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MEPs to report on EU freedom of press

MEPs of the Civil Liberties Committee will monitor and report in the coming months on the situation of rule of law in the EU, with a specific focus on corruption and freedom of the press.

The Committee has set up a Rule of Law monitoring group (ROLMG), chaired by Sophia in ‘t Veld (ALDE, NL), which will build on the two ad hoc EP visits to Malta (December 2017) and Slovakia (March 2018) following the murders of the Maltese blogger and journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, and the Slovakian journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée.

MEPs will also follow up of the conclusions and recommendations adopted by plenary in its resolutions on Malta (15 November 2017) and Slovakia (19 April 2018).

The European Parliament is concerned about the lack of progress in both murder investigations, repeated claims of harassment and intimidation of journalists and persistent allegations of corruption and fraud. The aim of the new monitoring group is to give full support to all efforts to seek justice and make sure the rule of law prevails.

The group’s mandate, until 31 December, foresees the possibility of hearings, meetings, fact finding missions, reporting back to the European Parliament and the adoption of a final resolution.

The group will be chaired by Sophia in ‘t Veld (ALDE, NL). Other members will be Roberta Metsola (EPP, MT), Josef Weidenholzer (S&D, AT),  Judith Sargentini (Greens, NL), Laura Ferrara (EFDD, IT), and Auke Zijlstra (ENF, NL). The representatives of ECR and GUE have not been appointed yet.

EP: prolongs internal border checks


European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will question Council and Commission representatives on Thursday about the decision once again to prolong internal border checks in place in five countries in the Schengen passport-free area for another three months, until mid-May.

On Tuesday 7 February, following a proposal by the Commission, the Council agreed that Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway should prolong “proportionate temporary border controls for a maximum period of three months” at a series of specified internal borders.

These exceptional measures were first introduced for an initial period of six months in May 2016, in response to growing migratory flows, and have already been extended twice, despite the Commission’s assurance that the aim was to lift them by the end of 2016 at the latest.

 The exchange of views with representatives of the Council and the Commission will take place on Thursday  between 14.00 and 14.45, in the Paul-Henri Spaak room (3C050).

Débat d'asile: focus la Grèce et l'Italie


Les progrès en matière de transfert de demandeurs d’asile depuis la Grèce et l’Italie vers d’autres pays membres et depuis des pays tiers vers l’UE, seront examinés par les députés de la commission des libertés civiles jeudi (LIBE). Ces derniers discuteront également des résultats de l’accord conclu avec la Turquie en mars 2016, visant à améliorer la gestion des flux migratoires et des réfugiés.

Durant le débat, qui se déroulera de 17h30 à 18h30, la Commission européenne expliquera sa proposition récente visant à mettre un terme à la suspension des transferts de demandeurs d’asile vers la Grèce, en vertu du règlement de Dublin qui détermine l’État membre chargé de traiter la demande d’asile. Le commissaire Dimitris Avramopoulos avait déclaré lors d’un débat en session plénière le 14 décembre 2016 que la Commission avait pour objectif une reprise progressive des transferts à partir du 15 mars.

Plus tot jeudi, Vincent Cochetel, directeur du bureau du Haut-Commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés pour l’Europe, présentera aux députés ses propositions pour améliorer la protection des réfugiés dans l’UE et dans le monde.