25 January 2009
EP Employment and Social Committee MEPs in an own-initiative report call for an overall strategy to integrate the Roma community into the European Union. The Committee stresses the need for targeted education policies which address Roma families.
20 January 2009
MEPs express their concern over the «high number of fundamental rights violations in the EU», pointing to instances of serious discrimination against minorities and threats to privacy. They also urged EU Institutions and Member States to cooperate in the field of immigration and asylum.
14 October 2008
The European Parliament has reserved the right to challenge the legitmacy of the EU PNR-Australia agreement before the Court if a third party also feels that democratic legitimacy has not been respected. Once again, the European PArliament has not been consulted. If the Lisbon Treaty comes into effect, it has argued that all the PNR agreements concluded on a similar basis be submitted to MEPs.
7 October 2008
In adopting a resolution on the annual debate on the progress made in 2007 in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ), the House calls on the European Council, the Council and the Commission to initiate the process of determining priorities for the forthcoming AFSJ multiannual programme for the period 2010-2014, on the basis of an ambitious and coherent approach and join the European Parliament in its dialogue with the national parliaments on the priorities for the period 2010-2014.
22 September 2008
MEPs adopted three reports which on Improving judicial cooperation in Europe. The subjects of the reports are mutual recognition between Member States of court decisions rendered in absentia, strengthening of the Eurojust system and the European Judicial Network.
17 September 2008
In an own-initiative report adopted by the European Parliament, MEPs call on the Commission to complement the Dublin system with measures in order to make it fairer for migrants as well as member states, by sharing the work of examining asylum applications and ensuring better rights for claimants. Detention should be used only as a last resort solution, MEPs say.
8 July 2008
Border management, including the need for a balance between freedom and security, was the subject of a discussion at the EP on Monday between MEPs, national MPs and visiting experts. In the near future Parliament is due to scrutinise several proposals designed to consolidate the system created by the opening up of Europe’s borders and the introduction of the Schengen regime. MEPs will be keen to ensure that fundamental rights and privacy are respected.
24 June 2008
The compromise reached between Parliament negotiators and the Council on the directive on the return of illegal immigrants was approved at first reading by the full Parliament on Wednesday. This legislation, which is a step towards a European immigration policy, will encourage the voluntary return of illegal immigrants but otherwise lay down minimum standards for their treatment.
27 May 2008
The European Parliament adopted a report calling on the Commission to adhere to its commitment to propose a «comprehensive directive» to combat any discrimination in access to goods and services on grounds of sex, race, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation. The own-initiative report adopted with 362 votes in favour, 262 against and 56 abstentions, also demands effective sanctions and support for victims.
21 April 2008
The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted the own initiative report by Mr. Gérard DEPREZ (EPP-ED, BE), approving a proposal for a European Parliament recommendation to the Council on the factors favouring support for terrorism and the recruitment of terrorists.