FRA moderated a workshop on strengthening the rights of victims, including compensation during a conference in Vienna on 21 October to mark EU Anti-Trafficking Day 2013.
The conference was organised by the Austrian Task Force against Human Trafficking, established by the Austrian Federal Government and coordinated by the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs. This year the event focussed on trafficking for labour exploitation. […]
The Council adopted the regulation establishing the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) (PE-CONS 56/13) today without discussion.
The aim of the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) is to reinforce control of the Schengen external borders. In particular, EUROSUR will establish a mechanism for member states' authorities carrying out border surveillance activities to share operational information and to cooperate with each other and with the FRONTEX Agency in order to reduce the number of irregular migrants entering the EU undetected, and to increase internal security by preventing cross-border crime, such as trafficking in human beings and the smuggling of drugs. […]
The case of 15-year-old Leonarda Dibrani, who was ordered off a school bus in France on 9 October and escorted by police officers to join her family, which was being put on a flight to Kosovo later that day, has attracted a great deal of attention. An investigation report by the French government concluded that although the girl, whose parents are from Kosovo, was legally deported, the operation could have been conducted with more sensitivity.
FRA has compiled a document providing practical guidance on the fundamental rights considerations of apprehending migrants in an irregular situation. It makes suggestions about what law enforcement officials should do and what they should avoid when enforcing immigration law. […]
At its plenary session in Brussels yesterday, in the wake of the Lampedusa disaster, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) made a loud and clear call for a coherent EU immigration policy based on burden-sharing. With an own-initiative opinion, the EESC reiterated its already well-established position on this issue: irregular immigration into the EU is a European problem that can only be solved by European means.
This call is addressed not just to the EU institutions but also to the EU Member States to ensure that a coherent policy is adopted and future tragedies averted.
Panagiotis Gkofas (Various Interests Group, Greece), EESC rapporteur for an opinion on irregular immigration by sea highlighted the scope of the problem: "We need a policy based on solidarity so that it is not just southern Europe shouldering the responsibility. These people do not come to stay in a small village in southern Europe. They are using these countries as entry point to northern Europe; and this makes it a European problem". […]
Si leur prélèvement et leur conservation dans le passeport constituent une atteinte aux droits au respect de la vie privée et à la protection des données à caractère personnel, ces mesures sont néanmoins justifiées pour empêcher toute utilisation frauduleuse des passeports.
Le règlement n° 2252/20041 prévoit que les passeports2 comportent un support de stockage de haute sécurité qui contient, à côté d’une photo faciale, deux empreintes digitales. Ces dernières ne peuvent être utilisées que dans le seul but de vérifier l’authenticité du passeport et l’identité de son titulaire. […]