Europe improves disaster response capacity

The European Commission has adopted on 26 October a Communication aimed to improve the disaster response of the European Union and make it better, faster and more efficient. The Communication proposes the creation of the European Emergency Response Centre to coordinate actions, active both within and outside of its borders.

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Frontex deploys first Rapid Border Intervention Teams to Greece

Greek Government requested on 24 October from Frontex the deployment of Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABITs) to assist Greece in controlling its external land border with Turkey. This is the first time since the creation of the Agency in 2005 that Frontex has deployed the RABIT teams, a group of specialised border guards made available by 27 EU countries to deal with emergency situations at the EU’s external borders.

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Commission assesses Schengen Borders Code implementation

In its report on the application of the Schengen Border Code concerning the internal borders, the Commission points to three specific issues of concern: difficulties linked to alleged regular and systematic checks in certain internal border zones; maintenance of obstacles to fluid traffic flow at road crossing-points at internal borders; and delays in the notification of planned reintroduction of internal borders controls.

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Commission to boost Europe's defences against cyberattacks

The European Commission today unveiled two new measures to ensure that Europe can defend itself from attacks against its key information (IT) systems. A proposal for a Directive to deal with new cyber crimes, such as large-scale cyber attacks, is complemented by a proposal for a Regulation to strengthen and modernise the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).

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Commission assesses Roma issue in France and acts for full enforcement of Directive on Free Movement in MS

The European Commission presented on 29 September its conclusions after the assessment on recent developments in France as well as the discussions about the overall situation of the Roma and the enforcement of EU law on free movement of EU citizens. Infringement procedures could be  initiated in the context of October package if full transposition of Free Movement Directive is not notified.

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One step closer towards new EU rules for investigation and prevention of air accidents

The European Parliament's vote supporting a new regulation on investigation and prevention of accidents in civil aviation which paves the way to a first reading agreement between Parliament and Council. The new legislation will strengthen the independence and effectiveness of air accident investigations in the EU, promote cooperation between the accident investigation authorities, and ensure better follow-up of safety recommendations.

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EP calls for an integral plan on disaster prevention

During the European Parliament plenary session, the chamber approved a resolution stressing the need for adequate financial resources as well as adequate measures for disaster prevention. The plan includes legislation to establish a Community policy on water scarcity, stronger punishment of arson, an EU-wide disaster insurance scheme and more flexible mobilization of the Solidarity Fund.

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Commission sets general principles for the agreements on passenger data records

With view to lay down general rules governing the agreements with third countries concerning the exchange of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data, the European Commission adopted on 21 September a series of measures which define EU external strategy, as well as recommendations for the negotiation of agreements with third countries.

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EC modifies general requirements for European civil protection modules

The Official Journal of the European Union published on 7 September 2010 Commission's Decision amending the rules for the implementation of the Community civil protection mechanism. This amendment introduces measures which are needed at Union and participating state levels to enhance the interoperability of civil protection modules, notably regarding training and exercises.

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New tender to address key European defence technical and industrial dependences

European Defence Agency has launched a tender to address key European defence technical and industrial dependences. This tender has been published in OJ on 21th August, 2010.

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14 of the 27 EU Member States have not put the rules relating to cross-border crime in place

On July 2010, Italian authorities confiscated €60 million of Mafia assets. In the UK, £92.3 million was seized from an international crime ring with property in Dubai. The seizures only claim a fraction of the total wealth of criminals, which today can be easily transferred across borders.

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