WikiLeaks: an increased call for transparency

WikiLeaks’ latest release of classified documents raised deep concern among the United States (US) Government and put into question whether the freedom of expression, as established in the First Amendment of the US Constitution, should be object of revision by amending the Espionage Act of 1917. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said that a… Continue reading WikiLeaks: an increased call for transparency

EU Internal Security strategy: towards a EU-USA common path?

The traditional meeting between the justice and home affairs ministerial representatives of the United States of America (USA) and of the European Union (EU) took place the 8th and 9th December 2010. Ms Janet Napolitano, from the Department of Homeland Security and Mr Eric Holder, General Attorney of the Department of Justice have discussed with… Continue reading EU Internal Security strategy: towards a EU-USA common path?

FRONTEX: first ever RABIT operation deployed on 2 November

The Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABIT) is a mechanism established so as to allow, in case of exceptional migratory pressure, rapid deployment of border guards on a European level. Established in 2007 as part of the Agency’s founding mandate, RABIT operations have never been used up to now. Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström went to… Continue reading FRONTEX: first ever RABIT operation deployed on 2 November

FRONTEX: first ever RABIT operation deployed on 2 November

The Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABIT) is a mechanism established so as to allow, in case of exceptional migratory pressure, rapid deployment of border guards on a European level. Established in 2007 as part of the Agency’s founding mandate, RABIT operations have never been used up to now. Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström went to… Continue reading FRONTEX: first ever RABIT operation deployed on 2 November

Conference: Which Integration Policies for Migrants? Interactions between the EU and its Member States”

Please find in the link below information regarding the Conference entitled “Which Integration Policies for Migrants? Interactions between the EU and its Member States” to be held in Brussels the 28 and 29 October 2010 link: http://www.ulb.ac.be/assoc/odysseus/IntegrationE.html

ACTA negotiations concluded…or maybe not?

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations were concluded in Japan on October 2, after 11 round of the negotiations. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) began in Geneva two years ago. It is a plurilateral trade agreement aimed at establishing international standards on intellectual property rights so as to  assist those that are part of the… Continue reading ACTA negotiations concluded…or maybe not?

The European Union and State Secrets: a fully evolving institutional framework

Many contemporary debates surround the issue of the treatment of confidential information and state secrets both in the United States (1) and the European Union (2) and questions have also been raised over the WikiLeaks phenomenon. It therefore seems timely to try to shed some light on the way confidential information is handled by the… Continue reading The European Union and State Secrets: a fully evolving institutional framework

Trafficking of human beings: towards a more protective regime?

The European Parliament submitted a draft report  by the co-rapporteurs  for discussion on 28 June 2010 (2010/0065(COD)) on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings, and protecting victims, repealing Framework Decision 2002/629/JHA, 28 May 2010, 10330/10. Trafficking in human beings has been primarily dealt… Continue reading Trafficking of human beings: towards a more protective regime?

Readmission agreement with Pakistan: international human rights norms respected?

One of the main debates concerning the European Union (EU) refers to whether policy making in an EU institutional setting can be defined as supranational or intergovernmental. Migration policies have traditionally supported the latter argumentation; however, since the implementation of the Treaty of Amsterdam (1999) a slow movement from an intergovernmental to a more communitarian… Continue reading Readmission agreement with Pakistan: international human rights norms respected?

SWIFT II: bridging the gap or limiting the damage?

A few months after the rejection by the European Parliament of the Interim Agreement on TFTP between the European Union and the United States of America, a new agreement is under way, after it was signed on 28 June 2010 and will most probably be voted during the plenary in July (5-8). The new text… Continue reading SWIFT II: bridging the gap or limiting the damage?