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EMPACT Crime Fighting Initiative: 2019 Results 
On 1 July 2020, the EU’s operational mechanism to fight organised international crime, EMPACT, published its operational results for 2019. Within the framework of the EU Policy Cycle to tackle organised and serious international crime, factsheets outline the numbers of arrests, investigations, action days, … Read more

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JHA Agencies Response to COVID-19 
The nine EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Agencies (CEPOL, EASO, EIGE, EMCDDA, eu-LISA, Eurojust, Europol, FRA, and Frontex) published a joint paper summarising their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since its beginning, the Agencies have aimed at supporting EU Member States and institutions to … Read more

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Roadmap to Lift Corona Containment Measures 
On 15 April 2020, the European Commission published a Joint European Roadmap towards lifting COVID-19 containment measures.The roadmap sets out three main criteria to assess whether the time has come to begin to relax the confinement, namely epidemiological criteria, a sufficient health system … Read more

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EU Toolbox for Applications to Counter COVID-19 
On 16 April 2020, EU Member States, supported by the Commission, published an EU toolbox for the use of mobile applications for contact tracing and warning in response to the coronavirus pandemic, together with a guidance on data protection for such apps. The toolbox sets … Read more

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EDPB Guidelines on Corona Apps 
On 21 April 2020, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) adopted guidelines on the use of location data and contact tracing tools in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. With regard to location data, the EDPB guidelines underline the necessity to respect the regulations … Read more

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Commission Website on Digital Response to Corona 
The European Commission published a new subsite on its website, giving information on the various digital measures that have been established in response to the COVID-19 crisis, including:Mobile data and apps;The creation of European supercomputing centres;The use of artificial intelligence; The collection … Read more

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EDPS and FRA Revise Memorandum of Understanding 
On 22 June 2020, the EDPS and the FRA signed a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) replacing the first one of 30 March 2017. The revised MoU additionally allows for the establishment of single contact points within the FRA and the EDPS to coordinate their … Read more

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GDPR Review Published 
On 24 June 2020, the European Commission published a review of its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), assessing the application of the Regulation after its entry into force in 2018. In total, the Commission draws a positive evaluation, emphasizing the GDPR’s contribution to the rights … Read more

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EDPS Strategy 2020-2024 
On 30 June 2020, the EDPS presented its new Strategy for the years 2020-2024. Under the title “Shaping a Safer Digital Future: a new Strategy for a new decade”, the new Strategy sets out how the EDPS is going to carry out its statutory … Read more

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Commission: EU PNR Directive Delivered Tangible Results 
31 August 2020
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On 24 July 2020, the Commission presented its review of Directive (EU) 2016/681 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation, and prosecution of terrorist offences and … Read more

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European Council Agrees on Future EU Budget – EP’s Criticism 
31 August 2020
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On 21 July 2020, the Heads of State and Government found a compromise on the 2021-2027 Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) and the extraordinary recovery budget destined to tackle the effects of the unprecedented coronavirus crisis. The EU leaders decided to support a budget of €1,074 … Read more

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FRA: Fundamental Rights Report 2020 
On 11 June 2020, FRA published its Fundamental Rights Report 2020. In nine chapters, it reviews the main developments of 2019 regarding:Equality and non-discrimination; Racism, xenophobia and related intolerance; Roma equality and inclusion;Asylum, visa, migration, borders, and integration;Information society, privacy and … Read more

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FRA Paper on People’s Security Concerns 
On 22 July 2020, FRA published a paper presenting people’s concerns and experiences relating to security. For this survey, approximately 35,000 persons aged 16 years and older were interviewed in all EU Member States, plus North Macedonia and the United Kingdom.Looking at the … Read more

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Practical Guidance on Border Controls 
At the end of July 2020, FRA published a practical guidance looking at border controls and fundamental rights at external land borders. The guidance aims at supporting border-management staff in the EU Member States in implementing the fundamental rights safeguards of the Schengen Borders Code … Read more

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Frontex and FRA Sign Agreement to Establish Fundamental Rights Monitors 
On 10 June 2020, Frontex and FRA signed a Service-Level Agreement to establish a team of about 40 fundamental rights monitors. They shall make sure that all operational activities are in line with the fundamental rights framework, are to monitor all types of operations and … Read more

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Operation in Montenegro Launched 
On 15 July 2020, Frontex launched an operation in Montenegro so as to tackle cross-border crime, including migrant smuggling, trafficking in human beings, document fraud, stolen vehicles and boats, smuggling of drugs and weapons, and terrorism. Measures include, for instance, the deployment of officers to … Read more

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