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01 February 2019

European Parliament: Meetings between MEPs and lobbyists to be made public

"A revision of the European Parliament’s rules of procedure, which was adopted on 31 January, increases transparency obligations for meetings between elected officials and lobbies, despite the EPP’s attempts to scupper the amendment. EURACTIV France reports."

01 February 2019

An average of six deaths every day in the sea in 2018

"The UN Refugee Agency published 2018 Desperate Journey report showing a very dark picture of Europe today. Closed borders and hostile policies killed at least 2,275 people in the sea last year, while at least 44 per cent of people who crossed the sea to arrive to Italy, witnessed death on their journeys."

31 January 2019

Budapest: This EU Parliament should stop deciding on migration and rule of law

"The current European Parliament should make no decision on issues related to migration and rule of law as it does not represent the will of EU citizens, a high-ranking Hungarian government official told EURACTIV Croatia in an interview."

30 January 2019

New report examines widespread deployment of automated decision-making systems in policing, employment, social security and more

A new report by Algorithm Watch says that automated decision-making systems of one kind or another are in use in "almost all aspects of daily life" across the EU.

30 January 2019

EU: 'Bizarre and unacceptable': MEPs slammed over wanting secret ballot for transparency vote

"Centre-right MEPs have been criticised for allegedly requesting a secret ballot for a vote on… transparency."

30 January 2019

Standing up for Romanian democracy from abroad and from within

"On 10 August 2018, tens of thousands of Romanians from the European migration, joined by other Romanian citizens, descended onto the streets of Bucharest in order to protest against the government. They were met with tear gas. The gendarmerie brutally charged at the crowd, beating people up and dispersing them with water cannons."

30 January 2019

EU tests crossborder querying of police files

"The introduction of a European Police Records Information System has been under discussion for years. Authorities could use it to query police files in other countries. Through the back door, a EU-wide „troublemaker database“ could become reality."

30 January 2019

UK: Refusals of FOI requests at record levels as government discloses less and less information

"A major new report has found refusals of Freedom of Information requests are at record levels."

28 January 2019

Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (22-28.1.19)

Including: Forced evictions of centre for refugees and asylum-seekers in Italy - UK-France action plan on small boats crossing the Channel - Council of the EU discussion documents on Frontex, Returns Directive, and Qualification and Resettlement Regulations

28 January 2019

UK-ECHR: Calls for extremism database to be abolished as ECtHR rules UK police violated peaceful pensioner's privacy rights

There have been calls for the database on "domestic extremists" hosted by the Metropolitan Police to be abolished following the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruling last week that the police's failure to delete data held on John Catt, a peaceful protester who is now 94 years old, violated his right to privacy.

28 January 2019

Forced Evictions Underway, Italy’s Closure of Refugee Centre Meets Widespread Criticism

"Evictions from Italy’s second- largest centre for refugees and asylum seekers began abruptly on Wednesday. The move comes as part of Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s Immigration Decree which was approved in November – critics are saying the action will only amplify social problems."

28 January 2019

Germany pulls out of Mediterranean migrant mission Sophia

"Germany will not be sending any more ships to take part in the anti-people smuggling operation Sophia in the Mediterranean Sea, according to a senior military officer."

28 January 2019

Greece: On the edge of a collective trauma: the forgotten hotspot of Moria

"The hotspot of Moria, on the island of Lesbos. A year has passed since I was on Lesbos – a beautiful island, but a paradise that disguises a hell. With the support of Doctors without Borders, I was there to document the living conditions of the migrants who had arrived on this small strip of land opposite Turkey."

28 January 2019

UK-France: Action plan on small boats crossing the Channel published

More information-sharing - €3.6 million for new security equipment - Joint return operations

28 January 2019

Ireland: Dept of Social Protection refuses FOI request on Public Services Card

"The Department of Social Protection has refused to release information regarding the Data Protection Commissioner’s investigation into the Public Services Card, in part because it may “be contrary to the public interest”. The request was brought by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties under freedom of information legislation."

28 January 2019

Report: Public Understanding of GDPR

How companies, regulators, and civil society can support data protection rights.

28 January 2019

Post-Brexit migration, policing and security: analyses

One recent analysis argues that the post-Brexit UK migration regime foreseen in a recent white paper "will create new hierarchies of race and class – and intolerable hardship", while another argues that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the extradition of criminal suspects between the UK and EU Member States - one aspect of the numerous policing and security issues covered in proposed new regulations - may well face problems.

28 January 2019

EU: The changing patchwork of the child's age of consent for data processing across the EU (January 2019)

"Eight months have passed since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became applicable across the European Union (EU) in May 2018."


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