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25/5/05
Statewatch News Online, 25 May 2005 (18/05)
  

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1. EU: Updated EU Anti-terrorism Action Plan, 23 May 2005 and more
2. EU: Meijers’ Committee report on the Visa Information System (VIS)
3. UK: Identity Card Bill published 25 May 2005
4. EU-Canada Passenger Name Record (PNR) agreement
5. UK: Civil Contingencies Act 2004 – Draft Regulations
6. EU: Draft Council Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia
7. An Appraisal of Technologies of Political Control by Steve Wright
8. Europol Terrorism Report October 2003 – October 2004

1. EU: Updated EU Anti-terrorism Action Plan, 23 May 2005
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/europol-terr-plan.pdf

plus:

a. EU Anti-terrorism implementation report, 24 May 2005:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/eu-terr-action-plan-implementation.pdf

b. EU anti-terrorism clauses 11 May 2005 – declassified version with lots of deletions:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/eu-terr-clauses.pdf

c. EU: anti-terrorism external relations 11 May 2005 – declassified version with lots of deletions
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/eu-terr-ext-relations.pdf

d. Europol’s Plan of Action on Combating Terrorism, 23 May 2005. Contains interesting comments by Europol on the “principle of availability” of intelligence (ie: every agency has access to everything) to “avoid information “shopping” and duplication of effort” and on the Analysis Work File (AWF) “Dolphin” which seeks to cover suspected terrorist groups not covered by “Islamic Terrorism” – which covers 2,380 “entities and 6,286 “link records”:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/europol-terr-plan.pdf

The Action Plan updates that of 14 December 2004, see Statewatch’s Observatory on freedom and democracy:
www.statewatch.org/observatory2.htm

2. EU: Meijers’ Committee report on the Visa Information System (VIS) (pdf). Comments Standing Committee of experts in international immigration, refugee and criminal law on the draft proposal for a Regulation concerning the Visa Information System (VIS), COM (2004) 835:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/meijers-vis-report.pdf

3. UK: Identity Card Bill published 25 May 2005 (full-text, pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/uk-ID-CARD-Bill.pdf

Explanatory Notes (pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/uk-ID-CARD-Bill-expl.pdf

4. EU-Canada Passenger Name Record (PNR) agreement:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/eu-canada-pnr-agreement.pdf

5. UK: Civil Contingencies Act 2004: i) Emergency preparedness – guidance (231 pages, pdf, link)
www.ukresilience.info/ccact/emergencypreparedness.pdf

ii) Draft Regulations (Statutory Instruments which go through parliament on the nod unless MPs object)
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/cca-draft-regs.pdf

iii) Civil Contingencies Act 2004:
www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts2004/20040036.htm

iv) Statewatch critique of the Bill:
www.statewatch.org/news/2004/jan/12uk-civil-contingencies-bill-revised.htm

6. EU: Draft Council Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia (draft at 19 May, pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/eu-draft-racism-measure.pdf

7. EU: Report for the European Parliament’s STOA Committee published in 1998: An Appraisal of Technologies of Political Control by Steve Wright:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/steve-wright-stoa-rep.pdf

8. Europol Terrorism Report October 2003 – October 2004 (pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/eu-terr-rep-03-04.pdf

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