Statewatch News Online, 28 September 2011 (24/11)

28 September 2011
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  1. EU: Statewatch Analysis: Court of Justice:The NS and ME Opinions -The Death of ‘Mutual Trust’?
  2. INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF JOURNALISTS: ’10 years after 9/11, Journalism in the Shadow of Terror Laws’
  3. EU: MANDATORY DATA RETENTION: Letter to the European Commission signed by 34 NGOs including Statewatch
  4. EU: Council of the European Union: Justice and Home Affairs Council, Final Press release for 22-23 September 2011
  5. EU: UK & FOUR OTHER MEMBER STATES OPPOSE SUSPECTS RIGHTS
  6. EU: SCHENGEN: Arrangement on the participation of the EFTA countries
  7. EU: Council of the European Union: European Protection Order
  8. EU-CROATIA: Council of the European Union: Accession Treaty
  9. EU: Meijers Committee: the Schengen Borders Code
  10. Human Rights Watch: The EU’s Dirty Hands: Frontex Involvement in Ill-Treatment of Migrant Detainees in Greece
  11. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: EU countries failing Libyan refugees stuck in limbo
  12. EU: Terrorist Finance Tracking System
  13. EU: Council of the European Union: Working Party for Schengen Matters (Schengen evaluation)
  14. Transatlantic Conference on Transparency Research: June 7-9, 2012
  15. Council of Europe: Dick Marty, Abuse of state secrecy and national security
  16. EU: Commission Press Release: training 700,000 legal professionals in EU law by 2020
  17. EU: Council of the European Union: 1994 report: Evaluation of National Anti-Terrorist Arrangements
  18. EU: Council of the European Union: EU Terrorist Finance Tracking System (TFTS)
  19. EU: European Commission: European Commission boosts efforts to counter violent extremismEU: Internal security: Project Harmony
  20. France: Sarkozy plans the opening of an additional 30,000 prison places by 2017
  21. 9/11: The day we lost our privacy and power
  22. BRUSSELS: Inaugural international Freedom not Fear protest a success
  23. EU-FRONTEX: European Parliament
  24. EU: BODY SCANNERS

1.  EU: Statewatch Analysis: Court of Justice:The NS and ME Opinions -The Death of ‘Mutual Trust’? by Steve Peers, Professor of Law, University of Essex
http://www.statewatch.org/analyses/no-148-dublin-mutual-trust.pdf

“The key arguments in the opinions are that (a) there is no complete ?opt-out? from the Charter for the UK and Poland, although the effect of the Charter might be limited for those States as regards social rights; and (b) despite the Dublin system, asylum-seekers cannot be sent to a Member State where there is a serious risk that their Charter rights will be violated.

2.  INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF JOURNALISTS: Recommendations: IFJ/EFJ Conference ?10 years after 9/11, Journalism in the Shadow of Terror Laws?, held in Brussels on 10th-11th September, 2011: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/ifj-conference-10-11-sep-11-final-recommendations.pdf

3.  EU: MANDATORY DATA RETENTION: Letter to the European Commission signed by 34 NGOs including Statewatch: Letter:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/eu-mand-ret-ngo-letter-to-com.pdf

“We remain convinced that a comprehensive impact assessment will definitively show that data retention is neither necessary for market harmonisation nor for the fight against serious crime and is, therefore, illegal.”

See Statewatch’s Observatory: The surveillance of telecommunications in the EU:
http://www.statewatch.org/eu-data-retention.htm

4.  EU: Council of the European Union: Justice and Home Affairs Council, 22-23 September 2011: Final Press release for 22-23 September 2011:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/eu-jha-council-22-23-sept-11-prel.pdf

Main Agenda – “B” Points: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/eu-jha-council-22-23-sep-b-pts-agenda-14316-11.pdf
“A” Points – legislative: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/eu-jha-council-22-23-sep-a-pts-legis-14317-11.pdf
“A” Points – non-legislative (pdf) adopted without discussion: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/eu-jha-council-22-23-sep-a-pts-non-legis-14318-11.pdf

5.  EU: UK & FOUR OTHER MEMBER STATES OPPOSE SUSPECTS RIGHTS: Proposal for a Directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and on the right to communicate upon arrest – Note by Belgium / France / Ireland / the Netherlands / the United Kingdom:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/eu-council-criminal-rights-14495-11.pdf

and See: Five EU countries oppose new rights on access to lawyers (euobserver, link): “Belgium, France, the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands are opposing a European Commission proposal to extend the right to a lawyer for the entire period a suspect is held in police custody, citing rising costs and concerns that criminal procedures may be compromised.”: http://euobserver.com/22/113709

6. EU: SCHENGEN: Arrangement on the participation of the EFTA countries in the Commission’s Schengen committees:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/eu-copuncil-efta-schengen-conclusions.pdf

“An arrangement was signed today between the European Union and the EFTA countries on their participation in the work of the committees which assist the European Commission in the exercise of its executive powers as regards the implementation, application and development of the Schengen acquis.”  THe EFTA countries are: Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland. They are already on the MIxed Committee of the Council. See also: ‘Populism’ decried as Romania, Bulgaria barred from Schengen (euractiv, link): http://www.euractiv.com/print/justice/populism-decried-romania-bulgaria-barred-schengen-news-507867

7.  EU: Council of the European Union:

– European Protection Order: – Outcome of proceedings of COREPER on 21 September 2011: “The Presidency has informed delegations of the fact that the European Parliament welcomed the proposal of the Council, showing great flexibility with respect to the amendments to the text voted by the Plenary on 14 December 2010.”
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/eu-council-epo-deal-14512-11.pdf

– Final text from trilogue with European Parliament: Directive on the European Protection Order:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/eu-council-epo-deal-14471-11.pdf

– New asylum emergency system Common European Asylum System = State of play/guidance on further negotiations on CEAS:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/eu-council-asylum-emergency-plan-13930-add1-11.pdf

8.  EU-CROATIA: Council of the European Union: Final EU and Candidate Country agreed text on the accession Treaty: Subject: Accession Treaty: Treaty concerning the accession of the Republic of Croatia:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/eu-council-croatia-accession-treaty-AC31-11.pdf

9.  EU: Meijers Committee Note to the European Parliament: Proposal for a Regulation amending the Schengen Borders Code (COM(2011)118 final):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/eu-meijer-cttee-note-proposed-amendments-schengen-borders-code.pdf

10. Human Rights Watch report: The EU’s Dirty Hands: Frontex Involvement in Ill-Treatment of Migrant Detainees in Greece (link):
http://www.hrw.org/print/reports/2011/09/21/eu-s-dirty-hands

“This report assesses Frontex?s role in and responsibility for exposing migrants to inhuman and degrading detention conditions during four months beginning late in 2010 when its first rapid border intervention team (RABIT) was apprehending migrants and taking them to police stations and migrant detention centers in Greece?s Evros region. The RABIT deployment has been replaced by a permanent Frontex presence. The report is based on interviews with 65 migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in Greece in November and December 2010 and February 2011, as well as with Frontex and Greek police officials.”

11.  AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: EU countries failing Libyan refugees stuck in limbo (link): “European countries have shamefully failed to help thousands of mainly African refugees stranded near Libya?s borders, Amnesty International said today in a new briefing paper.”:
http://amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=19697

12.  EU: Terrorist Finance Tracking System: Council of the European Union: Questions in relation to the Commission Communication on TFTS:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/aug/eu-council-cats-tftp-13204-11.pdf

“It may be argued that the setting up of a TFTS will not allay the second concern of the Parliament, namely the bulk transfer of personal data by a private company to a government body and the storage of these data during a long period.” (comment on the Commission proposal: A European terrorist finance tracking system: available options) (COM 429): http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-com-eu-tfts-com-429-11.pdf

13.  EU: Council of the European Union: Working Party for Schengen Matters (Schengen evaluation) – Mixed Committee (EU-Iceland / Norway / Switzerland / Liechtenstein) 13 July 2011 – Subject: Outcome of proceedings:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/aug/eu-council-schengen-evaluation-13296-11.pdf

14. Transatlantic Conference on Transparency Research: June 7-9, 2012 (links):
http://www.transparencyconference.nl/

Call for Proposals Deadline: November 30, 2011: http://www.transparencyconference.nl/call-for-papers/ Programme Committee and Location: Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands: http://www.transparencyconference.nl/program-committee/

“The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers from North-America and Europe in order to exchange the latest findings and insights concerning transparency and open government. This transatlantic conference on transparency research follows up on the 1st Global Conference on Transparency Research which was held in Newark (NJ) in May 2011. We explicitly aim to bring together scholars from various disciplines such as public administration, law, political science, journalism, sociology, etc.”

15.  Council of Europe: Rapporteur: Dick Marty, Switzerland, Alliance of Democrats and Liberals for Europe: Abuse of state secrecy and national security: obstacles to parliamentary and judicial scrutiny of human rights violations:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/coe-marty-state-secrecy-and-nat-sec.pdf

16.  EU: Commission Press Release: European Commission sets goal of training 700,000 legal professionals in EU law by 2020 (pdf) and Building trust in EU-wide justice: A new dimension to European Judicial training (COM 551/11):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/eu-com-judicial-training-prel.pdf

17.  EU: Council of the European Union: 1994 report: “Partial access” (censored): Interim Report on the Evaluation of National Anti-Terrorist Arrangements:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/eu-council-terr-eval-censored-14306-ext1-04.pdf

18.  EU: Council of the European Union: EU Terrorist Finance Tracking System (TFTS): Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council – A European terrorist finance tracking system: available options (COM (2011)429) – Orientation ministerial debate on the TFTS:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/eu-council-tfts-14207-11.pdf

19. EU: European Commission: European Commission boosts efforts to counter violent extremism:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/eu-com-radicalisation-network.pdf

See: Countering radicalisation and recruitment (link): http://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/policies/terrorism/terrorism_radicalisation_en.htm

and ENER (European Network of Experts on Radicalisation): http://www.ec-ener.eu/home

20.  EU: Internal security: Project Harmony (link to project report, 102 pages) The framework partners for the project are the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Europo!. The project started in October 2009: http://euro-police.noblogs.org/files/2011/03/Harmony_FinalDraft.pdf

21.  France: Sarkozy plans the opening of an additional 30,000 prison places by 2017
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/03france-prisons-law.htm

22.  9/11: The day we lost our privacy and power – Every day, we have to prove we have ‘nothing to hide’ (The Register, link) byDuncan Campbell
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/10/how_september_11_changed_our_world/print.html

23.  BRUSSELS: Inaugural international Freedom not Fear protest a success (17 Sep 2011):
http://www.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/content/view/498/79/lang%2Cen/

24.  EU-FRONTEX: European Parliament: EU-FRONTEX: European Parliament: GUE/NGL group: New Frontex mandate a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/ep-gue-frontex-prel.pdf

and: Green/EFA Group: FRONTEX/EU border control: Half-hearted improvements on human rights protection fall short (Press release):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/ep-greens-frontexeu-border-control-prel.pdf

25.  EU: BODY SCANNERS: Question to the Commission from the ALDE Group in the European Parliament: Oral question to the Commission on Security Scanners:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/sep/ep-alde-question-body-scanners.pdf

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