FREE News: 14th November 2014

14th November 2014

Dimitiris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship speaks in Washington at the EU-US JHA Ministerial Meeting on 13th November 2014

Main topics covered included the issue of Foreign Fighters, organised crime, Data Protection issues, mutual legal assistance, and ways to better exchange information, primarily with the Europol body. Commissioner Avramopoulos also discussed Justice-related issues as Commissioner Jourova could not attend the event.

For more information on the Speech, European Commission Press Release

Cameron unveils new anti-terror plans, underlining his ambitions to strip Foreign Fighters of their passports; The Counter-terrorism Bill, outlined by PM David Cameron in September, is set to be published before the end of November

Powers to stop British jihadists returning to UK – PM (BBC reports)

…David Cameron said the special exclusion orders – which could last for two years or more – would bar suspected fighters from entering the UK unless they agreed to strict controls…”

…Officials would also have the power to stop would-be jihadists leaving the UK…”

…Suspects would have their passport cancelled and their name would be added to a “no-fly list” that would prevent them travelling to Britain…

David Cameron: I will ban British jihadists who fight for Isil in Syria and Iraq for two years (Telegraph reports)

…British jihadists who fight for Isil in Syria and Iraq will be barred from returning to this country for at least two years to prevent terror attacks, David Cameron has announced….”

…More than 500 Britons have travelled to Iraq and Syria to take up arms with Isil, and around half of them are thought to have returned to Britain. More than 200 people have been arrested for terror threats in the past year alone…”

…Under new “temporary exclusion orders”, British fighters in Syria and Iraq will be barred from returning to this country unless they submit to strict conditions…”

La CJUE va-t-elle invalider les accords Safe Harbor en raison de l’affaire PRISM ? (Euractiv reports)

…Après la directive sur la conservation des données qu’elle a invalidée le 8 avril, la CJUE va-t-elle faire subir le même sort aux accords « Safe Harbor » ? Il est permis de se poser la question à la lecture du renvoi préjudiciel que lui a transmis la High Court d’Irlande le 26 août…”

La CJUE a pris position avec éclat cette année en faveur d’une lecture exigeante de la protection des données…”

More information on Safe Harbor / Euractiv English report

Directive 2006/24/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2006 on the retention of data generated or processed in connection with the provision of publicly available electronic communications services or of public communications networks and amending Directive 2002/58/EC

Case C-362/14 Reference for a preliminary ruling from High Court of Ireland (Ireland) made on 25 July 2014 – Maximillian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner

More information on PRISM

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