Our observatories document the development of specific and thematic issues, bringing together draft policies and adopted legislation, analysis from civil society, media reports, critiques and campaigns. We also maintain the Statewatch European Monitoring and Documentation Centre (SEMDOC), which has systematically monitored and documented the development of EU Justice and Home Affairs policy since 1991.

EU: Interoperability of Justice and Home Affairs databases: a "point of no return"

This Observatory covers the so-called "interoperability" of EU JHA databases which in reality will create a centralised EU state database covering all existing and future JHA databases.

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Immigration and asylum in Europe

This Observatory contains information on immigration and asylum law, policy and practice - and reactions and resistance to it - from across Europe, bringing together news articles, reports produced by NGOs and human rights groups, official documentation, and more.

As of July 2021, it is no longer being updated, but you can follow us on Twitter or sign up to our mailing list to receive regular updates on immigration and asylum in Europe.

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The European security-industrial complex

The European security-industrial complex is a term used to describe the confluence of interests within the European Union between the 'homeland security' industry and politicians and state officials dealing with security policies.

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Rendition: the use of European countries by the CIA for the transport and illegal detention of prisoners

Includes a wide selection of reports and articles and most of the documents submitted to the European Parliament inquiry.

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The Snowden Revelations

Following the leaks from former US National Security Agency (NSA) employee Edward Snowden, this observatory documents new developments, historical context, political fallout and official inquiries.

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Freedom of information in the EU

Reporting on openness and secrecy in the EU since 1992

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EU: Observatory on data protection and law enforcement agencies

- the protection of personal data in police and judicial matters (2005-2008) and new proposals 2011 ongoing
- full-text documentation on all the secret discussions in the Council - Last updated 9 February 2017

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Observatories that are no longer updated.

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