EP Committee approves amendments on Single permit Directive

Non-EU workers in Europe should have the same rights regarding working time, leave and social security as EU nationals, said the Employment Committee on Wednesday. However, MEPs also made it clear that Member States may choose to allow tax benefits only when workers' family members live in the same country. In addition, they backed the Commission's proposal to exclude posted workers from the scope of legislation.

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Europol coordinates police operation against World's largest online paedophile ring

In what has already been qualified one of the biggest investigations of its kind against paedophilia, the police arrested on 16 March 184 suspected child sex offenders and has identified over 200 victims of child abuse. The operation, which counted upon the leading support of Europol, has identified 670 suspects across the world and has achieved to safeguard the highest number of victims in an operation of this kind, with more than 230 safeguarded only the day of the first arrests.

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Parliament calls for new legislation to fight gender violence against women

recognising rape and other sexual violence against women as a crime throughout the EU, is a key issue which must be addressed by the European Union. This is one of the main aspects which has been pointed out by the member of the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee of the European Parliament, who also added that all perpetrators of such acts should be automatically prosecuted. These are some of the elements included in a resolution where MEPs call for an EU directive to combat gender-based violence.

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EC seeks views on how to make Europe’s security industry a world leader

In order to promote European security industry, the Commission has launched on 14 March a public consultation to invite all interested parties to share their views on the best policy measures to be taken to make Europe’s security industry a world leader. This consultation aims to gather opinions on how to deal with the fragmented internal market and the weak industrial base this industry is facing. Interested parties may submit their opinion until 13 May.

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EU marks Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism

In the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the Madrid train bombings that killed 191 and injured at least 1800 people commuting to work, the European Union marks the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism. Commemorating this day Vice-President Viviane Reding and Commissioner Cecilia Malmström made a joint statement expressing the EU's solidarity with the victims of all type of terrorism in the world.

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Actions for more efficient rules on border crossing in the EU

The European Commission proposed on 10 March 2011 a series of measures to amend the Schengen Borders Code with the aim of facilitating the movement of people across EU internal and external borders in a controlled manner. These changes are intended to increase clarity in the current regulations and improve the system.

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EP calls for a plan to cope with migration inflows and back future democracies in South Mediterranean

The EU needs a long-term plan to support transition to democracy in the Mediterranean area and cope with any possible migration inflows. This was the statement made within the Civil Liberties Committee on 1 march 2011, where MEPs urged Member States to accelerate work on the asylum package and stressed the need for solidarity as regards relocating migrants.

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Council support to Commission's proposal for an EU Internal Security Strategy in action

EU ministers in charge of Justice and Home Affaits meeting in Brussels on 24 February 2011, debated over the Commission communication on the European Union internal security strategy in action, reaching a series of conclusions regarding this text. In their remarks, ministers underlines that any response to EU's main threats must respect its common values, including the protection and promotion of fundamental rights within the Union and in its relations with the wider world.

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EU activates Civil Protection mechanism to evacuate Europeans from Libya

In the evening of 23 February, the Presidency of the European Council and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs of the European Union activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to support the evacuation of EU citizens from Libya. As highlighted by Commissioner Georgieva, responsible for Crisis Response, it is EU's responsibility to evacuate from Libya the thousands of EU citizens who are struggling get out of the country under extremely difficult circumstances.

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Commission will not consider amending Regulation on local border traffic at external borders

According to the results of the Second report on the implementation and functioning of the local border (LBT) traffic regime, the European Commission has concluded that the regime is working well in practice. Despite the little amount of available data, the Commission concluded that the LBT regime is helping to makes life significantly easier for people living near the external land borders and there is little evidence that the regime is being abused. Consequently, the Commission is not considering amending the LBT Regulation

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EU to assist Italy for immediate action on immigration emergency in Lampedusa

In a debate about the immigration emergency crisis which is going on in the South Mediterranean held at the European Parliament Plenary session, MEPs stressed that based on the principle of solidarity, EU Member States should provide immediate assistance and share the burden with Italy and the other countries affected by an extraordinary flow of immigrants from Northern Africa. For that reason, Commissioner Malmström, ensured that the EU will provide support to Italian authorities further to the request for assistance sent to FRONTEX on 15 February.

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