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Accountability gap: Joint Police Operation "Mos Maiorum"
9.1.15



Joint Police Operation "Mos Maiorum" was carried between out 13-26 October 2014. The Commission, the Council and Frontex denied any part in planning it - its was all the responsibility of the Italian Council Presidency (and presumably the Greek Council Presidency which took the decision) plus all the EU Member States who took part.

See: Council put out censored, "partially accessible", version of the operation document deleting the date and all the details of Joint Police Operation (JO): Censored text (pdf) and see: Full-text (pdf)

MEPs tried to find out more: Question to the Council: Subject: Planned joint police operation ‘Mos Maiorum' (EP, link) from: Barbara Spinelli (GUE/NGL) , Kostas Chrysogonos (GUE/NGL) , Malin Björk (GUE/NGL) , Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL) , Marie-Christine Vergiat (GUE/NGL) and Reply by the Council (EP link) and see Question: ‘Mos Maiorum’ joint operation and role played by Frontex: from Silvia Costa (S&D) , Kashetu Kyenge (S&D) , Elly Schlein (S&D) , Patrizia Toia (S&D) and the Reply by the Council (link) which simply refers to the same answer as that given to the first question. Thus the replies by the Council are:

"The attention of the Honourable Members is drawn to the fact that the joint police operation Mos Maiorum is being conducted under the responsibility of the Italian State, with the support of those Member States which have decided to participate. The Council as an institution has therefore not taken any decision in its setting up, nor is it in a position to comment on the way it is managed.

The competent courts, along with the Commission, as guardian of the Treaties, are responsible for overseeing Member States' application of Union law...."

Background: Statewatch Summary of coverage:

(5.11.14): Media and Web coverage: no 7 (pdf)
(24.10.14):
Media and Web coverage no 6 (pdf)
(20.10.14):
Media and Web coverage: no 5 (pdf)
(17.10.14):
Media and Web coverage: no 4 (pdf)
(15.10.14):
Media and Web coverage: no 3 (pdf)
(
13.10.14) : Media and Web coverage: no 2 (pdf)
(13.10.14:same day): Web-media coverage: no 1 (pdf)
and see:
 "Mos Maiorum": Images and photos of protests (pdf)

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