Tag: Timothy Kirkhope

#PassengerNameRecords: Useful against terrorism, but privacy and proportionality worries remain

#PassengerNameRecords: Useful against terrorism, but privacy and proportionality worries remain

Many MEPs speaking in Wednesday’s (14 April) debate were convinced that the proposed EU law on the use of Passenger Name Records (PNR) will be a useful tool in the fight against terrorism and serious crime. But others voiced serious concerns about the adequacy of privacy safeguards and the proportionality of massive collection of data. […]

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#PNR: Positive reactions over Parliament’s approval of Passenger Name Records

#PNR: Positive reactions over Parliament’s approval of Passenger Name Records

| April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

On 14 April the European Parliament voted in favour of the Passenger Name Records (PNR), a reform judged by many MEPs over different parties as a necessity to ensure more security to European citizens. However, concerns remain over privacy of citizens. Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos issued […]

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#Refugees: Parliament debates over new approach for refugees

#Refugees: Parliament debates over new approach for refugees

| April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

A centralised asylum system would allow the EU to better manage flows of migrants and asylum seekers, according to a new report by the European Parliament.  In a non-binding resolution, MEPs acknowledge the failure of the EU asylum system to cope with ever-rising numbers of migrant arrivals and call for a radical overhaul of the […]

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#RefugeeCrisis: Priorities, not wish lists, needed for a truly ‘holistic’ approach to migration

#RefugeeCrisis: Priorities, not wish lists, needed for a truly ‘holistic’ approach to migration

The European Parliament has adopted a set of recommendations for what it calls a ‘holistic’ approach to the migration crisis, but in reality the recommendations adopted represent a ‘lowest common denominator’ of what the left and the right can agree. Helga Stevens MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) lead member on the proposals, said she […]

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#PNR: Vote on EU Passenger Name Records likely to happen next week

#PNR: Vote on EU Passenger Name Records likely to happen next week

| April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

A long-awaited vote on the EU Passenger Name Records (PNR) legislation is likely to happen next week after months of delays. The vote has been made probable after officials in the Council of Ministers were able to speed up work on the EU’s data protection legislation. A vote on data protection is now scheduled in […]

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#DublinRegulation: Conservative Party urges to make the EU’s rules on asylum work better

#DublinRegulation: Conservative Party urges to make the EU’s rules on asylum work better

| April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

The European Commission has put forward on 6 April two possible visions for the future of the EU’s Dublin regulation, which determines where asylum applications should be made. One vision is a complete overhaul of the system which would see automatic and mandatory redistribution of applicants around the EU. The other vision broadly fits with […]

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#EU-Turkey: Ten requirements for an EU-Turkey agreement on migratory flows

#EU-Turkey: Ten requirements for an EU-Turkey agreement on migratory flows

| March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group Home Affairs Spokesman Timothy Kirkhope MEP has called for EU Leaders to go back to the drawing board on the EU-Turkey deal on the table. On 15 March, he has set out ten requirements for any agreement reached during the upcoming European Summit on 17 and 18 March. He said: “We seem to be […]

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