The EDPS is concerned about data protection issues on the review of EU financial markets legislation

According to the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), the review of EU financial markets legislation has a significant impact on data protection. He also highlighted that the reform presents a golden opportunity for the legislator to guarantee the fundamental right of data protection while taking the specific needs of the financial sector into account.

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MEPs call for adequate EU funding to combat violence against women, children and young people

According to a resolution approved by the European Parliament, the next Daphne programme should be at least funded such as it has been funded so far in order to protect women and children against violence. MEPs also reiterates that the programme needs sufficient funding to tackle real needs, maintain current measures and introduce new ones.

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The European Police College offers one-to-one exchanges to police officers

The 2012 European Police Exchange Programme has been launched by the CEPOL, the European Police College. CEPOL will offer one-to-one exchanges to police officers and scientific and research experts, teaching staff and educational programme developers, and commanders. Exchanges are organised according to 16 topics, which have been identified as important to the safety and security of European citizens.

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The Commission proposes to reform EU's data protection rules

The European Commission proposes to strengthen online privacy rights and boost Europe's digital economy throughout a reform of the EU's 1995 data protection rules. According to the Commission, the initiative will help reinforce consumer confidence in online services, providing a much needed boost to growth, jobs and innovation in Europe.

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The Commission refunded €70,000 to the NGO Migration Policy Group

The European Ombudsman has found a friendly solution to the dispute between the European Commission and the NGO Migration Policy Group (MPG) concerning an EU project launched as part of the "European Migration Dialogue". The NGO will receive €70,000 from the Commission.

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The Danish presidency supports Commission's action regarding Hungary

The European Parliament held a debate on Hungary with the attendance of the Danish Minister for European Affairs Nicolai Wammen on behalf of the Council Presidency and the Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán. Mr Wammen endorsed the Commission’s efforts to ensure Hungary’s compliance with EU law.

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Legal action against Hungary started by the European Commission

Following several exchanges with the Hungarian authorities on the drafts of the new legislation, the European Commission launched accelerated infringement proceedings against Hungary regarding he independence of its central bank and data protection authorities as well as over measures affecting the judiciary. Therefore, the Commission initiated the first stage in the EU's infringement procedure against Hungary.

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Some MEPs propose a "fundamental rights check" to determine whether there is a risk of breach of EU values in Hungary

MEPs at the Civil Liberties Committee debated on the concerns as to whether the laws implementing Hungary's new constitution are compatible with EU rules and values. Some MEPs favoured awaiting the European Commission's analysis of the laws, while some MEPs proposed a "fundamental rights check" to determine whether there is a risk of a serious breach of EU values.

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The EDPS presents its strategic planning document for 2012 on legislative consultations

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published his strategic planning document for 2012 called the Inventory, which focuses in the cornerstones of his consultation work for 2012, while not neglecting the importance of other legislative procedures where data protection is concerned.

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The European Medicines Agency released the adverse reaction reports related to Septrin

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) eventually followed the European Ombudsman's recommendation to release the adverse reaction reports related to Septrin, a medicine for the treatment of bacterial infections. EMA disclosed the documents after removing personal data.

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Europol coordinates a major crackdown against online child sex abuse file-sharing networks

‘Operation Icarus’ has helped to identify 269 suspects and arrest 112 suspects, spread across 22 involved countries thanks to a major crackdown against online child sex abuse file-sharing networks carried out by law enforcement agencies from 26 European countries, supported and coordinated by Europol.

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MEPs propose to evaluate the EU counter-terrorism policy

The European Parliament adopted a resolution in which asks to assesses properly post 9/11 counter-terrorism measures taken in Europe with regard to their cost, effectiveness, democratic scrutiny and impact on civil liberties. In addition, Parliament asks to the European Commission a map of all existing counter-terrorism policies in Europe and establishes whether these measures are subject to effective democratic scrutiny.

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