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2018/0813(CNS) Agreement on cooperation between Eurojust and Georgia

Progress: Procedure completed, awaiting publication in Official Journal

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead LIBE KAUFMANN Sylvia-Yvonne (icon: S&D S&D) ŠTĚTINA Jaromír (icon: PPE PPE), GRIESBECK Nathalie (icon: ALDE ALDE), CHRYSOGONOS Kostas (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), JOLY Eva (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE)
Committee Opinion JURI BERGERON Joëlle (icon: EFDD EFDD)
Lead committee dossier:

Events

2019/03/04
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
2019/03/04
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2019/02/14
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 555 votes to 20, with 29 abstentions, following the consultation procedure, a legislative resolution on the draft Council implementing decision approving the conclusion by Eurojust of the Agreement on cooperation between Eurojust and Georgia.

The European Parliament approved the Council's draft.

Documents
2019/02/06
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted, following the consultation procedure, the report by Sylvia-Yvonne KAUFMANN (S&D, DE) on the draft Council implementing decision approving the conclusion by Eurojust of the agreement on cooperation between Eurojust and Georgia.

The committee responsible recommended that the European Parliament approve the Council's draft.

The Eurojust-Georgia Cooperation agreement follows the model of similar agreements concluded by Eurojust in the past (for example, Eurojust-FYROM, Eurojust-US, Eurojust-Norway, Eurojust-Switzerland, and most recently Eurojust-Albania). The purpose of such agreements is to foster cooperation as regards combating serious crime, especially organised crime and terrorism.

They provide, inter alia , for liaison officers, contact points and exchange of information. Such cooperation agreements are based on Article 26a(2) of the Council Decision 2002/187/JHA of 28 February 2002 setting up Eurojust with a view to reinforcing the fight against serious crime.

The explanatory memorandum accompanying the report recalled that the European Commission stated, in its Visa Suspension Mechanism Report, that organised criminal groups from Georgia are still reported as one of the most frequently represented non-EU nationalities involved in serious and organised crime in the EU. Georgian OCGs are highly mobile, are mainly involved in organised property crime (particularly organised burglaries and thefts) and especially active in France, Greece, Germany, Italy and Spain. Georgia remains a transit country for various illicit commodities trafficked to the EU, in particular drugs.

Georgia ratified in 2005 the Council of Europe Convention of 28 January 1981 as well as in 2014 its Additional protocol.

On 19 April 2018, the Joint Supervisory Body of Eurojust gave a positive opinion on the provisions of the Agreement concerning data protection. However, it stated that Article 17 (Data Security) of the draft agreement does not foresee the communication of personal data breaches between the parties. Therefore, the JSB recommends Eurojust to consider this element in the framework of the regular consultation meetings with Georgian counterparts as foreseen by Article 20 of the draft agreement, especially taking into account the relevant provisions in the Police Directive. Furthermore, the JSB invites Eurojust to include such provision in future cooperation agreements with third parties and states.

Such a statement is supported by the rapporteur.

Documents
2019/02/04
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2019/01/30
   EP - Specific opinion
Documents
2019/01/18
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2019/01/07
   EP - KAUFMANN Sylvia-Yvonne (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in LIBE
2018/12/06
   EP - BERGERON Joëlle (EFDD) appointed as rapporteur in JURI
2018/11/28
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2018/11/09
   CSL - Document attached to the procedure
Documents
2018/11/09
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to approve the conclusion by Eurojust of the Agreement on cooperation between Eurojust and Georgia.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council adopts the act after consulting the European Parliament but without being required to follow its opinion.

BACKGROUND: Decision 2002/187/JHA provides that Eurojust may conclude agreements with third countries and organisations. Such agreements may cover the exchange of information, including personal data, and the secondment of liaison officers or magistrates to Eurojust. Such agreements may be concluded only after consultation by Eurojust of the Joint Supervisory Body with regard to the provisions on data protection and after approval by the Council.

To strengthen its capacity to work with Georgia, Eurojust has negotiated an agreement on cooperation between Eurojust and Georgia.

Georgia has ratified the Council of Europe Convention and the Additional Protocol regarding supervisory authorities and transborder data flows. The Joint Supervisory Body of Eurojust has delivered a positive opinion on the data protection provisions of the Agreement. The agreement was approved by the College of Eurojust on 20 September 2018.

CONTENT: by virtue of this draft Council Implementing Decision, Eurojust would be authorised to conclude the Agreement on cooperation between Eurojust and Georgia .

The agreement includes provisions on the exchange of personal data.

Denmark, the United Kingdom and Ireland are participating in the adoption and implementation of the Decision.

Documents

Documents

Votes

A8-0065/2019 - Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann - Vote unique 14/02/2019 12:07:03.000

2019/02/14 Outcome: +: 555, -: 29, 0: 20
DE FR IT PL ES GB RO AT CZ BE BG NL SE FI PT SK HU EL HR DK SI LT LV IE LU MT EE CY
Total
79
65
54
45
42
55
24
18
18
16
14
25
12
12
18
12
13
16
10
11
8
7
7
7
5
5
4
2
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172

United Kingdom PPE

2

Belgium PPE

For (1)

1

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Ireland PPE

3

Luxembourg PPE

2

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1
icon: S&D S&D
144

Czechia S&D

3

Bulgaria S&D

2

Netherlands S&D

3

Hungary S&D

2

Croatia S&D

2

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Lithuania S&D

1

Latvia S&D

1

Ireland S&D

For (1)

1

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Malta S&D

2

Cyprus S&D

For (1)

1
icon: ALDE ALDE
59

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Romania ALDE

For (1)

1

Austria ALDE

For (1)

1

Sweden ALDE

2

Portugal ALDE

1

Croatia ALDE

2

Denmark ALDE

1

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

Lithuania ALDE

2

Latvia ALDE

1

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

2
icon: ECR ECR
60

Romania ECR

For (1)

1

Czechia ECR

2

Bulgaria ECR

1

Netherlands ECR

2
2

Greece ECR

Against (1)

1

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

1

Latvia ECR

For (1)

1
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
44

Italy Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

4

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Hungary Verts/ALE

2

Croatia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Denmark Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: ENF ENF
34

Germany ENF

For (1)

1

Poland ENF

Abstain (1)

1

United Kingdom ENF

3

Belgium ENF

For (1)

1

Netherlands ENF

4
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
40

Italy GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

2

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Czechia GUE/NGL

2

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Portugal GUE/NGL

For (1)

4

Denmark GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Ireland GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

2

Cyprus GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1
icon: NI NI
17

Germany NI

2

France NI

2

Italy NI

For (1)

1

United Kingdom NI

For (1)

Against (1)

2

Hungary NI

For (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Denmark NI

1
icon: EFDD EFDD
34

Germany EFDD

For (1)

1

Poland EFDD

1

Czechia EFDD

Against (1)

1

Lithuania EFDD

For (1)

1

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  • PURPOSE: to approve the conclusion by Eurojust of the Agreement on cooperation between Eurojust and Georgia.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council adopts the act after consulting the European Parliament but without being required to follow its opinion.

    BACKGROUND: Decision 2002/187/JHA provides that Eurojust may conclude agreements with third countries and organisations. Such agreements may cover the exchange of information, including personal data, and the secondment of liaison officers or magistrates to Eurojust. Such agreements may be concluded only after consultation by Eurojust of the Joint Supervisory Body with regard to the provisions on data protection and after approval by the Council.

    To strengthen its capacity to work with Georgia, Eurojust has negotiated an agreement on cooperation between Eurojust and Georgia.

    Georgia has ratified the Council of Europe Convention and the Additional Protocol regarding supervisory authorities and transborder data flows. The Joint Supervisory Body of Eurojust has delivered a positive opinion on the data protection provisions of the Agreement.  The agreement was approved by the College of Eurojust on 20 September 2018.

    CONTENT: by virtue of this draft Council Implementing Decision, Eurojust would be authorised to conclude the Agreement on cooperation between Eurojust and Georgia.

    The agreement includes provisions on the exchange of personal data.

    Denmark, the United Kingdom and Ireland are participating in the adoption and implementation of the Decision.

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