Cutting bureaucracy: Simplifying applications of third-country nationals

On the 22 February the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament will hold an orientation vote on the ‘Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on a single application procedure for a single permit for third-country nationals to reside and work in the territory of a Member State and on a common set… Continue reading Cutting bureaucracy: Simplifying applications of third-country nationals

Basic Reference : EU and Fundamental rights

With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty the protection of fundamental rights has become one of the vital aspects of European Union activity and we are now witnessing the fundamental change of the nature of the European construction which was born in 1957 mainly as an economy oriented organisation. Notwithstanding the recent critics… Continue reading Basic Reference : EU and Fundamental rights

Interlaken declaration and Action plan to reform the European Court of Human Rights

The text below have been taken from the official Council of Europe Press release presenting the result of the Interlaken Conference (19.02.2010) It is worth noting that on Thursday, just before the opening of the Ministerial Conference, the Russian Minister of Justice Alexander Konovalov deposited the ratification instrument of Protocol 14 which will therefore enter… Continue reading Interlaken declaration and Action plan to reform the European Court of Human Rights

Full body-scanners: risks of violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights

The recent attempted bombing to the Detroit flight on 25 December 2009 confirmed the weakness in aviation security to detect non-metallic items. As a consequence a reignited interest towards the introduction of full-body scanners in airports is taking place worldwide.  Full-body scanners create an image of the full body which shows the surface of the skin… Continue reading Full body-scanners: risks of violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights

The bumpy path of the Anti-discrimination Directive restarts

The Committee on Civil Liberties of the European Parliament has finally restarted the legislative works on the Proposal for a Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation by nominating the MEP Mr Raúl Romeva I Rueda of the Green Group as rapporteur. The text had… Continue reading The bumpy path of the Anti-discrimination Directive restarts

American authorities access to banks data: challenges…and perspectives

The EU parliamentary Committee on Civil Liberties provoked a certain sensation by deciding on the 4 February to suggest to the European Parliament plenary not to conclude the interim agreement which allows the Treasury Department of The United States of America to access financial data processed by SWIFT (already published in this blog). What the press… Continue reading American authorities access to banks data: challenges…and perspectives

Twelve European countries call for a “European Protection Order” combating violence against women

This week the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the European Parliament will examine an interesting initiative for a Directive presented by twelve Members of the European Union (the Kingdom of Belgium, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Kingdom of Spain, the Republic of Estonia, the French Republic, the Italian Republic, the Republic of Hungary,… Continue reading Twelve European countries call for a “European Protection Order” combating violence against women

The approval of Protocol 14 opens the way to the EU adhesion to the European Convention on Human Rights

Russian lawmakers voted on Friday to ratify a key protocol on reforming the European Court of Human Rights, clearing the way for the long-delayed reform after years of resistance from Moscow. The lower house of Russia’s parliament, the Duma, ratified on Friday 15 January 2010 the Protocol 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights… Continue reading The approval of Protocol 14 opens the way to the EU adhesion to the European Convention on Human Rights

The new powers of the Court of Justice after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty

The press release published on November 30th by the Court of Justice is worth reading by everybody interested in the European Law as well by the every individual whishing to bthe protection of its rights. The very essential and clear text is the following: The Treaty of Lisbon and the Court of Justice of the… Continue reading The new powers of the Court of Justice after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty

“Road map”’s overview on procedural guarantees and other proposals in the field of judicial cooperation in criminal matters sent by the Swedish Presidency

The Roadmap submitted by the Swedish Presidency “With a view to fostering protection of suspected and accused persons in criminal proceedings” (the Roadmap) on 1 July 2009 has the objective of reinforcing some fundamental rights which should be recognised to individuals involved in criminal proceedings, being them defendant, victims or witnesses.  The European legislator has… Continue reading “Road map”’s overview on procedural guarantees and other proposals in the field of judicial cooperation in criminal matters sent by the Swedish Presidency