15 July 2008
Since Maastricht, the issue of a common EU policy on the movement of third-country nationals into and across the EU has made its way steadily up the political agenda. The issue finds itself high on the priority lists of nearly all EU Council presidencies and forms part of the Strategic Objectives of the Barroso Commission. Yet the ‘migration dossier’ is highly complex as it comprises a considerable number of different facets, making it nearly impossible to find a «one size fits all» approach.
14 April 2008
On 13 December 2007 the Lisbon Treaty was signed. Aspects related to the area of freedom, security and justice (AFSJ) will be among the policies most affected by the Reform Treaty. This policy field has been notorious for its inability to respond to its specific challenges under the existing institutional framework and substantial reform been considered urgent. Yet, exactly what will the new setting bring to the area of freedom, security and justice? Will it properly address the weaknesses and flaws of the current framework? In short: Which will be Lisbon’s contribution in the creation of the AFSJ?
4 February 2008
The right to diplomatic and consular protection of EU citizens on the one hand and the concept and practices of EU civil protection on the other are two areas of EU policy which are rarely brought together. Substantially and institutionally different legal regimes govern these fields. Yet, crisis situations and disasters outside EU borders, like the Tsunami in South-East Asia in 2004 or the Lebanon crisis in 2006 have highlighted the close link that exists between providing assistance to third countries and at the same time protecting EU citizens and their families in these third countries.
23 April 2007
The EU’s external frontiers agency, FRONTEX, had its practical inauguration on 3 October 2005. This new agency was created by the European Union to coordinate the management of the EU’s external frontier, and the first real test of its capacities came with its operational actions in the Canary Islands in 2006. In this analysis, we look at the events which led to the engagement of FRONTEX in the Canary Islands and the first lessons that may be learned from this.
13 November 2006
In the Case of «Chraidi v. Germany» of 26 October 2006, Application no. 65655/01, the ECtHR examined the application lodged by Mr. Yasser Chraidi (a stateless person) against the Federal Republic of Germany. In the present case, the applicant was arrested in Lebanon and extradited to Germany based on an arrest warrant being issued against him. The German Court accused the applicant of being involved in the preparations of a «terrorist attack», and therefore Mr Chraidi stayed during a period of five years and almost six months under detention on remand.
27 September 2006
This report comments some of the most substantial issues which have been discussed in the Informal Meeting of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers in Tampere on September 2006. The Informal Meetings has addressed the following policies: 1) The improvement of the decision-making process in matters of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, as well as security issues; 2) The initiative to extend European solidarity in immigration, border control and asylum policies; 3) The changing nature of terrorism and the response by EU security authorities; 4) The development of the EU’s integrated management system for external borders and the reform of the Schengen Information System into a second generation.