New restrictions on the access to chemicals that can be used to make home-made explosives

The Civil Liberties Committee in the European Parliament endorsed a draft law to restrict the general public's access to chemicals that can be used to make home-made explosives. Once definitly approved, the new law will mean that consumers will have to obtain a licence to buy these products, although some exemptions will be possible. The text has been already agreed by Parliament and Council representatives.

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EU High Representative regrets the possible consequences of the verdict review against Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and European Commissioner Štefan Füle following the outcome of the review by Ukraine’s Higher Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal Cases of the verdict against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, stressed the importance for the Ukrainian authorities to redress the effects of selective justice. This would also require implementation of further judicial reform steps. At the same time, the European Commission published a call for proposals for projects to support justice sector reforms in Ukraine.

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The European Commission takes stock on the activities of the European Migration Network

The European Commission published on August 1 2012 its report on the activities carried out by the European Migration Network (EMN) since its creation. The report highlights the contribution made by the network to the policy-making process on asylum in migration.

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The European Commission proposes a program to strengthen security industry internal market

The European Commission has put forward a proposal with a series of measures aimed at strengthening the European security industry, a market whose turnover in the EU is estimated at €30 billion in the European Union. This program will contribute to create a true internal market for EUe security industry.

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The Commission wants more engagement of youth in road safety

The European Commission is dedicating the 4th European Road Safety Day to seek a more engagement of youth in this subject. The main objective of this Day is to raise awareness of the challenges relating to road safety among decision‑makers and public opinion and to change road users' behaviour so that mobility is safe and accessible to all.

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Commission will review the Early Warning System in 2013

The European Commission's announcement that it will review its "Early Warning System" (EWS) has been welcomed by the European Ombudsman, P. Nikiforos Diamandouros. The review covers changes aimed at ensuring that the operation of the EWS respects fundamental rights, such as the right to be heard.

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Commission proposes new rules to fight fraud against the EU budget

The European Commission proposed a new Directive in order to create a more harmonised framework for prosecuting and punishing crimes involving the EU budget so that criminals no longer exploit differences between national legal systems. According to Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, currently some Member States punish one crime with imprisonment whilst others take no action.

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EU citizens show their concerned by online security

According to a new Eurobarometer published, the 89% do not disclose personal information online, and 74% agree that the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime has increased in the past year. Nonetheless, 53% have not changed any of their online passwords during 2011.

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Local and regional authorities have an active role in tackling corruption in the public sector

The Committee of the Regions' (CoR) CIVEX commission organised a seminar on "Local democracy and good governance" whose main conclusions were that local and regional authorities have an active role in ensuring transparency in the public sector and tackling corruption, thus achieving good governance and sound administration for their citizens.

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40 European measures to fight against trafficking in human beings

The European Commission presented the EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings (2012-2016). The strategy includes 40 measures that include the establishment of national law enforcement units specialised in human trafficking and the creation of joint European investigation teams to prosecute cross-border trafficking cases.

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Council's decision on Schengen might be brought to the European Court of Justice, as decided by Civil Liberties Committee

The decision by EU governments to change the legal basis for evaluating the functioning of the Schengen visa-free travel agreement might be brought to the European Court of Justice. MEPs at the Civil Liberties Committee voted last 11 of June to strongly object to Council decision and consider legal action. The Committee also stood by its amendments to two draft laws on the temporary reimposition of internal border controls and the evaluation mechanism.

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The Council reached a general approach on the amendments to Schengen

Justice and Home Affairs Ministers reached a general approach on the both Schengen related legislative proposals that are currently under discussion: Schengen evaluation mechanism and Schengen Borders Code. The compromise text provides for the possibility to reintroduce controls at internal borders in three specific cases.

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