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European Parliament committee reports: violence against women, prison conditions, arms exports, fight against cybercrime, space strategy
13.9.17
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Reports adopted by European Parliament committees in July 2017 on: EU accession to the Council of Europe convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence; prison systems and conditions; the implementation of EU Common Position 2008/944/CFSP on arms exports; the fight against cybercrime; and a Space Strategy for Europe.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality: Interim report on the proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion, by the European Union, of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (pdf):

"urge[s] the Member States to speed up negotiations on the ratification and implementation of the Istanbul Convention; to strongly condemn attempts to retract measures already taken in implementing the Istanbul Convention and in combating violence against women"

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs: Report on prison systems and conditions (pdf):

"Is alarmed about prison conditions in certain Member States and the state of a number of European prisons; calls on the Member States to comply with the rules on detention derived from the instruments of international law and Council of Europe standards; notes that deprivation of liberty does not equate to deprivation of dignity; calls on the Member States to adopt independent prison monitoring mechanisms as laid down in the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT)"

Committee on Foreign Affairs: Report on arms export: implementation of Common Position 2008/944/CFSP (pdf):

"Notes, however, that military technology does at times reach destinations and end users that do not meet the criteria of the Common Position; is concerned that the proliferation of weapon systems in wartime and in situations with significant political tension, may disproportionately affect civilians; is alarmed at the global arms races and at military approaches to solving political conflict and turmoil; underlines that conflicts should be solved by diplomatic means as a priority"

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs: Report on the fight against cybercrime (pdf):

"Stresses the need to streamline common definitions of cybercrime, cyber warfare, cybersecurity, cyber harassment and cyberattacks to ensure that the EU institutions and EU Member States share a common legal definition"

Committee on on Industry, Research and Energy: Report on a Space Strategy for Europe (pdf):

"whereas the benefits of space for society are manifold and can lead to a more competitive economy for Europe by stimulating the development of many new products and services, and by supporting agriculture, forestry, fisheries and maritime transport; whereas satellite technology can lead to better access to communication technologies, high-resolution Earth observation systems that allow for the exchange of information in real-time, a rapid response to natural disasters, and more effective border and security controls"

Includes the opinion of the Committee on Foreign Affairs which:

"Recognises the growing significance of space and space-based technologies in security and defence operations, particularly in communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, including border and maritime surveillance, disaster response and arms control, as well as in commercial and civil activities, and underlines the vital importance of space capabilities in the fight against terrorism; further encourages investments in order to speed up the development of new space capabilities and technology"

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