FREE News: 25th March

Lords slams UK’s ‘splendid isolation’ on EU justice opt-out (Euractiv): The House of Lords has called on the British government to abandon its “legally unsustainable” interpretation of EU justice and home affairs law, and drop its unnecessarily confrontational strategy. The report, published Tuesday (24 March) by the EU Justice, Institutions and Consumer Protection Sub-Committee of the House of Lords, said the government’s approach raised serious questions about the UK’s commitment to the “uniform application of EU law” which the report calls “the defining trait of the European Union”[…].

Civil liberties MEPs make case for data protection during Washington visit (European Parliament Press Releases): “A delegation from the civil liberties committee visited Washington DC last week to find out the latest information on issues such as data protection and legislation on surveillance activities from their American counterparts. The MEPs also provided updates on the EU’s data protection reform and on counter-terrorism initiatives, including the passenger name records (PNR) proposal […]”.

EU-US data agreement skewered in court hearing (EUObserver): “A lawyer for the European Commission told an EU judge on Tuesday (24 March) he should close his Facebook page if he wants to stop the US snooping on him, in what amounts to an admission that Safe Harbour, an EU-US data protection pact, doesn’t work […]”.

Beyond Dublin: A Discussion Paper for the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade ( “For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history. Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. The International Day also aims at raising awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today[…]”.

Today, the CoE opens its Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs for signature (Human Rights Watchdog on twitter). Read the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs

The ACP-EU Migration Action team has established two rosters of international experts to collaborate with them: Roster of Experts on migration The Regional Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Brussels is establishing a roster of experts for short and mid- term consultancies (maximum 60 days) to respond to requests for technical assistance by African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, particularly in the migration areas ofremittances, visas and readmission. Such areas are in accordance with the recommendations of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) – European Union (EU) Dialogue on Migration.

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