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Europol: a massive data breach revealing the risks

2 December 2016 – The European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) notes with concern the data breach at Europol, the European Police Office.
On Wednesday, Europol, reacting to the story of a Dutch public TV broadcaster, has admitted that some secret files concerning terrorist activities have been posted online as a result of a “human error”.

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The « reinforcement » of Eurodac: surveillance at the service of border control and not of a fair asylum system

2 December 2016 – Eurodac, the system created by regulation (EC) N° 2725/2000 , is the first European Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). In more technical terms, the Eurodac database functions according to a system of exchange and comparison, each State having to register asylum seekers data of whom it keeps files in its national database and transmits them to a central unit in order to register them and compare them existing ones. The central unit transmits the result (positive or negative) of the comparison to the Member State following a « hit/not hit » system, concordance / not concordance. The data reliability has to be analysed by EU Lisa before they are inserted into the central system.

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Editorial by D. Guibert: “CETA: the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning of the debate?”

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has limped past a last hurdle in Brussels. The European Parliament has unfortunately resoundingly rejected a motion tabled by 89 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) calling for a European Court of Justice opinion on the agreement’s legality. On 23 November in Strasbourg, this motion was rejected by 419 votes to 258, with 22 abstentions. It is therefore now up to the European Parliament Committee on International Trade to vote on the CETA agreement before an attempt at a vote in plenary sitting before Christmas. There are unlikely to be any surprises there, given that the majority of parliament members support laissez-faire economics. As European People’s Party MEPs would say, let’s adopt the CETA – it has no impact on our legal framework, the EU’s competences or our constitutional rights! In other words, this may be the beginning of the end of the debate…

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European funding in the field of migration

European funding in the field of migration

29 November 2016 – Following the European Commission proposal for the 2017 budget, the Parliament and the Council of the European Union (EU) have reached a temporary agreement on the 2017 budget, which will be put to the vote during the plenary session in December, the two institutions having to formally approve it.

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Statement: Violence against women has to be opposed with the means of rights

26 november 2016 – 33 % of women in the European Union are victims of violence at one point in their life and in the course of the 12 preceding months, 13 million women have experienced physical violence, 3.7 million sexual violence and 9 million have experienced stalking according to a survey of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU published in 2014

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Violence against women has to be opposed with the means of rights

26 november 2016 – 33 % of women in the European Union are victims of violence at one point in their life and in the course of the 12 preceding months, 13 million women have experienced physical violence, 3.7 million sexual violence and 9 million have experienced stalking according to a survey of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU published in 2014

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Towards a revision of the Blue Card…not very convincing

29 November 2016 – The 7th of November, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has dedicated a special hearing to the evaluation of the proposal for the reform of the Directive 2009/20/CE, known as the “Blue Card” Directive . The hearing was based on the conclusions of the impact assessment realised by the European Commission together with the OECD.

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Statement: Violence against women has to be opposed with the means of rights

25 november 2016 – 33 % of women in the European Union are victims of violence at one point in their life and in the course of the 12 preceding months, 13 million women have experienced physical violence, 3.7 million sexual violence and 9 million have experienced stalking according to a survey of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU published in 2014.

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