Chris Jones

Journalist, researcher, editor and occasional translator based in London.

Common European Asylum System: deadlock in the Council as "frontline" Member States oppose mandatory "border procedures"

"Council discussions on controversial proposals for dealing with asylum applications at the external borders of the EU hit a wall recently, with "a large majority" of Member States who favour tougher measures facing opposition from those on the "frontline". Member States' diplomatic representatives... Read more

EU on the verge of approving giant biometric database for migrants

"The European Union is about to become a lot safer — at least on paper. Lawmakers are set to approve plans for an enormous new database that will collect biometric data on almost all non-EU citizens in Europe’s visa-free Schengen area. The database — merging previously separate systems tracking... Read more

MEPs make last-ditch attempt to halt mandatory fingerprinting of all ID holders

"Last-ditch amendments are being proposed by MEPs to try to prevent the mandatory fingerprinting of every national identity card holder in the EU and the potential construction of national fingerprint databases, before a final vote on a proposed new law in the European Parliament due this Thursday... Read more

EP civil liberties committee against proposal to give Frontex powers to assist non-EU states with deportations

"The European Parliament's civil liberties committee (LIBE) has agreed its position for negotiations with the Council on the new Frontex Regulation, and amongst other things it hopes to deny the border agency the possibility of assisting non-EU states with deportations. The position agreed by the... Read more

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