Statewatch News Online, 17 April 2012 (05/13)

17 April 2013 — Home page: http://www.statewatch.org/ • e-mail: office@statewatch.org

1.   EU: Dublin III: Council of the European Union 
2.   EU: Agency for Fundamental Rights report: Fundamental rights at the EU’s southern sea borders
3.   EU: European Commission: Proposal for a Regulation for the surveillance of the external sea borders in the context of operational cooperation
4.   UK: Secret mission? UK “homeland security” firms were in India three weeks before David Cameron’s February trade mission
5.   Greece: Statewatch visit to the Pikpa Centre for asylum-seekers in Mytilene
6.   EU: EU military spending is ‘elephant in the room’ and key factor in European debt crisis, argues new report
7.   EU: Schengen stalls, Prüm ploughs on: fingerprint, DNA and vehicle registration data exchange networks continue to expand
8.   EU: Schengen Information System (SIS II) goes live
9.   EU: European Commission press release: Internal security: What progress has been made?
10. EU: Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly report: Frontex: human rights responsibilities
11. EU: Europol: Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA) 2013
12. EU: European External Action Service (EEAS): Six Month Report on the EU Operations Centre
13. EU: European External Action Service (EEAS): Suggestions for crisis management procedures for CSDP crisis management operations
14. Statewatch analysis: The second phase of the Common European Asylum System: A brave new world – or lipstick on a pig?
15. EU: Council of Europe: Milestone reached in negotiations on accession of EU to the European Convention on Human Rights
16. EU: The spider’s web: Europol goes global in the hunt for intelligence and analysis: Part 3
17. EU: Council of the European Union: Business concept for an Information Exchange Platform for Law Enforcement Agencies
19. EU: Council of the European Union: Europol: Target information management architecture
20. EU: Council of the European Union: Draft Joint Declaration on a Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility between India and EU
21. EU: Council of the European Union: Exchange of EU classified information (EUCI) with third States and international organisations
22. EU: Council of the European Union: Politico-Military Group: CSDP aspects of the Cybersecurity Strategy
23. EU: Council of the European Union: Standing Committee on operational co-operation on internal security
24. EU: Council of the European Union: Preparation of the Schengen evaluation in 2013
25. EU: AP leads as Media Finally Ditch ‘Illegal’ Label for Migration
26. EU: Council of the European Union: State of play of COSI project group implementing one of the “29 measures”
27. EU: Council of the European Union: Proposal for a Council Directive on consular protection for citizens of the Union abroad
28. EU: European Commission: Proposal: the Convention concerning decent work for domestic workers
29. EU: Council of the European Union: Prüm Decisions documents

1. EU: Dublin III: Council of the European Union: Position of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national or a stateless person (recast) – common guidelines (15605/12):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-council-dublin-iii-regulation-15605-12.pdf

There was a deal between the European Parliament and the Council on the Dublin III Regulation last autumn, and the legislation was due to be adopted in December. However, this was delayed so that all the remaining asylum legislation could be adopted at the same time. There was a deal on the remaining asylum legislation just before Easter, so all the measures will probably be adopted officially in June, although this timing is not yet certain. The Regulation will apply six months after adoption, so probably from December 2013.

2. EU: Agency for Fundamental Rights report: Fundamental rights at the EU’s southern sea borders: Deficiencies, promising practices and challenges (press release, link) Full report:
http://fra.europa.eu/en/press-release/2013/fundamental-rights-eus-southern-sea-borders-deficiencies-promising-practices-and?_cldee=b2ZmaWNlQHN0YXRld2F0Y2gub3Jn

3.  EU: European Commission: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing rules for the surveillance of the external sea borders in the context of operational cooperation coordinated by the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Members States of the European Union (COM 2013 197) The Commission has made its new proposal to replace the measure which the Court of Justice annulled in September: 
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-com-frontex-external-sea-borders-197-13.pdf

See also: Statewatch analysis: Criticism of Frontex’s operations at sea mounts (November 2012):
http://www.statewatch.org/analyses/200-frontex-search-rescue.pdf

4. UK: Secret mission? UK “homeland security” firms were in India three weeks before David Cameron’s February trade mission
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/03uk-india-homeland-security.html

In late January, Conservative MP and Minister for Security James Brokenshire led a delegation of nearly 25 “homeland security” firms to India on a trip which, in sharp contrast to the trade mission to India undertaken by David Cameron in February, received no coverage in the press whatsoever.

5. Greece: Statewatch visit to the Pikpa Centre for asylum-seekers in Mytilene:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/02greece-mytilene-asylum-seekers.html

We visited the Pikpa Centre in early April 2013, an open facility run by volunteers in a building provided by the municipality. A significant number of the people in Pikpa today have been there for 17 or 18 days, not knowing if they will ever see a lawyer, be able to claim asylum, or move out of the Centre.

6. EU: EU military spending is ‘elephant in the room’ and key factor in European debt crisis, argues new report (TNI press release, link)
http://www.tni.org/pressrelease/eu-military-spending-elephant-room-and-key-factor-european-debt-crisis-argues-new

Full report: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-tni-guns-debt-corruption-report-april-2013.pdf

At a time of harsh cuts in social services, it is morally unjustifiable to spend money on weapons that should be invested in creating jobs and tackling poverty. High levels of military spending played a key role in the unfolding European economic crisis and continues to undermine efforts to resolve it, alleges a new report by Transnational Institute and the Dutch Campaign against the Arms Trade.

7. EU: Schengen stalls, Prüm ploughs on: fingerprint, DNA and vehicle registration data exchange networks continue to expand
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/01eu-schengen-prum.html

Discussions on allowing Bulgaria and Romania to join the Schengen area of border-free travel may have been postponed until December, but the EU’s law enforcement authorities will soon start benefitting from easier access to fingerprint and vehicle registration data from the two countries as they move towards fully implementing the Prüm Decisions.

8. EU: Schengen Information System (SIS II) goes live
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-309_en.htm?locale=en

Commission press release (link) Commission memo: Questions and Answers: Schengen Information System (SIS II) (link) List of competent authorities which are authorised to search directly the data contained in the second generation Schengen Information System (2013/C103/01):
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-309_en.htm

Today, the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) enters into operation to increase security and facilitate free movement within the Schengen area. The SIS II allows for an easy exchange of information between national border control authorities, customs and police authorities on persons who may have been involved in a serious crime. It also contains alerts on missing persons, in particular children, as well as information on certain property, such as banknotes, cars, vans, firearms and identity documents that may have been stolen, misappropriated or lost. Plus rejected asylum-seelers and those to be kept under “Observation”

Analysis of SIS II: 

Statewatch analysis: From the Schengen Information System to SIS II and the Visa Information System (VIS): the proposals explained (May 2005):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/analysis-sisII.pdf

Statewatch news online: Small steps to big brother: the development of the Visa Information System and the Schengen Information System II is back on track (August 2011): http://database.statewatch.org/article.asp?aid=30821

Statewatch news online: Commission reports that SIS II is “on track” to come into operation in early 2013 (October 2012):
http://database.statewatch.org/article.asp?aid=31920

Centre for European Policy Studies report: The Difficult Road to the Schengen Information System II: The legacy of ‘laboratories’ and the cost for fundamental rights and the rule of law (April 2011): http://www.ceps.eu/ceps/dld/4373/pdf

9.  EU: European Commission press release: Internal security: What progress has been made?
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-317_en.htm?locale=en

Organised crime is still a major challenge for the internal security of the EU. Cybercrime, along with trafficking in human beings and the increase in violent extremism are also major security threats that the EU continues to face, together with money laundering and corruption. These threats are outlined in the Commission’s annual report on the implementation of the EU’s Internal Security Strategy, released today. It highlights areas under each of the objectives of the strategy (2011-2014) where Member States and EU agencies should pay particular attention. See: Second Report on the implementation of the EU Internal Security Strategy (COM 2013 179):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-iss-report-2013-com-179.pdf

10.  EU: Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly report: Frontex: human rights responsibilities (Doc. 13161, 8 April 2013) …steps are necessary to enhance democratic scrutiny by the European Parliament, human rights training activities for those involved in Frontex operations should be a priority, and it is necessary to ensure public accountability by putting in place an independent monitoring system and an effective complaints mechanism: 
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-coe-frontex-report-2013.pdf

11. EU: Europol: Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA) 2013. This strategic report is Europol’s flagship product providing information to Europe’s law enforcement community and decision-makers about the threat of serious and organised crime to the EU:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-europol-socta-2013.pdf

12.  EU: European External Action Service (EEAS): Six Month Report on the EU Operations Centre, 22 September 2012 – 14 March 2013: 
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-eeas-euopcen-2012-report-7408-13.pdf

13.  EU: European External Action Service (EEAS): Suggestions for crisis management procedures for CSDP crisis management operations: 
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-eeas-crisis-managememnt-7660-13.pdf

14. Statewatch analysis: The second phase of the Common European Asylum System: A brave new world – or lipstick on a pig? by Professor Steve Peers, University of Essex: http://www.statewatch.org/analyses/no-220-ceas-second-phase.pdf 

Several years ago, the EU set itself the deadline of 2010 – later postponed to 2012 – for completing the second phase of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). Near the end of March 2013, the European Parliament (EP) and the Council (the Member States’ interior ministers) finally agreed upon the texts of the two remaining legislative measures to this end. No further EU measures on asylum (other than a revision of the current European Refugee Fund) are currently under discussion or planned for the time being. So the recently agreed rules will likely govern the issue of asylum in the EU for a number of years to come.

15.  EU: Council of Europe: Milestone reached in negotiations on accession of EU to the European Convention on Human Rights (link)
https://wcd.coe.int/ViewDoc.jsp?Ref=DC-PR041%282013%29

Negotiators for the 47 Council of Europe Member States and the European Union have finalised the draft accession agreement of the European Union to the European Convention on Human rights. The EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg will now be asked to give its opinion on the text.

See: Fifth negotiation meeting between the CDDH ad hoc negotiation group and the European Commission on the accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights: Final report to the CDDH: 
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-echr-accession-final-report-cddh.pdf

16. EU: The spider’s web: Europol goes global in the hunt for intelligence and analysis: Part 3
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/spiders-web-3-1.htm

The “angular lines” used in Europol’s logo, explains the agency, are “derived from a spider’s web which represents exchange of information, networking and the cooperative nature of our work.” The logo is made up of a number of pieces that “fit together like a jigsaw and symbolise our core business – analysis. The upward direction of the points in the symbol signifies speed, progress, upward movement and precision.” 

17. EU: Council of the European Union: Working Group on Information Exchange and Data Protection (DAPIX): Business concept for an Information Exchange Platform for Law Enforcement Agencies (7843/13):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-councol-ims-lea-europol-7840-13.pdf

18.  EU: Council of the European Union: Working Party on General Matters including Evaluations: Follow-up to mutual Evaluation Reports (6865/1/13):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-council-mutual-evaluation-report-6865-rev1-13.pdf

19.  EU: Council of the European Union: Europol: Target information management architecture (IMS Action 10) – Draft vision on EU law enforcement information exchange (7903/13) Draft vision on EU law enforcement information exchange submitted by Europol as the outcome of the work done in the Working Group on IMS Action Point 10: 
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-council-ims-lea-7903-13.pdf

20. EU: Council of the European Union: Draft Joint Declaration on a Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility between India and the European Union and its Member States (7600/13): http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-council-eu-india-mobility-partnership-7600-13.pdf

21. EU: Council of the European Union: Exchange of EU classified information (EUCI) with third States and international organisations (7791/13) Provides details of agreements concluded by the EU and of administrative arrangements entered into by the Secretary-General of the Council under which EUCI may be exchanged with third States and international organisations: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-council-euci-agreements-7791-13.pdf

22.  EU: Council of the European Union: Politico-Military Group: PMG recommendations on the CSDP aspects of the Cybersecurity Strategy of the European Union (7847/13) Following the agreement by the Politico-Military Group on 25 March 2013, the Political and Security Committee is invited to agree the PMG recommendations on the CSDP aspects of the Cybersecurity Strategy of the European Union: 
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-council-cybersecurity-pmg-opinion-7847-13.pdf

23.  EU: Council of the European Union: Standing Committee on operational co-operation on internal security (COSI): EU Policy Cycle: Implementation Monitoring (16014/12) Half year monitoring reports of the eight EMPACT Operational Action Plans for the second half of 2012.
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-cosi-policy-cycle-implementation-monitoring-16014-12.pdf

24. EU: Council of the European Union: Preparation of the Schengen evaluation in 2013 – Programmes, participants, technical details – an overview (5147/13)
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-schengen-evaluation-2013-overview-5147-13.pdf

25.  EU: AP leads as Media Finally Ditch ‘Illegal’ Label for Migration (Ethical Journalism Network, link): 
http://www.ethicaljournalismnetwork.org/author/mvilladoma/

The announcement this week by the Associated Press, the world’s biggest news media organisation, that it will no longer use the term “illegal immigrant” is welcome, but long overdue…The use of alternative terms – ‘undocumented’ or ‘unauthorised’, for instance – will help, but the decisions now being taken by major media illustrate that it may be time for journalists and media at all levels to rethink their use of language and its potential impact on the individuals concerned.

26.  EU: Council of the European Union: State of play of COSI project group implementing one of the “29 measures for reinforcing the protection of the external borders and combating illegal immigration”: “Measure 4″. FINAL REPORT (15906/1/12):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-council-cosi-29-measures-4-illegal-migration-es15906-rev1-12.pdf

27.  EU: Council of the European Union: Proposal for a Council Directive on consular protection for citizens of the Union abroad – Delegations’ comments to Chapters 3 and 4 (6493/13): http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-council-consular-protection-6493-13.pdf

28.  EU: European Commission: Proposal for a Council Decision authorising Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning decent work for domestic workers, 2011, of the International Labour Organisation (COM 2013 152):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-com-ilo-convention-domestic-workers.pdf

29.  EU: Council of the European Union: Prüm Decisions documents:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-council-prum-implementation-5074-rev2-13.pdf

Implementation of the provisions on information exchange of the “Prüm Decisions”: overview of documents and procedures; overview of declarations; state of play of implementation of automated data exchange (5074/2/13)

Statistics and reports on automated data exchange for 2012 (7146/13):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/eu-council-prum-implementation-stats-2012-7146-13.pdf

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Posted 17th April 2013 by InI in category Europe, Spies-R-Us

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