European Parliament: New role given to new Commissioner from the UK

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See: Hearing of Commissioner-Designate Sir Julian King (link):

"On 15 July 2016, in accordance with Article 246 subparagraph 2 TFEU, the Council decided to consult the European Parliament on the appointment to the position of member of the European Commission of Sir Julian KING for the Security Union portofolio.

Pursuant to Rule 118 and Annex XVI of the Rules of procedures, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will proceed to a hearing of Sir Julian King. Guidelines for the hearing are to be adopted by the Conference of Presidents on the basis of a proposal from the Conference of committee Chairs. The hearing will take place on Monday 12 September in Strasbourg from 19.00 to 22.00 in room Louise Weiss S1.4. The meeting will be webstreamed.

LIBE Coordinators will then meet on Tuesday 13 September to assess the hearing so that Mr Moraes, Chair of the LIBE Committee, can inform the President of Parliament in view of a plenary decision in the same plenary week."

And: Letter from Commission President Juncker: New Commissioner for the Security Union (pdf):

"I would like you to support the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship in the following tasks [including]:

• Ensuring the swift implementation of the steps needed to build an effective and genuine SecurityUnion as set out in the Commission Communication of 20 April 2016.
• Identifying where the EU can make a real difference in fighting terrorism, including measures that can address the threat posed by returning foreign terrorist fighters.
• Improving information and intelligence sharing, including through the initiatives to upgrade Europol’s European Counter-Terrorism Centre into a stronger structure and through the development ofefficient and interoperable information exchange systems.
• Reinforcing the security response to radicalisation...
• Ensuring that EU-financed security research targets the needs of security practitioners and develops solutions to forthcoming security challenges...

A Task Force composed by experts from the Commission services and supervised by the Director-General for Home Affairs will support you."

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