Vote on Establishment of 'Eurodac' for the comparison of fingerprints: - extracts from the vote; - statement by Monica MACOVEI (EPP, RO) rapporteur

Type: News   Reference: 89820   Duration: 00:04:02  Lieu: Commission , Oslo, Norway
End production: 10/12/2012   First transmission: 10/12/2012
Organised crime networks from third countries seek to abuse the asylum system to bring criminal members of a network into an EU Member State as contacts for their criminal business. Once within the territory of an EU Member State, these members of the organised crime network ask for asylum with false identities in order to get a legitimate stay in the EU without any criminal record. Moreover, information provided by Europol suggests that human traffickers also seek to abuse the asylum system by requesting asylum alleging a false country of origin. With these concerns in mind, EP Rapporteur welcomes the possibility for Member States' designated authorities and the European Police Office (Europol) to request the comparison of fingerprint data -on a hit/no hit basis- with those stored in the EURODAC database for the fight against terrorist offences and other serious criminal offences. The Rapporteur Monica MACOVEI (EPP, RO) believes that providing for the law enforcement access to EURODAC is a significant step forward from the last proposal, capable of preventing the type of situations described above while being accompanied by the necessary safeguards.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the EP, Brussels 00:00:05
00:00:10 Monica MACOVEI entering the meeting room; (3 shots) 00:00:18
00:00:28 Views in the meeting room during the vote (9 shots) 00:00:27
00:00:55 Vote result: adopted 41 in favour; 11 against; 4 adopted; put of 56 voters members in the committee (4 shots) 00:00:18
00:01:13 SOUNDBITE (English) Monica MACOVEI (EPP, RO) rapporteur : Eurodac is a data base in the EU where fingerprints are collected for 3 categories of people: - those people from third countries whom asked for international protection, as we call asylum seekers - those people from third countries whom are quoted illegally on the territory of a member state. - those people whom are find while crossing illegally the border of the EU. So for those three categories of people fingerprint are collected in the member states where they are quoted, or they are asking for asylum , and than are send to Eurodac. 00:00:54
00:02:07 cutaways (2 shots) 00:00:10
00:02:17 SOUNDBITE (English) Monica MACOVEI (EPP, RO) rapporteur The access of law enforcement to Eurodac database on a hit or not bases, "yes or no" hit bases, in cases of terrorism or serious crimes. I will give you an example: let say that there is an act of terrorism or a murder in one of the member states. he law enforcement, the police, is collecting fingerprints of the crime scene, they compare with the fingerprint they have in their national data base. If they do not find any match that they ask bilaterally some member states, based on an other system, and if there is again no math, than they can ask Eurodac database in the following way: sending the fingerprint collected at the crime scene to Eurodac and asking do you have a "hit or no" do you have this fingerprint in you data base, or no? If the answer is yes from Eurodac , than you are not told the name of the person, but you are told the country where that person was quote illegally for instance, and than you go to that country and work bilaterally and get the information of the person trying to find a perpetrator, or a witness, or a victim - you don't know - of a terrorism crime, or of a serious crime". 00:01:28
00:03:45 SOUNDBITE (English) Monica MACOVEI (EPP, RO) rapporteur "The guarantees for data protection are here ; for instance you are not allowed to send to third countries this information about these people, could be asylum seeker who's live could be in danger". 00:00:12
00:03:57 Cutaway 00:00:05
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