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EU: Council of the European Union: Internal Security,
Interoperability & Visas and Europol & private partners
of the renewed EU Internal Security Strategy: joint Presidency
paper (LIMITE doc no: 10991-19, 87 pages, pdf): "Delegations
will find attached a revised version of the joint paper of the
outgoing Romanian Presidency and the Finnish Presidency on the
implementation of the renewed EU Internal Security Strategy."
and the visa procedure - Possible implications of Interoperability
on the daily work of the consulates - Presentations (LIMITE doc no: WK 8371/2019, pdf):
"Delegations will find attached the presentations made
by the Commission services, eu-LISA and the Presidency on the
abovementioned subject at the Visa Working Party meeting on 10
cooperation with strategic partners: strengths and possible inefficiencies
in cooperation with Private Parties (LIMITE doc no: 10494-19, pdf): "Member
States authorities, Europol cooperates with the following partners:
Union bodies, third country authorities, international organisations
and private parties. This cooperation is regulated in the Europol
Regulation Chapter V."
Merkel calls for restarting EU migrant rescue mission (DW, link):
"German Chancellor Angela
Merkel on Thursday called for the resumption of European naval
missions to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean."
Johnson Government: Working for the Brexit Clampdown
(CCSE, link) by Joe Sim and Steve Tombs:
"The administration is
following a familiar path that has a history of at least 40 years
in the Tory party: first, that attitudes and actions towards
the EU are not at all about any national interest
but are about party interests and, specifically, keeping a Tory
Government in power at all and any costs; and, second, invoking
a tough on crime, law and order discourse to capitalise on popular
anxieties to offer false certainties around security and a sense
Brexit looms, UK still hopes to join EU fingerprint exchange
After a long and rather tortuous
process, the UK joined the 'Prüm' network of EU member states'
DNA databases in June. Despite the current government's apparent
preference for some variety of hard Brexit, the UK is also hoping
to connect to other EU member states' fingerprint databases -
but first it must pass a data protection and a technical evaluation.
police know what youll do next summer (New Statesman,
"...The development of
machine-learning algorithms, allied with cuts to police budgets,
is propelling a version of the future long feared by privacy
advocates and revered by technology companies. The question is
no longer whether artificial intelligence will dramatically change
policing, but how and for whose benefit. "
statement on the Italian security decree of June 2019
"The introduction in
Italy of draconian measures in relation to vaguely defined violations
adds a further dimension to the pressure on volunteers, who already
have to face the risk of being subject to investigations for
violations of national immigration laws.
The effect is to reverse the
order of the values enshrined in the Constitutions and Charters
of fundamental rights, prioritizing alleged security reasons
over the protection of human lives."
recognition in King's Cross prompts call for new laws
(BBC News, link):
"There is growing pressure
for more details about the use of facial recognition in London's
King's Cross to be disclosed after a watchdog described the deployment
rescue ship heads for Italy after judge overrules Salvini (Al Jazeera, link):
"An Italian court has
upheld an appeal by the Spanish rescue ship Proactiva Open Arms,
suspending far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's decision
to ban the ship from entering the country's waters."
breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and
defence firms (The
"The fingerprints of
over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information,
unencrypted usernames and passwords, and personal information
of employees, was discovered on a publicly accessible database
for a company used by the likes of the UK Metropolitan police,
defence contractors and banks."
crisis: latest news from across Europe (6-12.8.19) including:
- Greeces New Government
Is Cracking Down on Anarchists, Drug Dealers and Refugees
- Italian law increases penalties
related to protests and criminalises NGOs rescue of migrants
- EU border force Frontex accused
of allowing abuse of migrants
for Netpol campaigning as Home Office confirms it has stopped
using the term domestic extremism (Netpol,
"After almost a decade
of campaigning for an end to the highly subjective categorisation
of campaigners at domestic extremists, Netpol has
finally received confirmation that the Home Office has decided
to stop using the label.
In June, we highlighted a
report by David Anderson QC, a former independent reviewer of
UK terrorism legislation, who had called the domestic extremism
label manifestly deficient and indicated the Home
Office was under pressure to abandon it."
rescuers to be fined up to 1m under new Italian law promoted
by far-right Salvini
"Refugee rescue boats
carrying stranded migrants face fines of up to 1m after
the Italian parliament passed a controversial law promoted by
Matteo Salvini, the far-right interior minister.
Under the law, boat captains
bringing rescued refugees to Italy will face arrest if unauthorised;
their vessels could be confiscated; and the owners of the operations
face steep fines between 150,000 (£138,000) and 1m
may extend 'passenger name records' to rail and sea (EUobserver, link):
"The national governments
of the EU member states are considering extending mandatory record-keeping
of air passenger data to high-speed rail travel and sea traffic.
A majority of states have
said in diplomatic discussions that they were in favour of applying
the rules from the EU's passenger name record (PNR) directive,
currently only applicable to air travel, to other modes of transportation."
crisis: latest news from across Europe (26.7-5.8.19) including:
- Italy and Malta want compulsory
- UK Home Office rejects demands
for a time limit on migrant detention
- European Commission takes
Hungary to court over laws criminalising support for asylum-seekers
Mobilities Bristol - New thinking on people and movement (migration.blogs.bristol.ac.uk, link):
"Memorials to people
who have died and to those missing during migration - Reflections
on the first WUN-funded workshop By Martin Preston, University
Memorials form one way in
which public memory is created and reproduced (Dickinson, et
al, 2010). The shores of Lesvos and the water around it serve
as the final resting place for many of those lost. Initiated
by Welcome to Europe a purpose-made physical recognition
of the dead and missing of the ongoing migration crisis,
monument at the shores at Thermi on the East of the island was
destroyed by unknown perpetrators. However the spot remains
a focal point to remember those who have died, as happens annually
since October 2013."
Office rejects Human Rights Committees call for a time
limit to immigration detention (HoC, link):
"The Home Office has
rejected the UK Parliament Human Rights Committees recommendation
to introduce a time limit on immigration detention, despite the
overwhelming cross-party support."
lie detector for travelers: Patrick Breyer sues EU for
keeping the iBorderCtrl project secret (.patrick-breyer.de, linnk):
"The EU is funding the
development of a video lie detector to detect deception
by immigrants through video recordings of their faces. Because
the EU is keeping information on this scientifically highly controversial
project secret, civil liberties activist and Pirate Party Member
of the European Parliament, Dr. Patrick Breyer, has filed a complaint
with the EU Court of Justice."
crisis: latest news from across Europe (6.7-25-7.19)
coalition of the willing agrees new migrant solidarity
"Fourteen member countries
of the European Union have agreed to a new solidarity mechanism
proposed by Germany and France to allocate migrants across the
bloc, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday (22 July).
in addition to France and Germany, Finland, Luxembourg, Portugal,
Lithuania, Croatia and Ireland had also signalled a clear intention
to move forward with a new system. (...)
Italys Interior minister
Matteo Salvini, whose country is at the forefront of the migrant
influx in Europe, did not take part in the meeting."
See: Full-text: Réunion informelle
sur les migrations en Méditerranée (Paris, 22 juillet
2019): Chairs summary
plans for Artificial Intelligence (AI): Get ready to meet you
friendly "digital assistant"
- "a digital assistant
should be required to be able to explain its reasoning, and undergo
an ethical audit."
The Informal Meeting
of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers in July under the Finnish
Council Presidency discussed a report on: Artificial
Intelligence and law enforcement (pdf)
EU PNR extended to
internal flights and only a matter of time before PNR is extended
to sea, rail and road traffic too
The Council of the European Union:
the implementation of Directive (EU) 2016/681 on use of passenger
name record (PNR data - State of Play and Way Forward
(LIMITE doc no: 6300-19, pdf).
Union plans borderless query of facial images (link):
"In the Prüm Treaty,
the police search for biometric data among EU Member States is
significantly simplified. Under Austrias leadership, the
extension is now being examined for facial recognition. A corresponding
Council decision could already be taken next year.
The European Union wants to
make it much easier for the police to cross-check biometric data.
This concerns mugshots or photographs that are stored in police
databases after identification by the police."
scheme - Member States asked to agree to allow landings by "private
rescue vessels in the closest safe harbour"
A draft Note on: Commitments
by Member States for predictable temporary disembarkation scheme
(pdf) agrees to set up:
"a more predictable and
efficient temporary mechanism in order to ensure swift and dignified
disembarkation of migrants rescued at sea by private vessels
in closest safe harbour."
This is a France-Germany proposal
which is not supported by Italy
Rights Watch letter to Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (HRW, link):
"I am writing on behalf
of Human Rights Watch to ask you to order both an investigation
into unlawful pushbacks of migrants by Croatian border officials
and a halt to such actions.
In an interview with Swiss
television SRF on July 9, you acknowledged unlawful pushbacks
of migrants by Croatian border officials to Bosnia Herzegovina
and admitted that in some instances force is used. This contradicts
previous denials by Croatian officials, but is consistent with
the findings of Human Rights Watch, the UN Refugee Agency, and
for researchers: Statewatch Analyses: 1999-ongoing
Borderline: The EU's New Border Surveillance Initiatives:
Assessing the Costs and Fundamental Rights Implications of EUROSUR
and the "Smart Borders" Proposals (pdf) A study by the
Heinrich Böll Foundation. Written by Dr. Ben Hayes and Mathias
Vermeulen: "Unable to tackle the root of the problem,
the member states are upgrading the Unions external borders.
Such a highly parochial approach taken to a massive scale threatens
some of the EUs fundamental values - under the pretence
that ones own interests are at stake. Such an approach
borders on the inhumane."
How the EU works and justice and home
affairs decision-making (pdf)
20th Anniversary Conference, June 2011: Statewatch
'policy laundering' and the FATF - legalising surveillance, regulating
(pdf) by Ben Hayes
to EU decision-making and justice and home affairs after the
(pdf) by Steve Peers, Professor of Law, University of Essex,
with additional material by Tony Bunyan
Neoconopticon: the EU security-industrial
(pdf) by Ben Hayes
The Shape of Things to Come (pdf) by Tony Bunyan
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