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Provisional agreement on Firearms Directive

After a year of discussions, the Parliament and the Council have finally reached a provisional political agreement on the Firearms Directive, as proposed by the Commission in November 2015. The purpose of the revision is to make it harder to legally acquire high capacity weapons in the European Union, to allow better tracking of legally held firearms thus reducing the …

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European Travel Information and Authorization System

Following the announcement by President Juncker in his 2016 State of the Union address, the Commission has recently published its proposal on the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) to strengthen security checks on visa-free travellers. The ETIAS will gather information on all those travelling visa-free to the European Union, to allow for advance irregular migration and security checks …

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Temporary internal border controls

Following the Commission’s adoption of the Recommendation for prolonging temporary internal border controls, Commissioner Avramopoulos intervened at the European parliament in Strasbourg to present the Commission point of view. The responsible for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship underlined the important steps taken in the past months to strengthen and improve the management of the external borders of the EU, stressing …

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Privacy Shield: no sooner put into force than the questions begin

The Art. 31 Committee, bringing together experts from all EU Member States, finally voted, last 8th July, in favour of the Privacy Shield agreement between the EU and the US. Four national data experts, however, abstained from the vote. According to some sources, they were representatives from Austria (who had already voted against the General Data Protection Regulation), Bulgaria, Croatia …

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The EU proposes action to counter violent radicalisation

As part of its continued efforts to tackle the serious security problems facing Europe, rendered ever more visible by the recent terrorist attacks in France and Brussels, the European Commission has published a Communication on the prevention of violent radicalisation leading to extremism. In spite of the fact that this is generally viewed as a national responsibility, the Commission has …

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MEPs increase Europol’s powers in the fight against terrorism

MEPs have voted in favour of increasing the powers of the EU’s police agency, Europol. On 11th May, the Parliament approved a draft set of governance rules agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators in November 2015. The aim of these new rules is to provide Europol with the tools necessary to counteract increasing levels of cross-border crime and terrorist threats. …

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Commission presents revised Entry-Exit System proposal

On 6th April 2016, the European Commission presented its revised proposal for the establishment of an Entry-Exit System (EES) as part of the broader Smart Borders Package, which concerns the role of information systems in enhancing external border management, internal security and the fight against terrorism and organised crime. The Commission believes that the system will ensure that authorised short-stays …

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Transatlantic data transfers: agreement reached on an EU – US Privacy Shield

On 29th January 2016, an important step forward in the EU-US negotiations on a renewed Safe Harbour Agreement was made, thanks to the approval by the US Senate of the Judicial Redress Act. The Judicial Redress Act is a piece of legislation that will allow citizens from the European Union to enforce, in US Courts, their data protection rights as …

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Strengthening the exchange of criminal records on non-EU citizens

On 19th January, the European Commission put forward a proposal aiming to facilitate the exchange of non-EU citizens’ criminal records in the EU by upgrading the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS). Part of the European Agenda on Security, the aim is to reinforce cooperation between national authorities, in particular in the context of the fight against terrorism and cross-border …

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An important December for the EU PNR

On 2nd December 2015, the Council and the European Parliament (EP) achieved an agreement in trialogue on a compromise text on the EU PNR. On 4th December 2015, the Council approved the compromise text. Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, praised it as a “balanced and proportionate agreement,” and Etienne Schneider, Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister for Internal …

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