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

Type: News   Reference: 93379   Duration: 00:02:21  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 24/04/2013   First transmission: 24/04/2013
MEPs of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs voted today on the establishment of "Eurodac" for the comparison of fingerprints. Eurodac is a system that enables EU countries to identify asylum applicants and persons who have been apprehended in connection with an irregular crossing of an external border of the Union. They can compare fingerprints and determine whether the asylum applicant or any other foreigner found illegally present within an EU country has previously claimed asylum in another EU country or whether an asylum applicant entered the Union territory unlawfully. Monica Luisa MACOVEI (EPP, RO) is the rapporteur of this proposal which aims at setting a Central Unit within the Commission, equipped with a computerised central database for comparing fingerprints, and a system for electronic data transmission between EU countries and the database.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the EP, Strasbourg 00:00:05
00:00:10 General views of the meeting room (4 shots) 00:00:23
00:00:33 E- vote results 55 total voters 42 in favour; 8 against; 5 abstention.; proposal is adopted 00:00:02
00:00:35 SOUNDBITE (English) Monica Luisa MACOVEI (EPP, RO), rapporteur "Eurodac was created as an instrument for the policy of asylum. Now we give access in the circumstances I described to law enforcement for serious crimes and terrorism to check." 00:00:22
00:00:57 SOUNDBITE (English) Monica Luisa MACOVEI (EPP, RO), rapporteur "The main point was the access of law enforcement to Eurodac database, but I have to explain what this access means, because it's not like a police officer who seats before the computer and access Eurodac database. It's on a hit or not basis and only in cases of serious crime or terrorism." 00:00:24
00:01:21 SOUNDBITE (English) Monica Luisa MACOVEI (EPP, RO), rapporteur "There are a lot of guarantees that the procedure is followed and there are verifying authorities in each member states. The request addressed to Eurodac fulfils all these requirements and also you have to know that asking Eurodac if it's a hit or not with the fingerprint is the last resort. First, the law enforcement has to do all possible checks." 00:00:24
00:01:45 SOUNDBITE (English) Monica Luisa MACOVEI (EPP, RO), rapporteur In Eurodac we have three categories of fingerprints: first, fingerprints taken from people who are asking for political asylum in one of the European member states. Second category, fingerprints for people caught illegally in a member state, and the third category, people caught crossing illegally the border of a member state. So these three categories are in the Eurodac". 00:00:36
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