EU bulletin 16th December 2015 Protecting personal information, work-life balance

December 16, 2015 10:46 AM

Biometric data of all EU nationals will be cross-checked with police and security databases upon entering or exiting the EU in a wider effort to crack down on people who travel to Syria and fight alongside jihadists, EUobserver reports. The European Commission issued the proposal on Wednesday (15 December) as part of a larger package on borders as the EU attempts to guarantee the future of the passport-free Schengen zone. See the full report here: https://euobserver.com/justice/131539

Dissenting EU states may end up in court or face as-of-yet undefined sanctions if they refuse to let the European Commission dispatch guards to their national borders, EUobserver reports. The threat is part of a bill on a European border and coast guard system unveiled on Tuesday (15 December) which says EU guards can be deployed on the bloc's external frontiers without the consent of the host state if need be. The new border bill still needs to go through normal legislative procedures at the European Parliament and the Council, representing member states. See the full report here: https://euobserver.com/justice/131530

Members of the European Parliament and national governments agreed on Tuesday (15 December) how to best protect European citizens' personal information online, EUobserver reports. Europeans will have the right to object to being targeted by online advertisers, to carry their data from one service to another, and to have personal data deleted if they want to. See the full report here: https://euobserver.com/connected/131538 There is a separate report on the same topic in Politico here: http://www.politico.eu/article/deal-data-protection-laws-parliament-privacy-tech-digital/

The Commission has published a roadmap setting out legislative and non-legislative options to address the challenges of work-life balance faced by working families. See it here: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/gender-equality/economic-independence/economic-growth/index_en.htm

Courtesy of European Movement in North East