Observatory - Observatoire
Latest addition – Friday 15 May 2009.
This section's articles
21 April 2009, by Carrera Sergio ,
Faure Atger Anaïs
This paper assesses the impact and potential effects of inadequate domestic transposition of Directive 2004/38 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States and the effects of the transitional arrangements secured in the latest rounds of enlargement on the status and practice of European citizenship in an enlarged EU.
15 April 2009, by Bellanova Rocco,
Hert (de) Paul
Data protection is one of the main issues of the development of the European Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ). Indeed, the introduction of measures that touch upon data protection is coupled with growing dilemmas on how to best ensure individuals’ fundamental rights. Is the current legislation on data protection adequate to the challenges posed by specific technologies and specific policies?
11 March 2009, by Moon Gay
This proposed directive will increase the protection from discrimination for age, disability, religion or belief or sexual orientation to the same level as that currently applicable in relation to discrimination on grounds of sex and race. This proposal should lead to a more consistent standard of protection from discrimination across the European Union for all the prohibited grounds of discrimination. In order to achieve the maximum common understanding of the standards for non-discrimination the same terms, definitions and principles as in the existing directives should be used.
11 March 2009, by Kostakopolou Dora
The fifth report on European Union citizenship covers the period between 1 May 2004 and 30 June 2007. This is a period of deep institutional change owing to the entry into force of Directive 2004/38 and to the European Court of Justice’s interventions. Having established that Union citizenship is destined to be a fundamental status of nationals of the Member States, the European Court of Justice proceeded to weaken the link between economic selfsufficiency and the exercise of citizenship rights.
11 March 2009, by Brouwer Evelien
In November 2007, the European Commission published a proposal on the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data for law enforcement purposes. This proposal is closely related to other instruments obliging air carriers to transmit passenger data to national authorities, including Directive 2004/82/EC and various agreements that were signed with third countries. The establishment of an ‘EU PNR system’ is presented as a tool in the fight against terrorism and organised crime, but will also be used to investigate other crimes and to prevent illegal immigration. The European PNR system raises both practical as legal concerns.
10 March 2009, by International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
DG Justice, Freedom and Security commissioned the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) to undertake a Study on practices in the area of regularisation of illegally staying third-country nationals in the Member States of the EU.
10 March 2009, by EU Barometer
The survey results showed that a majority of respondents felt concerned about each of the policy areas. Primarily, the interviewees felt concern about the fights against – a) organised crime and terrorism and b) drugs abuse.
25 February 2009, by Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS)
Universities and colleges in the UK have been given guidelines for web monitoring of students’ access to extremist websites.
25 January 2009, by Watson Steve
Musicians and performers in London will soon be required by law to complete and hand over to police an eight page form detailing all their personal information and the ethnic background of their audience if they want to perform. Eight page form will detail names, aliases, private addresses, phone numbers of all musicians and ethnic background of the likely audience.
23 January 2009, by Voulelis Nicolas
The article tries to analyse the recent riots in Greece in the frame of an international debat that is organized by the german Ebert foundation (Bonn). The author is directing a greec news agency. He finds that the underlying causes of the phenomena remain yet diffuse, but indicates problems of the social and political system.