions with regard to other improvements in the field of security and defence, as well as in tackling migration policy”, said Jean Arthuis (ALDE, FR), Chair of the Committee on Budgets.

“With this proposal, the Parliament and the Council are endorsing a reasonable budget that will address some extremely important issues, like jobs, climate change, research & innovation and the human aspect of migration.

In the next weeks, we are going to finalise the deal and to get it approved by both branches of the budgetary authority”, said the lead rapporteur (Commission section of the EU budget 2019) Daniele Viotti (S&D, IT).

“It’s a great success for EU citizens, but also for a positive global development on science, with €150 million more for the Horizon 2020 programme. Youngsters will benefit from an additional €240 million for Erasmus, with €100 million more to come next year for both initiatives”, said Paul Rübig (EPP, AT), rapporteur for the other sections.

Background

Negotiations had resumed on the basis of a new Draft Budget, after the 21-day conciliation procedure provided for by the Treaty ended without an agreement two weeks ago. The last bones of contention were the necessary level of funding for researchers (Horizon 2020) and students (Erasmus+), where a vast majority of high-quality projects and applicants cannot be supported due to lack of funding available. In order to boost those programmes in line with Parliament’s demands, the Commission identified unused research appropriations from past budgets which had to be cancelled in 2017 and which could be revived, thanks to a new financial flexibility rule adopted by Parliament and the Council earlier this year. The Council, however, inflexibly refused to apply this new rule for 2019, and Parliament’s delegation therefore had to secure fresh appropriations instead (nearly half a billion Euros extra for both programmes).

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MEPs want ambitious funding for cross-border projects to connect people

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MEPs want ambitious funding for cross-border projects to connect people

  • EUR 11.16 billion for cross-border cooperation
  • Co-financing rate for projects set at 80%
  • Simplify funding rules for small projects implemented by civil society

Economic and social cohesion and cooperation in neighbouring border regions should get maximum support, according to the Regional Development Committee.

In Monday´s vote, MEPs recommended adding an extra EUR 2.73 billion to earmark a total amount of EUR 11.16 billion for European territorial cooperation (Interreg), to be funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF+) and the Cohesion Fund for the 2021-2027 programming period.

The committee recommends allocating

  • EUR 7,5 billion (67,16 %) to cross-border cooperation,
  • EUR 1.97 billion in total (17,68 %) for transnational cooperation,
  • EUR 357.3 million in total (3,2 %) for outermost regions’ cooperation,
  • EUR 365 million in total (3,27 %) for interregional cooperation, and

EUR 970 million (8,69 %) to the new initiative on interregional innovation investments.

Special attention to SMEs and small projects

Applications for People2people and small-scale projects involving SMEs should be encouraged by removing administrative barriers and simplifying access to funding.

The maximum co-financing rate for projects should be set at 80 % – 10 % more than what the European Commission initially proposed.

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“Interreg is an important symbol against the concept of isolation and for cooperation amongst neighbours. We want border hindrances to be removed – including, above all, the ones in people’s minds. Border regions should become communal spaces in which Europe becomes a tangible reality in everyday life. This is what the Interreg programme enables us to do”, said Parliament’s rapporteur Pascal Arimont (EPP, BE).

Next steps

The text was adopted with 23 votes to 0 and no abstentions and will be tabled for a plenary vote in January to obtain a mandate for negotiations with the Council.

Background

The role of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is to contribute to reducing disparities between the development levels in the various regions and to support the least favoured regions, among which particular attention is to be paid to cross-border regions, rural areas, areas affected by industrial transition, areas with a low population density, islands and mountain regions. The purpose of the resolution is to lay down the specific provisions for the European territorial cooperation goal (Interreg) supported by the ERDF and external financing instruments for the period 2021-2027.

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EP Committees: EU Budget 2019 to focus on young people – BUDG – Corrigendum

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Press release – 09.10.2018

Budgetary committee

EU Budget 2019 to focus on young people 

  • MEPs boosted funds for Erasmus+, tackling youth unemployment and migration, research, infrastructure investments and climate protection 
  • Resolution complements the recent vote on figures and completes MEPs’ position on next year’s EU budget 
  • Plenary to confirm position on 24 October, negotiations with Council to start in November 

Budgets Committee MEPs demanded an  EU budget for 2019 capable of tackling the numerous challenges that the EU continues to face, in a vote on Tuesday.

MEPs’ priorities for next year’s budget are “sustainable growth, innovation, competitiveness, security, tackling the root causes of refugee and migration flows, managing refugee and migration flows, the fight against climate change and the transition to sustainable energy, and a particular focus on young people.”

They “fail to understand” the reasoning behind the cuts proposed by the Council to the European Commission’s draft budget, especially those to the research and infrastructure programmes, which are “the very programmes designed to make the EU economy more competitive and innovative.” Budgets Committee MEPs thus decided to restore all those cuts, with limited exceptions.

In addition, MEPs intend to particularly boost programmes supporting the young, with significant increases to Erasmus+ and the Youth Employment Initiative. Further major top-ups to the Commission’s 2019 draft budget that MEPs want to push through during upcoming negotiations with the Council concern research and infrastructure programmes and those tackling migration.

A more detailed account on the figures can be found in this recent press release.

Members of the Budgets Committee on Tuesday voted on a motion for a resolution by co-rapporteurs Daniele Viotti (S&D, IT) and Paul Rübig (EPP, AT) concerning the EU draft budget 2019, almost two weeks after the corresponding vote on the figures. The resolution was adopted by 27 votes to 5, with 2 abstentions.

Next steps

Parliament as a whole will vote on Wednesday, 24 October on a proposed budget amounting to €166.3 billion in commitments, which is €721 million more than the original European Commission proposal, and €149.3 billion in payments (including special instruments).

The plenary vote will kick off three weeks of “conciliation” talks with the Council, with the aim of reaching a deal between the two institutions in time for next year’s budget to be voted on by Parliament and signed by its President on 29 November.

In the chair: Mr Jean Arthuis (ALDE, FR)

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Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection

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Press release – 10.10.2018

Civil Liberties / Data Protection / Information society

Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection

  • Competition rules should be upgraded to reflect the digital reality
  • Measures to prevent election meddling
  • EU institutions may consider shutting their Facebook accounts if citizens’ data at risk
  • Member states should investigate alleged misuse of online political space by foreign forces

EU bodies should be allowed to fully audit Facebook to assess data protection and security of users’ personal data, said Civil Liberties MEPs on Wednesday.

MEPs take note of the privacy improvements undertaken by Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but recall that the company has yet not carried out the promised full internal audit. They recommend that the company makes “substantial modifications to its platform” to comply with EU data protection law.

The committee also urges Facebook to allow the EU Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and the European Data Protection Board to carry out “a full and independent audit” and present the findings to the European Commission and Parliament and national parliaments.

The resolution, passed with 41 votes to 10 and 1 abstention, summarises the conclusions reached after the meeting last May between leading MEPs and with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the three subsequent hearings to clarify the impact of the Facebook data breach by Cambridge Analytica. It also refers to the latest data breach suffered by Facebook, on 28 September, which exposed access tokens for 50 million accounts.

Fight against election meddling

MEPs note that the General Data Protection Regulation and the new rules on European political party funding already foresee sanctions for breaching data protection rules to influence elections’ outcomes.

To prevent electoral meddling via social media, they also propose:

  • applying conventional “off-line” electoral safeguards, such as rules on transparency and limits to spending, respect for silence periods and equal treatment of candidates;
  • making it easy to recognize online political paid advertisements and the organisation behind them;
  • banning profiling for electoral purposes, including use of online behaviour that may reveal political preferences;
  • social media platforms should label content shared by bots and speed up the process of removing fake accounts;
  • compulsory post-campaign audits to ensure personal data are deleted;
  • investigations by member states with the support of Eurojust if necessary, into alleged misuse of the online political space by foreign forces.

Update competition rules and increase algorithmic transparency

MEPs call on the European Commission to upgrade EU competition rules to reflect the digital reality, look into the social media platforms’ possible monopoly and audit the advertising industry on social media.

 The text also asks for much greater accountability and transparency on algorithmic-processed data by any actor, be it private or public.

Facebook accounts of EU institutions

MEPs ask all EU institutions, agencies and bodies to verify that their social media pages and the analytical and marketing tools used “should not by any means put at risk the personal data of citizens”. If needed, they suggest that they “consider closing their Facebook accounts” to protect personal data of every individual contacting them.

Call on the Commission to suspend Privacy Shield

MEPs call on the European Commission to suspend the Privacy Shield agreement (designed to protect EU citizens whose personal data are transferred to the US for commercial purposes), since US authorities failed to comply with its terms by 1 September 2018.

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Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee and rapporteur, said: “This resolution makes clear that we expect measures to be taken to protect citizens’ right to private life, data protection and freedom of expression. Improvements have been made since the scandal, but, as the Facebook data breach of 50 million accounts showed just last month, these do not go far enough.”

Next steps

The resolution will be put to a vote by the full Parliament during the next plenary session (22-25 October) in Strasbourg.

Further information

Interview with rapporteur Claude Moraes: “We have to look at how social platforms are used for campaigns”

 Multimedia package: Data Protection

 Video: extracts from the vote – statement by rapporteur Claude Moraes

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Humanitarian visas to avoid refugees’ deaths

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Press release – 10.10.2018

Justice & Citizenship / Asylum / Visa policy

Humanitarian visas to avoid refugees’ deaths

  • Holders would access EU territory for the sole purpose of requesting international protection
  • To be issued at EU embassies and consulates abroad
  • 90% of those granted international protection in the EU arrived via irregular means
  • Around 30 000 people have died trying to reach Europe since 2000

EU countries should be able to issue humanitarian visas at embassies and consulates abroad, so people seeking protection can access Europe without risking their life.

With 39 votes to 10, the Civil Liberties Committee agreed on Wednesday to ask the European Commission to table, by 31 March 2019, a legislative proposal establishing a European Humanitarian Visa, giving access to European territory – specifically to the member state issuing the visa – for the sole purpose of submitting an application for international protection

MEPs stress that despite numerous announcements and requests for safe and legal pathways for asylum-seekers into Europe, the EU lacks a harmonised framework of protected entry procedures. They underline that, due to insufficient legal options, an estimated 90% of those granted international protection reached the European Union through irregular means.

Cut the death toll, combat smuggling and improve use of migration funds

According to the committee, humanitarian visas would help to address the intolerable death toll in the Mediterranean and on the migration routes to the EU (at least 30 000 persons have died at EU borders since 2000), to combat human smuggling, and to manage arrivals, reception and processing of asylum claims better.

This tool should also contribute to optimising member states’ and the EU’s budget for asylum, law enforcement procedures, border control, surveillance and search and rescue activities, MEPs say.

Security screening before issuing the visa

Beneficiaries will have to prove well-founded exposure to or risk of persecution and not be in a resettlement process already. The assessment of the application should not involve a full status determination process, but before issuing the visa, each applicant should be subject to a security screening, through the relevant national and European databases, “to ensure that they do not pose a security risk”.

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Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES), rapporteur, said: Against the background of an unacceptable death toll in the Mediterranean, the EP needs to deliver. The vote today is a limited step, but nonetheless a very important political signal to the EU Commission. We need to do more to help those human beings in need, as there are currently clearly not enough legal and safe pathways to the EU for those seeking international protection.”

Next steps

This legislative initiative will be put to a vote by the full House in the November plenary session. If adopted by plenary by qualified majority, the Commission will have to give a reasoned reply to Parliament’s request.

Further information

EP Research Service: Added value assessment on humanitarian visas (July 2018)

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Deal on protecting workers from exposure to harmful substances

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Press release – 11-10-2018

Deal on protecting workers from exposure to harmful substances

·         Parliament negotiators added diesel fumes to the list of harmful substances

·         Exposure limit values and skin notations for eight additional cancer-causing substances

·         Better protection of some 20 million workers in the EU

A deal on new EU rules to better protect workers from exposure to carcinogenic and mutagenic substances was struck by Employment Committee MEPs and the Council.

12 million workers in the EU potentially exposed to diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEE) will now be better protected, as diesel fumes and their corresponding exposure limit value were added to the final deal.

 The second revision of the 2004 directive intends to further lower the risk for workers of getting cancer, which is the primary cause of work-related deaths in the EU.

The negotiators agreed on the European Commission proposal to set the exposure limit values (maximum amount of substance allowed in workplace air) and/or skin notations (possibility of significantly absorbing substance through the skin) for five additional carcinogens:

·         trichloroethylene, 4,4-methylenedianiline, epichlorohydrine, ethylene dibromide and ethylene dichloride.

Quotes

Claude Rolin (EPP, BE), rapporteur, said: “This agreement is a successful outcome, as we managed to introduce a limit value for diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEE), after months of negotiation. In the European Union, more than 12 million workers are exposed occupationally to DEEE. This second revision of the directive gives a clear signal: monitoring occupational exposure to more and more harmful substances substantially strengthens workers’ protection. We need to constantly monitor this. Cancer is the leading cause of work-related death in the E.U. It is unacceptable that workers lose their lives while trying to earn a living.”

Marita Ulvskog (S&D, SE), Employment Committee Chair and rapporteur for the first batch of substances, added: “In a joint effort with the Austrian Presidency, and with the technical support of the Commission, we were able to reach this pragmatic agreement, under which 8 additional cancer-causing chemicals will be covered by the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive, including diesel exhaust. We can be proud of this agreement, which will prevent more than 100,000 deaths caused by cancer over the next 50 years and is a milestone on the path to delivering the European Pillar of Social Rights.”

 

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EP Committees: Security: better access to data for border control and migration management – LIBE

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Press release  – 15.10.2018

Justice & Citizenship / Justice & Home Affairs

Security: better access to data for border control and migration management

  • EU security and border control information databases to exchange information 
  • Easier access for border guards, migration and police officers and judicial authorities 
  • Safeguards for protection of fundamental rights and access to data 

New measures to improve data exchange between EU information systems for border, security and migration management were backed by the Civil Liberties Committee

The measures, adopted by Civil Liberties MEPs on Monday, would facilitate the tasks of border guards, migration officers, police officers and judicial authorities by providing them with more systematic and faster access to various EU security and border-control information systems.

By enabling the exchange of data between the systems, they will become interoperable. The main elements approved are:

  • European search portal allowing simultaneous searches, rather than searching each system individually;
  • Shared biometric matching service for cross-matching fingerprints and facial images from several systems;
  • Common identity repository providing biographical information such as dates of birth and passport numbers of non-EU citizens for more reliable identification;
  • Multiple identity detector, detecting whether a person is registered under multiple identities in different databases

Furthermore, MEPs ensured that proper safeguards will be in place on protecting fundamental rights and access to data.

The systems covered by the new rules would include the Schengen Information System, Eurodac, the Visa Information System (VIS) and three new ones: the European Criminal Records System for Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN), the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS).

Quotes

Rapporteur Jeroen Lenaers (EPP, NL) said: “The proposals significantly improve the way EU information systems are used to enhance the security of European citizens, while at the same time safeguarding fundamental rights such as privacy. We are not collecting more data, we are simply using the existing data to its full potential.”

Rapporteur Nuno Melo (EPP, PT) said: “The proposed measures will address current weaknesses and shortcomings in information management. They will make it possible to clarify that the information provided is correct and complete. This is essential for protecting our external borders and improving internal security.”

Next steps

The draft report on interoperability between EU information systems focusing on borders and visa was adopted by 45, to 10, with no abstentions.

The draft report on interoperability between EU information systems focusing on police and judicial cooperation, asylum and migration was approved by 45, to 9, with no abstentions.

The committee also approved a mandate to start informal talks with the Council, which can start as soon as Parliament as a whole gives its green light.

Further information

Procedure file: Interoperability between EU information systems (borders and visa)

Procedure file: Interoperability between EU information systems (police and judicial cooperation, asylum and migration)

EP Think Tank: Interoperability between EU information systems for security, border and migration management

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs


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Brexit: EP Steering Group insists on need for Ireland/Northern Ireland backstop

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Press release – 15-10-2018

Constitutional Affairs

Brexit: EP Steering Group insists on need for Ireland/Northern Ireland backstop

European Parliament Brexit Steering Group chaired by Guy Verhofstadt issued the following statement this Monday 15 October:

“We have followed very closely the developments of the last 24 hours.

It is our very strong view that the Withdrawal Agreement must include a workable, legally operational and all-weather backstop for the Ireland/Northern Ireland border fully in line with the Joint Report of last December and the Prime Minister May’s letter to President Tusk of 19 March 2018.

Without such a backstop, the European Parliament would not be in a position to give its consent to the Withdrawal Agreement.

We reiterate our full support for the Chief Negotiator and his negotiating strategy.”

Composition of the Brexit Steering Group:

 

Further information

More information on the Brexit Steering Group

EP News page on Brexit

 


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