4 June 2008
One of the most dynamic areas of recent EU law has been cooperation in the fields of policing and criminal justice. This book enables readers to understand the changes that have taken place by examining how and why they occurred, along with the subsequent outcomes.
28 May 2008
Listening carefully, one might have heard the sigh of relief breathed in Brussels and other EU capitals on 3 May 2007, when the Court of Justice of the European Communities (ECJ or Court) eventually delivered its first judgment on the European arrest warrant (EAW), giving the green light to this flagship instrument of EU judicial co-operation in criminal matters.
26 May 2008
The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) constitutes one of the policies which will be more affected by the new institutional configurations that will be brought about by the Reform Treaty signed in Lisbon on the 13 December 2007 (Treaty of Lisbon). These policies, traditionally denominated as Justice and Home Affairs, have been subject to various criticisms calling for the need to reform and improve their current institutional, legal and procedural structures.
26 de mayo de 2008
El Espacio de Libertad, Seguridad y Justicia (ELSJ) se encuentra entre las políticas comunitarias más afectadas por la nueva configuración institucional que será introducida con la entrada en vigor del Tratado de Reforma firmado el 13 de Diciembre del 2007 en Lisboa (Tratado de Lisboa). Estas políticas, tradicionalmente denominadas como de ‘Justicia y Asuntos de Interior’, han sido objeto de sendas críticas poniendo de manifiesto la necesidad de reformar sus actuales estructuras institucionales, jurídicas y procesales.
19 May 2008
Exchange of information in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, using new technologies like biometric identifiers and creating large-scale centralised EU databases is a highly topical, yet equally controversial issue. A number of EU databases and systems of information exchange are already in place, others will soon become operational. In spite of this, proposals for new measures and mechanisms are frequently tabled; it appears as if the EU is only at the beginning of a ‘new age of information exchange’.
18 March 2008
The European Commission presented a new ‘Border Package’ on 13 February 2008, setting out its vision of how to foster the further management of the EU’s external border. Billed in a Commission press release as a «comprehensive vision for an integrated European border management system for the 21st century», one of the key elements of this package is a Communication aimed at establishing an EU entry/exit system registering the movement of specific categories of third country nationals at the external borders of the EU.
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.
18 décembre 2007
Après avoir ébauché le rôle du Parlement européen dans la mise en oeuvre d’une véritable politique des droits fondamentaux de l’UE, le document analyse les résolutions annuelles adoptées par le PE depuis 1993 sur la situation relative aux droits fondamentaux au sein de l’Union européenne. Le document explique la structure des documents, les principales préoccupations soulevées, la distinction entre les États membres et les acteurs ainsi que les remarques positives soulignées.
18 December 2007
This Briefing Paper provides a synthesis of the resolutions of the European Parliament in the fields of Fundamental Rights.
22 October 2007
Participation of third country nationals in the host country’s political life has been a core issue for international organisations at European level. The Council of Europe as well as EU institutions, notably the European Parliament and the Commission, have constantly and for quite some time supported the idea of opening up «civic participation» to non-nationals. The ultimate decision in this matter, however, lies in the hands of member states. This Briefing Paper looks at recent developments on this issue at member state level and seeks to identify trends in the EU-27.