FREE News 6th-7th October

Migration: Draft Action Plan: Stepping up EU-Turkey cooperation on support of refugees and migration management in view of the situation in Syria and Iraq (EC Press Release)

This Action Plan reflects the agreement between the European Union (EU) and the Republic of Turkey to step up their cooperation on support of refugees and migration management in a coordinated effort to address the unprecedented refugee crisis created by the situation in Syria and Iraq. It follows from the EU-Turkey working dinner on 17 May and the informal meeting of the EU Heads of State or Government on 23 September 2015 where EU leaders called for a reinforced dialogue with Turkey at all levels. The Action Plan identifies a series of collaborative actions to be implemented as a matter of urgency by the European Union (EU) and the Republic of Turkey with the objective to assist Turkey in managing the situation of massive influx of refugees and preventing uncontrolled migratory flows from Turkey to the EU[…]

Data Protection: Speaking points of First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Jourová First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Jourová ‘s press conference on Safe Harbour following the Court ruling in case C-362/14 (Schrems) (EC Press Release)

First Vice-President Frans Timmermans : Today’s judgment by the Court is an important step towards upholding Europeans’ fundamental rights to data protection.The Court confirms the need of having robust data protection safeguards in place before transferring citizens’ data.I see this as a confirmation of the European Commission’s approach for the renegotiation of the Safe Harbour.We have already been working with the American authorities to make data transfers safer for European citizens.In the light of the ruling, we will continue this work towards a renewed and safe framework for the transfer of personal data across the Atlantic […]

See also:  EU court invalidates EU-US data transfer pact   ( EuObserver).                               Judges in Luxembourg on Tuesday (6 October) delivered a blow against a 15-year old EU-US data transfer pact.The European Court of Justice (ECJ) rejected the so-called Safe Harbour agreement and declared it invalid.Privacy campaigner Max Schrems, whose complaint against Facebook Ireland initiated the case, said the judgment “clarifies that mass surveillance violates our fundamental rights”.He said the judgement makes it “clear that US businesses cannot simply aid US espionage efforts in violation of European fundamental rights”[…]

Foreign Affairs: Turkey and US say Russian jets could be shot down (EuObervers) Turkey and the US have said Russian warplanes could be shot down if they keep violating Nato airspace, following two incidents with Nato member Turkey.”Turkey’s rules of engagement apply to all planes, be they Syrian, [or] Russian … Necessary steps would be taken against whoever violates Turkey’s borders, even if it’s a bird”, Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu told the HaberTurk TV broadcaster[…]

  Migration: EU to fast-track migrant deportations (EuObserver)                                        EU ministers are coming up with plans on how to best to use the deportation of failed asylum seekers as a deterrent for others. A leaked paper from the Council, representing EU member states, says some €800 million will be set aside on larger efforts to remove people without the proper paper work from the EU back to their home countries. “The EU and its member states must do more in terms of return. Increased return rates should act as a deterrent to irregular migration,” notes the document[…]

Political Affairs: Merkel and Hollande to lay out EU vision in Strasbourg (EuObserver) German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande will address the European Parliament together for the first time on Wednesday (7 October).They are expected to talk about the refugees crisis, the euro, and European values[…]

Data Protection: Europe’s data authorities step into post-Safe Harbour spotlight (EurActive) Data protection officials are assuming increasing prominence following Tuesday’s (6 October) ECJ decision to outlaw Safe Harbour, which called them to take on a bigger role in Europe’s privacy debacles. National data protection authorities from member states will convene on Thursday (8 October) in Brussels, in order to coordinate a response to the ECJ decision. The Article 29 data protection working party is made up of national privacy regulators and EU officials. The group of officials isn’t used to getting global attention — but the court’s verdict highlighted their significance[…]

Global Europe: Commission details offer to Turkey to tackle refugee crisis (EurActive) The EU has offered Turkey a plan under which it would resettle more refugees, but only if Ankara establishes new camps and boosts its coastguard to slow the flow of people to Europe, officials said on Tuesday (6 October).Brussels is also ready to give Turkey more money to deal with the burden of 2.2 million refugees under a plan European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker presented to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday. “It is clear that we need Turkey. The Commission will come to its aid,” Juncker told the European Parliament before publicly unveiling the proposals through the commission, the executive of the 28-nation European Union[…]

Global Europe : EU starts military operation against ‘mafia of the sea’ (EurActive)          A military operation to catch migrant traffickers begins today (7 October), with European warships patrolling international waters in the Mediterranean to arrest smugglers dubbed the “mafia of the sea”.The European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini announced last month that EUNAVFOR MED, an operation launched to dismantle the network of smugglers abetting the migrant boat crisis, was to enter its second phase.The first phase, which entailed compiling and analysing information on the trafficker networks, has running since June […]





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