FREE NEWS: 24th March

EU POLICE TO STEP UP CHECKS IN VISA CRACKDOWN – EuObserver

”The Latvian EU presidency is spearheading a crackdown on people who overstay their visas.Codenamed “Amberlight 2015″, it will intensify border control checks and target people whose visas have run outWhile personal data will not be collected, the operation aims to find out why people violate the terms of their visa. Police will also be looking out for forged IDs and documents.”

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FACEBOOK DATA PRIVACY CASE TO BE HEARD BEFORE EUROPEAN UNION COURT The Guardian

”A Facebook user is taking his privacy campaign to the European Union’s highest court toprevent US intelligence agencies gaining access to his personal data.The case brought by Maximilian Schrems against Ireland’s Data Protection Commission may eventually shape international regulations over access to, and ownership of, online information.”

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BREXIT COULD WIPE 2.2% OFF UK GDP – EurActiv

”Leaving the EU could damage Britain’s economy, according to a major new report from a leading think tank.”

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Europol: To: Standing Committee on operation cooperation on internal security (COSI) Subject: Interim SOCTA 2015: An update on Serious and Organised Crime in the EU (LIMITE doc no: 7271-15,pdf) Statewatch

Smart Borders analysis on Overstayers – Statewatch reports

“Overstayers” to be checked at external borders: Joint Police Operation (JPO): Council: Presidency activity AMBERLIGHT 2015 (LIMITE doc no: 5195-15, pdf)

“The aim of the activity “AMBERLIGHT 2015” is to move towards intensified border checks…[and] seeks to gather information on “overstayers” (third country nationals) at external air borders” (people who stay beyond their visa period, e.g. visitors, students or business people). It may be extended to land and sea borders.

The document says that: “No personal data will be collected within the activity“. There is no mention of “apprehending” people who are “concealing the violation”.

The Mos Maiorum JPO: Final report (LIMITE doc no: 5474/15) states that over 20,000 people were “apprehended” during that operation, which took place in October last year.

“Overstayers” to be checked at external borders: Joint Police Operation (JPO): Council: Presidency activity AMBERLIGHT 2015 (LIMITE doc no: 5195-15, pdf)

EU Plan to outsure external border management to third countries Non Paper on Possible Involvement of Third Countries in Maritime Surveillance and Search and Rescue from the Italian delegation (Confidential Note discussed at the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 12 March 2015, pdf) – Statewatch reports

New plans to stem the flow of migration unacceptable – GUE/NGL European Parliament Group reports GUE/NGL MEPs urge the Commission and member states to stop discussing asylum and search and rescue outsourcing and focus instead on safe and legal ways to the EU for asylum-seekers and migrants.”

The MEPs are strongly critical of information published in the international press this weekend on immigration talks currently taking place at EU level that, if implemented, would result in a de facto refoulement of asylum-seekers.

UK Home Affairs Publication : 18th Report – The work of the Immigration Directorates: Calais | PDF version – Parliament UK reports

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