Free News: march 27th

Lords slams UK’s ‘splendid isolation’ on EU justice opt-out

“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”.

Protocol 21 of the Lisbon Treaty gives the UK the right to opt in or out of measures relating to justice and home affairs. Such measures come under what is called a Title V legal base. The government maintains it should be the content of a particular measure, rather than its legal foundation, which decided whether or not the UK opt-out is applicable. ” read more here

EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal: what’s at stake

“A draft law that would oblige airlines to hand EU countries the data of passengers entering or leaving the EU, in order to help the authorities to fight serious crime and terrorism, is currently under discussion in the European Parliament. The committee in charge of the so-called EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal is the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee.

The proposed directive would require more systematic collection, use and retention of PNR data on passengers taking “international” flights (those entering the EU from, or leaving it for, a third country), and would therefore have an impact on the rights to privacy and data protection. According to the Council’s general approach, it should also be possible to extend it to internal EU flights. Overall, MEPs want to ensure that the proposal complies with the proportionality principle, is limited in scope and includes strict data protection safeguards.” read more here


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