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Newsroom - March 2012

Joint EU resettlement programme: increasing resettlement of refugees in Europe

The European Parliament adopted today the 'Joint EU Resettlement Programme' presented by the Commission in 2009.

The EU wide resettlement scheme is a considerable step towards concrete engagements and increased cooperation regarding resettlement of refugees to Europe.

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Fight against cybercrime: the Commission proposes to establish a European Cybercrime Centre

The Commission proposed today to establish a European Cybercrime Centre within Europol to become the Union's focal point in the fight against cybercrime. The Centre would pool European cybercrime expertise and training efforts. It would warn EU countries of major cybercrime threats, of new ways to commit online crimes and identify organised cybercrime networks and prominent offenders in cyberspace. The Centre would also be able to respond to queries from cybercrime investigators, prosecutors and judges as well as the private sector on specific technical and forensic issues. It would provide operational support in concrete investigations and help set up cybercrime Joint Investigation Teams.

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New Agency for operational management of large-scale IT systems

The first meeting of the Management Board of the new EU Agency responsible for information systems in the Home Affairs area will take place on tomorrow in Tallinn.

The core mission of the Agency will be to fulfil the operational management tasks for the Visa Information System (VIS), EURODAC and, as from March 2013, the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II). Its main task will be to en­sure that these systems operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information:

  • IP/12/258: Inauguration of the new EU Agency for large-scale IT systems
  • MEMO/12/197: New EU Agency for managing large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice

Cracking down on crime profits

Today the Commission proposed new rules for a more effective and widespread confiscation of funds and other property acquired through crime. The proposal will simplify existing rules and fill important gaps which are exploited by persons belonging to organised.

Facilitating asset confiscation will hamper criminal activities and deter criminality by showing that crime does not pay. It will also protect our economy against criminal infiltration and corruption.

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Cities and the EC discuss migrant integration

The 5th Integrating Cities Conference took place in Amsterdam in March 2012. Cities and the European Commission considered a development of a strategic partnership for integration.

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Commissioner Malmström on the Joint EU resettlement programme

For more information:

  • MEMO/12/168: Statement by EU Commissioner Malmström on the Council adoption of a common position on the Joint EU resettlement programme

The fight against trafficking of firearms stepped up

The new EU legislation on control of export, import and transit of firearms has been adopted today. The legislation makes it harder for arms trafficking to take place.
Illegal firearms' trade generates about US$ 240 million per year globally. This amount reflects only part of the real threat posed by arms trafficking which often involves other serious crimes such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, or corruption.

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  • IP/12/225: Council adopts Commission proposal to combat trafficking of firearms

Stefano Manservisi, Director-General for Home Affairs on the occasion of the International Women's Day

Today, we together commemorate the struggle for women's rights in the economic, social, political and cultural domain and we celebrate some remarkable achievements – an example above all – the three Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. This is also a day where we need to specifically remember women who are victims of crime; women who are trafficked throughout the world; women who migrate in search of a better future; women whose children are abused by criminal networks. We thank women for their efforts to ensure that women and men live in a free, safe and equal world.