3433rd Council meeting, Justice and Home Affairs, Brussels, 3-4 December 2015

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The agenda included the European Public Prosecutor's Office, migration, e-evidence and data retention, the EU's latest internal security strategy, Europol, the migration of students and researchers, the relocation of refugees and a common EU list of safe countries of origin.

All Member States think mass surveillance 'is still allowed'. Majority want new EU proposal. Will the Council never learn? Justice and Home Affairs Council; 3 December: "Data retention: The Council had a general discussion on the consequences of the invalidation of the Data Retention Directive by the European Court of Justice in April 2014. All member states considered that retaining bulk electronic communication data in a generalized manner is still allowed. A majority of delegations also considered that an EU-wide approach has to be considered in order to put an end to the fragmentation of the legal framework on data retention across the EU, and invited the Commission to present a new legislative initiative whenever possible."

The Council also "took note" of a progress report: Migration crisis: aspects of judicial cooperation and fight against xenophobia - progress report (pdf)

And discussed putting Schengen on hold for two years: Integrity of the Schengen area (14300/15, pdf)

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