Statewatch News Online, 7 April 2006 (08/06)
1. EU-US Informal High Level meeting on freedom, security and justice, Vienna – full-text
1. EU-US Informal High Level meeting on freedom, security and justice on 2-3 March in Vienna – full-text (pdf):
The minutes of this high-level meeting show the US input/interest on substantial issues of EU policy-making. Of particular interest are:
a. “US side indicated that it was considering approaching each [EU] Member State to ensure that the data collected on the basis of the recently adopted Directive on data retention be accessible to them”. This is the measure which will enable the surveillance of all phone-calls, e-mails, faxes, mobile phone-calls and internet usage.
b. “US side expressed serious concern about the negative impact that the draft Framework Decision on data protection would have on its bilateral relations with Member states if it was to be adopted in its present form”. This is a reference to Article 15 of the proposed measure referring to “an adequate level of protection is ensured in the third country” – which raises yet again the fact that there is no protection for non-US citizens. The EU side at the meeting clearly sought to meet this point by saying that: “Member States were divided on the need for such a provision”.
2. EU: Provisional agenda for the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 27/28 April 2006 (pdf):
3. Meijers Committee response to the Commission Green Paper on Conflicts of Jurisdiction and the Principle of ne bis in idem in Criminal Proceedings (pdf):
4. Spain: January-February 2006 statistics from the Oficina de asilo y refugio (Asylum and Refuge Office):
5. Spain: Policeman involved in reporting police abuses against migrants:
6. EU: UK House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union: European Arrest Warrant – recent developments (pdf):
7. EU: UK House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union: Human rights protection in Europe: the Fundamental Rights Agency (pdf):
8. Amnesty International: USA – Below the radar: Secret flights to torture and ‘disappearance’ (report, pdf):
9. EU-CIA: Highly detailed Working Table on alleged CIA flights/secret prisons prepared for the European Parliament’s inquiry (pdf) prepared by the ALDE/CIA team:
10. Italy: Text of the new drugs law: Chart detailing quantities of drugs to be considered a criminal offence published
11. EU: Corporate Observatory Europe: imaginative tour of Brussels lobbyists (link):
12. UK: The Terrorism Act 2006, the Identity Cards Act and the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act all received royal assent on 30 March 2006, becoming law. Terrorism Act 2006: full-text (pdf):
UK: Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 – full-text (pdf):
The text of the Identity Card Act is not yet available.
The Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, said: “This new legislation together will allow us to uphold our democratic right to freedom of speech and to free movement within the United Kingdom”