Multiannual framework for the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights : - extracts from the report

Type: News   Reference: 89812   Duration: 00:05:01  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 13/12/2012   First transmission: 13/12/2012
Multiannual framework for the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights : - extracts from the report The future of Agency for Fundamental Rights was discussed this morning in Parliament. Among other Member States, UK blocked the adoption of the new financial framework of this Agency on the reason that the Agency intends to extend its studies on the possible violations of Human Rights within the police and judicial cooperation area. After several UK MEP's advocated against this extension and further accused Agency of being spendthrift, MEP Michael Cashman (S&D, UK) vehemently intervened. As for Rapporteur Tatjana ZDAKANA, she deplored the lack of agreement in the Council as regards the inclusion of the proposed new thematic areas of police cooperation and judicial cooperation in criminal matters in the new Multiannual Framework. Following the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, police cooperation and judicial cooperation in criminal matters have become part of the law of the Union and are therefore covered by the scope of the tasks of the Agency. The rapporteur also expressed concern over reported attempts of several Member States in the Council to exclude discrimination based on membership of a national minority from the thematic areas.

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00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (English) Tatjana ZDANOKA (Greens/EFA, LV) Rapporteur : "I also deeply regret the lack of agreement in the Council as regard the inclusion of the proposed new thematic areas of police cooperation and judicial cooperation in criminal matters in the new version. Last but not least, I am concerned by a reported attempt of several Member States in the Council to exclude discrimination based on Membership of a national minority from the thematic areas and find such a theme unacceptable." 00:00:33
00:00:43 SOUNDBITE (English) Viviane REDING, Commissioner in charge of Vice-president and commissioner responsible for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship. "We cannot ignore that we have a new Treaty, the Treaty of Lisbon, and with all its consequences. We do not have any more a pillar structure, there is only one European Law. And the Fundamental Rights Agency needs to be able to collect data on fundamental rights in a comparable manner also in the old third pillar domain, police cooperation and judicial cooperation in criminal matter. 00:00:32
00:01:15 SOUNDBITE (English) Viviane REDING, Commissioner in charge of Vice-president and commissioner responsible for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship. "The good work of the Agency is being jeopardized as the Council will not be in the position to adopt the multiannual framework for the Agency by the end of December this year." 00:00:12
00:01:27 SOUNDBITE (Swedish) Anna HEDH (S&D, SE) (English translation) : "The European Union Fundamental Rights Agency is an incredibly important tool for us. Supporting Fundamental Rights for citizens is not just important for the Single Market, through its expertise and well-founded report and analysis of legislation it contributes to consolidate the work here, and by extension it helps the EU where Fundamental Rights have a genuine meaning in the European Union." 00:00:36
00:02:03 SOUNDBITE (French) Nathalie GRIESBECK (ALDE, FR) (English translation) "Council, under the pressure from some Member States decided to refuse the Agency the possibility to work on these fields, which belong to the former third pillar which is now fully part of the EU Law since the Lisbon treaty, therefore Council decision is taken in violation of the Treaty, and aims the sector where the European citizen's rights are directly threatened." 00:00:19
00:02:22 SOUNDBITE (English) Timothy KIRKHOPE (ECR, UK) MEP, Vice-Chair Special Committee on organised crime, corruption and money laundering "What we don't really appreciate, is the determination, by the Agency on Human Rights, that Commission and Colleagues here in Parliament sometimes, to expand the work into the very sensitive areas of police and judicial cooperation. We believe the Member States should be the main drivers of cooperation and collaboration in those areas. And of course they should also have their own fundamental rights watch dogs in place in the Member States." 00:00:25
00:02:47 SOUNDBITE (Dutch) Judith SARGENTINI (Green/EFA, NL) "The Member States don't want anybody else snooping around in the way that they carry out their judicial cooperation and the way they carry out their investigations; What about the European Arrest Warrant, where citizens from one Member State can be moved to another Member State, sometimes under terrible conditions, there are also pre-trial detention situations that can last an extremely long time before being transferred before a judge not really understanding what it is expected from them and what are the suspect accused of." 00:00:37
00:03:24 SOUNDBITE (German) Hubert PIRKER (EPP, AT) "I think the Agency is endangered by real shortfalls in its management." 00:00:10
00:03:34 SOUNDBITE (German) Hubert PIRKER (EPP, AT) "Just look how budget and staff policy developed over time. The budget has gone up by 117% over 4 years, it represents 20 millions by now, between 2009 and 2010 it further raised by 17%, and, even worse, over this 20 millions budget, the 2/3 are devoted to management." 00:00:21
00:03:55 SOUNDBITE (English) Michael CASHMAN (S&D, UK) : "What do we have to fear from being held accountable for our Human Rights records ? What do we have to fear from the promotion and the defence of Human Rights ? People in these galleries (public upstairs, n.d.a) expect that this Union is a Union based on fundamental values. It was born out of the ashes of the WW2, and the determination that we would never see a repeat of minorities being taken away and scape-goated simply because they were different : their Human Rights were trashed. And so let me say to you : excuses about budget, staff, costs, management administration, you know what ? You know the cost of everything and the value of nothing. Human Rights are priceless. And we, on these side of the House, will vote this through, because a negative vote would do the dirty work of those Member States who want to obstruct this agency and do not want to be hold accountable for their Human Rights records. Commissioner, I am with you." 00:01:06
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