31 March 2016 – The difficulty with which the relocation mechanism had been obtained in September 2015 already illustrated the lack of voluntarism of the 26 partners of Greece and Italy to confront, in a quick, coordinated and solidarity-based manner, the “refugee crisis”. As times goes by however, the state of play published by the Commission shows that it is far from being the case. Despite this failure, the Commission wants to recycle the Member States relocations committments in the EU deal with Turkey.
31 March 2016 – Meanwhile, the persons seeking international protection are presenting their demands to national administrations. If one analyses the latest Eurostat statistics for the year 2015 as well as the infringement proceedings launched by the European Commission, it is easy to realize that their chances to be heard are very unequal!
31 March 2016 – At the beginning of the year, the European Commissioner D. Avramopoulos claimed that Europe was currently “at a crossroads” and that it would know how to face the future with “boldness”. Instead of boldness, the whole set of measures that the European Union and its member states have implemented in these first months of 2016 is indeed a challenge for human understanding. As the UN special rapporteur for the human rights of migrants François Crépeau did not hesitate to put it: the EU’s image is starting to become « scary » … and this was said even before the deal of shame signed with Turkey on 18 March!
31 March 2016 – “I will want to develop a European pillar of social rights, which takes account of the changing realities of Europe’s societies and the world of work. And which can serve as a compass for the renewed convergence within the euro area”, said President Juncker in his speech on the State of the Union on 9 September 2015. On 8 March, the Commission presented a draft of the pillar and launched a wide public consultation. Would the stated goals of harmonisation upwards and fairness not be only fine words?
29 March 2016 – Following their extraordinary meeting on 24 March, Justice and Home Affairs Ministers of the 28 Member States have failed in delivering solutions able to tackle the true challenges of terrorism. Even worst, the second priority mentioned in their statement, i.e. the adoption of the PNR directive in April – described as a magic remedy –, has no direct link with the tragic events that happened in Brussels on 22 March.
22 March 2016 – On 29 February 2016, the European Commission published the new legal framework for transatlantic data transfers: the “Privacy Shield”. Aiming at replacing the former “Safe Harbor” that was declared invalid by the Court of Justice in October 2015, the “Privacy Shield” still contains many breaches. Data protection authorities will issue an opinion on 13 April. AEDH hopes that the fundamental right to data protection will not be sacrificed on the “altar of pragmatism”.
31 March 2016 – On 8 March, the European Commission presented a proposal for reform of the EU Posting of Workers Directive in accordance with its aim to facilitate labour mobility within the European Union. However, we are still way behind the “clear, fair and easy to enforce” legal framework for posting the Commission promised.
22 mars 2016 – Le 29 février dernier, la Commission européenne a publié le nouveau cadre juridique pour les transferts transatlantiques de données : le « Privacy Shield », ou « bouclier vie privée UE-États-Unis ». Censé remplacer le « Safe Harbor » invalidé par la Cour de Justice en octobre 2015, le « Privacy Shield » présente encore de nombreuses failles. Les autorités de protection des données doivent rendre un avis le 13 avril prochain. L’Association européenne de défense des droits de l’Homme souhaite que le droit fondamental à la protection de nos données personnelles ne soit pas sacrifié sur « l’autel du pragmatisme ».
23 March 2016 – AEDH has been invited to answer to the European Asylum Support Office (EASO)’s call for inputs on its Draft work program for 2017. In its contribution, AEDH provided general and national observations, comments and inputs in order to develop its Work Program 2017.
At a further summit meeting in Brussels on the 17 and 18 March, the EU and Turkey will adopt an agreement intended to resolve what is wrongly described as the ‘migrant crisis’. This is a plan above all that will allow the European Union to push refugees back beyond EU borders, and to subcontract its obligations to Turkey. Thus will members states flee their responsibilities in defiance of the right to asylum.