Statewatch News Online, No 1 of 2: 13 July 2011 (18/11)

  1. EU: Statewatch Analysis: The Frontex Regulation – Consolidated text after 2011 amendments
  2. EU “SMART BORDERS”?: Frontex Call for Tender: “Rapid Deployment Unattended Ground Sensor systems for Land border surveillance”
  3. EU: Council of the European Union: ECRIS and Prum
  4. EU: Member States to be bound by new security rules, Parliament adopts same restrictions
  5. UPDATED: EU: Council of the European Union: Informal Justice and Home Affairs Council
  6. EU: Appeal: A flotilla to stop deaths in the Mediterranean
  7. EU: European Data Protection Supervisor: EDPS safeguards for online behavioural advertising
  8. EU: European Arrest Warrant (EAWs): Updated figures
  9. EU: Council of the European Union: Classified information, COSI (Internal Security), IMS, JAI-EX, Pirates, Customs, JHA Presdiencies
  10. European Parliament Study: EU Bodies Competent in the Area of Police and Judicial Cooperation
  11. EU: European Commission: Progress Report on the development of the Second Generation SIS II
  12. EU: Statewatch Briefing: ECRE Call for a harmonised and upgraded Common European Asylum System
  13. UK-ECHR: United Kingdom required to investigate deaths of six civilians killed in Iraq in 2003

1. EU: Statewatch Analysis: The Frontex Regulation – Consolidated text after 2011 amendments (33 pages, pdf) by Steve Peers, Professor of Law, University of Essex
http://www.statewatch.org/analyses/no-140-frontex-reg-text.pdf

2. EU “SMART BORDERS”?: Frontex Call for Tender: “Aerostats and Rapid Deployment Unattended Ground Sensor systems for Land border surveillance”:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-frontext-uav-tender.pdf

and Talos (link): http://talos-border.eu/

“project is aimed at designing, implementing and field-testing a prototype of adaptable and transportable border surveillance system (Transportable Adaptable Patrol for Land Border Surveillance – TALOS). Like existing surveillance systems, TALOS is going to use sensors allowing to detect people, vehicles and hazardous substances, crossing the unregulated land border. Innovative concept behind the project is that the sensors will be carried by unmanned vehicles having a high degree of autonomy. This will give TALOS the advantage of cost effectiveness and surveillance capabilities not available to conventional systems based on static sensors. TALOS project consortium is formed of experienced research teams from industry, research and academia from Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Israel, Poland, Romania, Spain and Turkey.”

See also: The robot armies at our borders by Ben Hayes (Neoconopticon, link):
http://neoconopticon.wordpress.com/2010/12/18/a-shameful-investment-in-a-dystopia/

3. EU: Council of the European Union:

– European Criminal Record Information System: ECRIS – State of play:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-council-ecris-state-of-play-11571-11.pdf

– European Investigation Order: Initiative of the Kingdom of Belgium, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of Estonia, the Kingdom of Spain, the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Slovenia and the Kingdom of Sweden for a Directive regarding the European Investigation Order in criminal matters – strategic debate regarding Chapter IV of the draft directive at CATS: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-council-eio-pending-issues-12175-11.pdf

– “Prüm Decisions” – statistics and reports on automated data exchange Proposal for common statistics regarding DNA data exchange:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-council-dna-evaluations-12226-11.pdf

4. EU: Member States to be bound by new security rules, Parliament adopts same restrictions:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/02class-info-council-ep.htm

“The 27 EU-ambassadors in Brussels have agreed to make internal security rules for information binding law in the member countries. The 15 top members of the European Parliament have decided on similar rules. Information ”disadvantageous” to the EU shall not be disclosed to the public.”

5. UPDATED: EU: Council of the European Union: Informal Justice and Home Affairs Council, Sopot, Poland, 18-19 July 2011:

– The Future of the Schengen Area: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-council-informal-jha-schengen.pdf
– Moving ahead in the negotiations on the Common European Asylum System:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-council-informal-jha-comm-asyl.pdf
– Smart borders in the Schengen space: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-council-informal-jha-smart-borders.pdf
– New challenges to EU anti-drug policy: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-council-informal-jha-drugs.pdf
– Justice Agenda: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-council-informal-jha-justice-agenda.pdf
– Possible EU actions – supporting victims of crime: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-council-informal-jha-justice-victims.pdf
– Contract law: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-council-informal-jha-justice-contract-law.pdf

6. EU: Appeal: A flotilla to stop deaths in the Mediterranean (Migreurop, link):
http://www.migreurop.org/article2001.html?lang=fr

– French: http://www.migreurop.org/article2000.html?lang=fr
– German: http://www.migreurop.org/article2004.html?lang=fr
– Spanish: http://www.migreurop.org/article2003.html?lang=fr
– Italian: http://www.migreurop.org/article2002.html?lang=fr
– Greek: http://www.migreurop.org/IMG/pdf/flotillaGR-4.pdf
– Dutch: http://www.migreurop.org/IMG/pdf/Bateau-01-07-Dutch-3.pdf

“The lack of hospitality within the policy of European states has reached such an appalling level that it is our duty to act and to show the possibility of a Euro-Mediterranean area based on solidarity and respect for Human Rights. Following their meeting in Cecina (Italy), the Euro-Mediterranean organisations in favour of migrants’ rights decided to charter a flotilla which will proceed to maritime surveillance so that assistance is provided finally to people in danger.”

7. EU: European Data Protection Supervisor: EDPS calls on the European Commission to ensure that safeguards for online behavioural advertising are respected (Press Release): http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/edps-behavioural-advertising.pdf

and Speech: “Do not track or right on track? – The privacy implications of online behavioural advertising”:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/edps-behavioural-advertising-speech.pdf

“Peter Hustinx, EDPS, said: “Systematic tracking and tracing of consumer behaviour online is a highly intrusive practice and is now rightly subject to more stringent requirements. Although initiatives for increased transparency and consumer control in the online environment are most welcome, this should not result in a limitation of consumer rights. The European Commission should avoid any ambiguity as to its determination in making sure that these rights are delivered in the European Union.”

8. EU: European Arrest Warrant (EAWs): Updated figures: Replies to questionnaire on quantitative information on the practical operation of the European arrest warrant – Year 2010: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-council-eaw-figures-update-%209120-rev1-11.pdf

9. EU: Council of the European Union: Classified information, COSI (Internal Security), IMS, JAI-EX, Pirates, Customs, JHA Presdiencies:

– Agreement between the Member States of the European Union, meeting within the Council, regarding the protection of classified information exchanged in the interests of the European Union (OJ): http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-council-ms-agreement-classified-info.pdf

– Draft COSI 18-month Work Programme: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-coucil-cosi-18-months-progrmme-12363-11.pdf

– Draft 2nd action list for the implementation of IMS – Information Management Strategy for EU internal security:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-council-ims-2nd-list-of-action-12002-11.pdf

– Fourth Implementation Report of the “Strategy for the External Dimension of JHA: Global Freedom, Security and Justice” by the Council Secretariat (JAIEX working party): http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-council-jaiex-report-jan-2010-jun-11-11678-11.pdf

– Period of Reference: January 2010 – June 2011: JHA External Relations – Trio Programme (Poland, Denmark and Cyprus):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-council-jaiex-trio-prog-12004-11.pdf

– Council Decision on the signing and conclusion of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Mauritius on the conditions of transfer of suspected pirates and associated seized property from the European Union-led naval force to the Republic of Mauritius and on the conditions of suspected pirates after transfer:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-council-mauritius-pirates-agreement-9298-rev2-11.pdf

– Action 4.6 “To revise the concept of JCOs” – draft final report (Joint Customs Operations):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-council-jco-revision-9947-rev1-11.pdf

– 18 month programme of the Council (1 July 2011 – 31 December 2012) (JHA sections):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jun/eu-council-18-months-prog.pdf

10. European Parliament Study: Improving Coordination between the EU Bodies Competent in the Area of Police and Judicial Cooperation: Moving towards a European Prosecutor: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/ep-study-european-prosecutor.pdf

11. EU: European Commission: Progress Report on the development of the Second Generation SIS II: July 2010 – December 2010 (COM 391-11): “Closing a parenthesis of almost two years of difficulties.”: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-com-sis-II-com-391-11.pdf

12. EU: Statewatch Briefing: ECRE recommendations to the forthcoming Polish Presidency: Call for a harmonised and upgraded Common European Asylum System:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-sw-briefing-ecre.pdf

13. UK-ECHR: United Kingdom required to investigate deaths of six civilians killed in Iraq in 2003 in incidents involving British soldiers (Press release):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/uk-echr-grand-chamber%20judgment-Al-SKeini-v-UK.pdf

and Three-year internment of Iraqi civilian by British forces in Iraq violated the European Convention on Human Rights:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/uk-echr-grand-chamber%20judgment-Al-Jedda-v-UK-07.07.11.pdf

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