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Spain: repressive laws that also concern Europe

26 November 2014 – On 17 October, Members of Parliament from the People’s Party, party in government in Spain, have adopted the draft Organic Law on the Protection of Citizen’s Security and have rejected all the amendments presented by the various opposition parties. The law was adopted yesterday by the Internal Affairs Committee and will be passed in plenary session in Congress mid-December and its entry into force is planned by the end of the year.

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ECtHR judgment concerning the return of an Afghan family of asylum seekers to Italy under the Dublin Regulation

4 November 2014 – In a judgment delivered in the case Tarakhel versus Switzerland (case no. 29217/12) concerning an Afghan family of asylum seekers to Italy under the Dublin Regulation, the ECtHR considered that given “the current situation as regards the reception system in Italy” and “in the absence of detailed and reliable information concerning the specific facility, the physical reception conditions and the preservation of the family unit, […] the Swiss authorities do not possess sufficient assurances that, if returned to Italy, the applicants would be taken charge of in a manner adapted to the age of the children”.

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Launch of the joint operation Triton

1 November 2014 – The Frontex joint operation Triton has started its activities with the participation of 21 Member States and Schengen Associated Countries. Its cost is estimated at 2.9 Million euros per month. Even though this operation is not destined to replace the Italian rescue operation Mare Nostrum, the European Commission estimates that it should help Members States to comply with their obligation to assist persons in distress.

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Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) concerning collective expulsion of migrants under the Dublin Regulation

21 October 2014 – In a judgment delivered in the case Sharifi and Others versus Italy and Greece (application no. 16643/09), the ECtHR sentenced Italy for having expulsed collectively to Greece third country nationals who had come illegally from Greece and for having exposed them to a risk of deportation to their country of origin, where they faced the risk of being subjected to inhuman or degrading treatments.

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