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Council of the European Union gets to work on the interoperability of EU databases
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The Council of the European Union is working out its negotiating position - prior to trilogue discussions - on the: Proposal for a Regulation on establishing a framework for interoperability between EU information systems (borders and visa) and amending Council Decision 2004/512/EC, Regulation (EC) No 767/2008, Council Decision 2008/633/JHA, Regulation (EU) 2016/399 and Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 - Examination of Presidency revised text of Articles 1-32 (LIMIITE doc no: 5758-18, pdf):

"Changes to the Commission proposal are marked in bold italics and strikethrough. (...)

Footnote 1: General scrutiny reservations by: CY, CZ, DE, EE, ES, FI, FR, IT, LT, LV, MT, NL, PL, PT, SE, SK, SI, UK, CH."

One significant deletion form the Commissions proposal is the deletion of:

"Particular attention shall be paid to children, the elderly and persons with a disability."

from the original text:

"Article 5: Non-discrimination

Processing of personal data for the purposes of this Regulation shall not result in discrimination against persons on any grounds such as sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. It shall fully respect human dignity and integrity. Particular attention shall be paid to children, the elderly and persons with a disability."


- "Interoperability": Plans to link all Justice & Home Affairs databases into one centralised system - repeated references to migration, internal security and terrorism (Statewatch News, 17.12.17)

- EDPS "Reflection paper" on the interoperability of JHA databases poses fundamental questions (Statewatch News, 2.12.17)

- EU JHA agencies want access to all fingerprints, palm prints and facial images held under interoperability plans (Statewatch News, 24.9.17)

- Interoperability and EU databases: Big Brother takes shape (Statewatch News, 29.6.17)

- High-Level Expert Group on Information Systems and Interoperability: Final report (pdf)

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