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15/5/06
Statewatch News Online, 15 May 2006 (11/06)
 

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1. EU: Statewatch analysis: Transferring the Third Pillar
2. EU: No Fortress Europe – Appeal: Join the campaign
3. Greece: Minister urged to quit over “abduction”
4. EU-USA: Washington visit shows CIA investigation must continue
5. EU: Communication from the Commission: The Period of reflection
6. Libya-Lampedusa: Report
7. UK: Two reports on the London bombings on 7 July 2005
8. Italy: Extraordinary renditions: Collusion in CIA kidnapping
9. EU: “Role of Internal Security in Relations between the EU and its Neighbours”
10. European Parliament: Interim report: CIA alleged flights, rendition & secret prisons
11. EU: Draft Common Manual for Immigration Liaison Officers (ILOs)
12. EU: Commission evaluation of on combating trafficking in human being
13. EU: Commission proposal on criminal measures and intellectual property rights
14. EU: Article 29 Working Party: proper safeguards on mandatory data retention
15. EU: Commission: A report on exchange of data with Interpol
16. European Ombudsman Annual Report for 2005
17. UK: Sixty-eight racist murders since Stephen Lawrence
18. EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council, 27-28 April 2006
19. Denmark: “Rebellion” case goes to Supreme Court

1. Statewatch analysis: Transferring the Third Pillar by Professor Steve Peers, Department of Law, University of Essex:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/may/analysis-3rd-pill-transfer-may-2006.pdf

Background documents:

a) European Commission Communication: Citizens’ Agenda: Delivering results for Europe:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/may/com-211-10.05.06.pdf

b) Current Title VI of the TEU (third pillar)
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/may/title-VI-TEU.htm

c) Articles III-270 to III-277 of the proposed EU Constitution
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/may/igc-jha-renumbered.pdf

2. No Fortress Europe – Appeal: Join the campaign to shut down temporary holding centres for migrants in Europe by signing this petition The campaign will be officially launched in Stasbourg on 17 May 2006: www.no-fortress-europe.eu/

3. Greece: Minister urged to quit over “abduction” of Pakistani immigrants (Independent on Sunday, link):
news.independent.co.uk/europe/article364615.ece

See also: Greece: 5,432 immigrants questioned in massive security sweep in July-August 2005 at request of MI6 – 28 Pakistani men abducted, held in secret houses, questioned and subjected to violence: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/08greece-security-sweep.htm

4. EU-USA: MEPs say Washington visit shows CIA investigation must continue – press statement 12 May 2006 from the delegation from the Committee of Inquiry into flights and detention (TDIP): www.statewatch.org/cia/documents/TDIP-in-Washington-12-05-06.pdf

5. EU: Communication from the Commission to the European Council: The Period of reflection and Plan (COM 212) (pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/may/com-212-10-05-06.pdf

6. Libya-Lampedusa: Report from the Central European University Centre, Open Society Institute, by Rutvica Andrijasevic: How to Balance Rights and Responsibilities on Asylum at the EU’s Southern Border of Italy and Libya:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/may/andrijasevic-Libya-Lampedusa.pdf

7. UK: Two reports on the London bombings on 7 July 2005:

Intelligence and Secuiity Committee: Report into the London Terrorist Attacks on 7 July 2005:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/may/isc-7july-report.pdf

Report of the Official Account of the Bombings in London on 7th July 2005:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/may/7-july-report.pdf

8. Italy: Extraordinary renditions: Collusion by Italian personnel in CIA kidnapping:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/may/02italy-cia-rendition.htm

9. EU: A Ministerial Conference on the “Role of Internal Security in Relations between the EU and its Neighbours” was held on 4-5 May 2006 in Vienna, Austria: Vienna Declaration on Security Partnership:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/may/01vienna-declaration.htm

10. European Parliament: Interim report on CIA alleged flights, rendition and secret prisons in the EU:

English: www.statewatch.org/cia/reports/ep-cia-interim-report-english.pdf
French: www.statewatch.org/cia/reports/ep-cia-interim-report-french.pdf
German: www.statewatch.org/cia/reports/ep-cia-interim-report-german.pdf
Italian: www.statewatch.org/cia/reports/ep-cia-interim-report-italian.pdf
Polish: www.statewatch.org/cia/reports/ep-cia-interim-report-polish.pdf

11. EU: Draft Common Manual for Immigration Liaison Officers (ILOs) posted abroad by the Member States of the European Union (132 pages):
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/apr/eu-draft-ILO-manual-8418-06.pdf

12. EU: European Commission evaluation of on combating trafficking in human beings:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/apr/com-traff-eval-187-06.pdf

13. EU: European Commission proposal on criminal measures aimed at ensuring the enforcement of intellectual property rights:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/apr/com-IP-rights-168-06.pdf

14. EU: Article 29 Working Party on Data Protection calls for proper safeguards and controls on the national implementation of the EU Directive on mandatory data retention: WP 119: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/apr/wp119.pdf

For full background and documentation see Statewatch’s Observatory on the Surveillance of telecommunications in the EU:
www.statewatch.org/eu-data-retention.htm

15. European Commission: A report on application of the Common Position on exchange of data with Interpol (COM 167, 2006)
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/apr/com-interpol-common-position-167-06.pdf

16. European Ombudsman Annual Report for 2005 (pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/apr/eu-ombuds-rep05.pdf

Statistical Annex (pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/apr/eu-ombuds-rep05-stats.pdf

17. UK: Sixty-eight racist murders since Stephen Lawrence (IRR News Service, link):
www.irr.org.uk/2006/april/ha000031.html

More details (link):
www.irr.org.uk/2002/november/ak000008.html

18. EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council, 27-28 April 2006 in Luxembourg: Press release (pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/apr/jha-27-28-april-press-rel.pdf

B Points agenda:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/apr/jha-2-28-april-B-point-agenda.pdf

A Points agenda (adopted without debate):
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/apr/jha-2-28-april-A-point-agenda.pdf

Background Note:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/apr/jha-agenda-background-note-27-28-April.pdf

The agenda for discussion includes a number of issues on which there appears to be no agreement between the EU governments. For example, an amendment to the Schengen Agreement on police cooperation: EU doc no 8459/06:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/apr/8459-06.pdf

and an extraordinary Declaration by the Czech Republic, Latvia, Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania and Slovakia delegations backing the “use of biometrics” to “promote EU security” and for “flexibility” on the contested legal basis for SIS II: EU doc no: 8610/06:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/apr/8610-06.pdf

see EU doc no 8537/06 for the substantive issues:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/apr/8537-06.pdf

The same goes for the proposed Framework Decision on procedural rights in criminal proceedings, such are the differences that some governments (UK, Czech Republic, Ireland, Malta, Cyprus and Slovakia) are suggesting a non-binding measure be adopted instead: EU doc no 8466/06:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/apr/8466-06.pdf

And for the mutual recognition to judgments in criminal matters imposing custodial sentences: EU doc no: 8426/06:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/apr/8426-06.pdf

Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, comments:

“All of these measures concern substantive differences on fundamental issues yet all of these documents are secret, surely we have a right to know what is being decided in our name?”

19. Denmark: “Rebellion” case goes to Supreme Court:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/apr/denmark-%27Rebellion%27-case-goes-to-supreme-court.pdf

See also Statewatch’s: “Terrorist” lists: monitoring proscription, designation and asset-freezing:
www.statewatch.org/terrorlists/terrorlists.html

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