FRA presented the findings from its ‘National intelligence authorities and surveillance in the EU: Fundamental rights safeguards and remedies’ report at an intelligence services and law event in Vienna on 26 November.
The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has published a report today looking into the legal arrangements that govern intelligence services and their surveillance practices in the EU Member States. It underlines the challenges of protecting citizens while safeguarding the fundamental rights that underpin European societies.
Members of the Finnish parliamentary Constitutional Law Committee visited FRA to hear about the Agency’s work related to the fundamental rights challenges in the EU in general and in Finland in particular.
Record numbers of migrants died as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe in 2014. Member States should therefore consider offering more legal possibilities for people in need of international protection to enter the EU, as viable alternatives to risky irregular entry. This is one of the conclusions from this year’s Annual report which looks at developments across the EU in many areas over 2014.
Outgoing FRA Director Morten Kjaerum spoke to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). He began by talking about the Agency’s achievements since its establishment in 2007, focusing particularly on FRA’s large-scale surveys and its legal Opinions on EU legislation
On 7 November, data protection experts gathered at FRA to discuss the preliminary findings from FRA’s current project looking into safeguards and remedies in the context of large-scale surveillance by intelligence services.
On 28-29 October, FRA took part in the Supervision Coordination Group meetings of the large-scale IT border management systems, Eurodac, SIS II (Schengen Information System) and VIS (Visa Information System).