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for the externalisation of migration control: Austrian Presidency
seeks Member State views
How do the Member States think
EU budgets should be spent on the externalisation of migration
control? That was the subject of a questionnaire issued to Member
States' representatives in September 2018, in the context of
the ongoing negotiations on the EU's budget for the 2021-27 period.
experts: concern over EU's attempts to seal borders, close protection
space and disregard human rights and humanitarianism
In September eight UN working
groups, independent experts and special rapporteurs issued a
statement highlighting serious concerns over the ongoing attempts
to reform the EU's migration and asylum systems.
homeless fear they are Viktor Orbán's next target
(The Guardian, link):
"Many countries have
struggled to deal with the issue of homelessness but Hungary
may be the first to put a constitutional ban on living on the
streets. From next week, being homeless in Hungary will violate
crisis: latest news from across Europe (3-14.10.18) including: Fears growing in 'unbearable'
and overcrowded Moria refugee camp in Greece as winter approaches,
The "hotspots" experiment: removing human rights from
the equation and the contested Mediterranean
EU: Justice and Home Affairs
Council, 11-12 October, Luxembourg:
release (pdf) See also: "B"
Points Agenda (for discussion, pdf), "A"
Points agenda legislative (adopted without discussion,
pdf) and "A"
Points agenda non-legislative (adopted without discussion,
EU: The European Border and Coast
Guard: The Justice and Home Affairs Council is discussing:
debate: Doc no; 12768-18 (this is not a LIIMITE document,
pdf) which includes proposals for:
"strengthening the cooperation
with third countries by giving the agency a wider scope for
action (not limiting it to neighbouring countries);
- supporting Member States on a technical and operational
level with return operations; Agency staff can communicate directly
with third countries."
Some "concerns" have
been expressed as to the mandate of the standing corps of 10,000
EU: European Council: Updated
European Council meeting (18 October 2018) Draft conclusions
(LIMITE doc no: 11837-18, pdf)
the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) is in a mess
amongst Member States blocking adoption
Presidency of the Council has produced a report on the state
of play in the while trying to agree its negotiating position:
Presidency To: Permanent Representatives Committee/Council (LIMITE doc no: 12420-18,
pdf). There are no fewer than six previous versions.
Each of the seven
measures are held up because a minority of delegations (Member
States) in the Council are opposed to changes made or proposed
unacceptable changes to the Council's original, agreed, negotiating
position on which trilogue talks are based.
On its part the
European Parliament - after many trilogue meetings - stands by
the agreement reached in June on three measures: the Qualifications
Directive, Reception Directive and the Resettlement Regulation.
court orders inquiry into use of EU migrant funds (euobserver, link):
"Greek Supreme Court
prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou on Monday ordered an investigation
of how 570m of EU funds for migrant aid was spent after
the sacked head of hotspot reception centres, Andreas Iliopoulos,
indicated in a newspaper interview that EU funds for migration
were being mismanaged. Iliopoulos was responsible for reception
centres on Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Leros and Kos and in Evros,
northern Greece. He was dismissed last week."
And see: Prosecutor
launches probe into alleged mismanagement of EU Funds for refugees
(Keep Talking Greece, link)
next phase of the European Border and Coast Guard: towards operational
Law Analysis, link):
" Two years after the
establishment, in record time, of the European Border and Coast
Guard (EBCG), the Commissions new proposed Regulation opens
the way for a standing corps of 10,000 border guards, with its
own equipment and greater executive powers."
Austria and Denmark announce their "vision for a better
protection system in a globalized world"
A paper published
by the Austrian interior ministry and the Danish Ministry of
Immigration and Integration declares that "migration and
asylum policy will shape Europe's future", arguing that
"many citizens have lost trust in their governments' ability
to deal with the challenges of irregular migration" - trust
which will only be restored by "an alternative, unifying
and searched up to three times a day' - new report says
"The controversial gang
matrix, is counterproductive. It leads to continual, heavy-handed
policing of young black men and boys labelled as 'gang nominals'.
According to a hard-hitting new report published today (Wednesday
19 September) from stop and search campaign group StopWatch."
EU: Meijers Committee: Note
to the Presidency of the Council concerning the General Secretariat
draft policy paper on legislative transparency (pdf):
"On 13 July, the General
Secretariat of the Council of the EU circulated a draft policy
note to the Members of the Council with proposals for reform
of the policy on legislative transparency (document 11099/18
LIMITE). An initial discussion on these proposals was held at
the Coreper meeting of 18 July. On 20 July, Agence Europe reported
on the substance of the document. On 24 August, the document
was published on the website of Statewatch (...)" See:Document
11099-18 LIMITE (pdf)
Council: 18 October 2018: Migration, internal security and Big
Council meeting (18 October 2018) Draft guidelines for
conclusions (LIMITE doc no: 11816-18.pdf) target migration,
disinformation and the interoperable centralised database.
EU: On the fifth anniversary
of the Lampedusa shipwreck that took 368 lives: Save
the Aquarius, Save Lives - Joint NGO Letter (Human Rights
"Five years to the day
after the Lampedusa tragedy in which at least 368 people died,
rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea are more vital than
ever. It is alarming that the last rescue ship in the Central
Mediterranean may be forced to stop operating. We call on European
leaders to ensure the Aquarius can continue to save lives at
Global Counterterrorism Forum:
Travel Initiative' to expand global biometric watchlists
The USA and Morocco, acting as
part of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), launched on
28 September the 'Terrorist Travel Initiative' designed to identify
and address "potential weaknesses and gaps in a countrys
capacity to watchlist, share information, and utilize that information
for screening purposes."
crisis: latest news from across Europe (25.9-2.10.18) including: Lesvos refugee camp
at centre of Greek misuse of EU funds row; migrant aid worker
convicted for tweet in France; Frontex begins testing drones
release: UK intelligence agency admits unlawfully spying on Privacy
"The UK's domestic-facing
intelligence agency, MI5, today admitted that it captured and
read Privacy International's private data as part of its Bulk
Communications Data (BCD) and Bulk Personal Datasets (BPD) programmes,
which hoover up massive amounts of the public's data."
navy fires on migrant boat, one dead: local officials (France 24, link):
"Morocco's navy on Tuesday
fired on a boat carrying migrants which refused to respond to
its orders, leaving a Moroccan woman dead and three other people
wounded, local officials said."
solidarity: Are You Syrious? statement on politically motivated,
unjust guilty verdict for our volunteer
This past March, AYS volunteer
Dragan Umicevic approached a police control near the Croatian
border to alert police to a family of asylum seekers huddled
in a field near Stroinci, already on Croatian soil. A few
days later, he was shocked to find himself facing charges of
aiding and abetting the asylum seekers illegal crossing
of the Croatian border - despite the fact that he had never laid
eyes on the family before and hadnt even communicated with
them directly beforehand.
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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