The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament has endorsed the EU-Turkey “readmission” agreement signed by both parties on 16 December 2013.
Ahmet Davutoglu (Turkish foreign affairs minister) and the EU Commissioners Cecilia Malmström and Stefan Füle announced that on the 16th December Turkey will sign an agreement on the readmission of migrants entering the EU illegally from its territory; in exchange for signing the readmission agreement, the EU will open up the way for visa liberalization for Turkish nationals.
The Conclusions of the European Council of these 24th and 25th of October speak of delaying the adoption of the data reform package by 2015.
The plenary assembly of the European Parliament has adopted on Wednesday (23 October 2013) the resolution “Migratory flows in the Mediterranean, with particular attention to the tragic events off Lampedusa”.
On Wednesday 23rd of October, the European Parliament has voted a non-binding resolution in favour of the suspension of the EU Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) agreement with the US in response to the US National Security Agency’s alleged tapping of EU citizens’ bank data held by the Belgian company SWIFT.
On Monday 21st of October, the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committee of the European Parliament approved the proposed amendments to the Proposal of a general data protection Regulation and of a separate Directive for the law enforcement sector.
On Thursday (10/10/2013) the European Parliament, gathered in Strasbourg, adopted the draft regulation Eurosur, which aims to establish a European border surveillance system. On several occasions, AEDH has expressed concern about the threat of Eurosur to Human rights.
This morning, the MEPs have adopted the EU-Armenia visa facilitation agreement and readmission agreement, the latter threatening migrant’s rights and democracy in Europe. AEDH is disappointed to find that the European Parliament, gathered in Strasbourg, has not taken into account its position on this issue.
On December 12th, 2012, the European Parliament adopted in plenary session the resolution (2011/2069(INI)) on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union (2010 – 2011) .
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) presented to the European Parliament its 2011 annual report.