European Parliament confirms von der Leyen Commission Parliament confirms von der Leyen Commission27/11/2019 13:00:00<div>On 27 November 2019, the European Parliament approved the new Commissioners, presented to plenary by Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen.</div><div> <br> </div><div>During her opening statement, she highlighted that appropriate investment and regulatory frameworks will be put into place for Europe to lead the way internationally on a range of critical issues: environmental protection and climate change, growth, inclusion, innovation and digitalisation, as well as the protection of democracy, European values, citizens’ rights and the rule of law.</div><div> <br> </div><div> <strong>Next steps</strong></div><div>The new Commission needs to be formally appointed by EU heads of state or government. Its five-year term is expected to start on 1 December.</div><div> <br> </div><div> <strong>Further reading</strong></div><div> <a href="" target="_blank">EP News</a><br></div><p> <br> </p><p> <img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20191127PHT67527.jpg" alt="" style="max-width:75%;" /> <br> <span style="font-size:12px;">Photo courtesy of European Parliament</span> </p>
EU Data Protection Authority Selects a New Supervisor Data Protection Authority Selects a New Supervisor26/11/2019 13:00:00<p>On 26 November 2019, the European Parliament's Civil Liberties committee (LIBE) confirmed Polish privacy regulator Wojtek Wiewiorowski as the head of the European Data Protection Supervisor. The Polish official currently serves as Assistant Supervisor and acting Supervisor of the watchdog, responsible for monitoring  EU institutions' compliance with data protection rules, ensuring that the rights to privacy and data protection are respected. Wiewiorowski will officially take up the job of Supervisor on December 6, for a five year mandate.</p><p> </p><p>Given the sensitivity of the personal data stored in the large-scale IT systems eu-LISA manages, the Agency strictly applies the provisions foreseen in <a href="" target="_blank">Regulation (EU) 2018/1725</a> on the protection of natural persons. Further to this, eu-LISA ensures that all systems under its mandate operate following the latest IT-security standards and protocols. eu-LISA makes sure that Europe's freedom, security and justice management systems, and the data therein, are safeguarded for generations to come.<br></p><p><br></p>
The Nine JHA Agencies Discuss Joint Efforts in Building Interoperability Nine JHA Agencies Discuss Joint Efforts in Building Interoperability21/11/2019 22:00:00<div>On 22 November 2019, the Heads of the nine EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) agencies, including eu-LISA, met in The Hague, to discuss the state-of-play and the Agencies' joint efforts in building interoperability - an effort to link together the several information systems operating EU level that provide border guards as well as immigration and law enforcement officers with relevant information on security threats.</div><div>eu-LISA LISA Executive Director Krum Garkov highlighted the ongoing preparations and future developments for the new JHA information architecture for border management and internal security. He noted that today the EU faces an important challenge: to stay open while also maintaining a high level of security. This is getting even more challenging as the shift from physical to virtual security becomes more apparent. Building interoperability is an iterative process, with multiple dependencies. Krum Garkov emphasised the need for continuous coordination and cooperation between the JHA Agencies, Commission and Member States, common standards in research and development, as well as a redesign of the work processes and procedures.<br></div><div>The discussions of the Heads of the Agencies, hosted by the 2019 Chair of the JHA Network - Europol, also covered the implementation of the New Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 and common efforts in reinforcing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The Agencies’ representatives have signed a formal <a href="/Newsroom/News/Documents/Joint_Statement_on_Diversity_and_Inclusion.PDF">statement</a> to champion equality and ensure equal opportunities for all staff members while embracing their diversity. </div><div>The outcome of the meeting, as well as different areas of cooperation and subjects relevant to JHA discussed throughout 2019, will serve for the drafting of a joint strategic report with recommendations for the EU Council on the future Internal Security Strategy.<br></div><p> <br> </p><div> <strong>Background</strong></div><div>The Justice and Home Affairs Agencies Network (JHAAN) is composed of nine EU agencies: <a href="">eu-LISA</a>, <a href="">CEPOL</a>, <a href="">EASO</a>, <a href="">Frontex</a>, <a href="">Europol</a>, <a href="">EMCDDA</a>, <a href="">Eurojust</a>, <a href="">FRA</a>, <a href="">EIGE</a>. DG Home, DG JUST, EEAS are invited to the network meetings as observers. <br></div><div>The Chair of the network is held for a year, on a rotating basis. In 2019, Europol has the Chair of the JHA Agencies Network.</div><div>The network was established in 2010 to foster bilateral and multilateral cooperation among the JHA agencies working on a range of justice and security issues such as migration, counter-terrorism, information exchange, serious and organised crime, monitoring of drugs use and addiction, cybercrime and cybersecurity, fundamental rights, police training, gender balance.</div><div>The network also aims at increasing the visibility of JHA agencies’ work in the implementation of key policy initiatives in the EU security architecture such as the European Agenda on Migration and the European Agenda on Security.<br></div><p> <br> </p><div> <strong>Further Reading</strong><br></div><div><ul><li> <a href="/Newsroom/News/Documents/EUROPOL_press_release_20191122.pdf">Europol Press Release</a><br></li><li> <a href="/Newsroom/News/Documents/Joint_Statement_on_Diversity_and_Inclusion.PDF">Joint Statement on Diversity and Inclusion</a><br></li></ul></div><p> <br> </p>
eu-LISA joins 10-year anniversary of EU's Fundamental Rights Charter's-Fundamental-Rights-Charter.aspxeu-LISA joins 10-year anniversary of EU's Fundamental Rights Charter12/11/2019 10:30:00<p> The nine EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies are marking the 10-year anniversary of the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights by pledging to continue to respect and promote fundamental rights throughout the work.</p><p> <em>"The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union brings together the fundamental rights of everyone living in the European Union. Safeguarding these rights is a top priority also for eu-LISA when implementing advanced technologies for the benefit of citizens in the area of Justice and Home Affairs," says eu-LISA Executive Director Krum GARKOV.</em></p><p><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/fundamental_rights_charter.png" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px 15px;width:219px;" />The agencies have agreed to continue to promote and protect <a href="/Newsroom/News/Documents/Fundamental_Rights_Statement.pdf">fundamental rights</a> throughout their work. This includes ensuring their work always complies with the Charter.</p><p> They will continue to uphold fundamental rights in their working practices such as promoting gender equality and diversity at work.</p><p>They will also run awareness raising activities, staff training, joint activities to increase awareness about the Charter and its entitlements.</p><p>In addition, they will continue to build and enhance their capacity to respect the Charter by sharing and exchanging best practices. This will form part of their regular network meetings of Justice and Home Affairs Agencies, chaired this year by the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol). </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The nine agencies are the: European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (<a href="">eu-LISA</a>); European Asylum Support Office (<a href="" target="_blank">EASO</a>); European Border and Coast Guard Agency (<a href="" target="_blank">Frontex</a>); European Institute for Gender Equality (<a href="" target="_blank">EIGE</a>); European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (<a href="" target="_blank">FRA</a>); European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (<a href="" target="_blank">Europol</a>); European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (<a href="" target="_blank">CEPOL</a>); European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (<a href="" target="_blank">EMCDDA</a>); European Union Judicial Cooperation Unit (<a href="" target="_blank">EUROJUST</a>).</p><p>It builds on a previous commitment by all EU agencies to strengthen <a href="/Newsroom/News/Documents/Fundamental_Rights_Statement.pdf">fundamental rights' protection</a> in their work. </p><p>The statement is being released during the <a href="">2019 Conference on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights</a> to mark 10 years of the Charter. The event is organised by the European Commission and the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU and FRA. It takes place in Brussels on 12 November.</p><p>More information about the JHA Agencies Network is available on <a href="">Europol</a>'s website.<br></p><p> <br> </p> <br>