|Commission publishes priorities for 2021
Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has published her work programme for 2021 (link). There were few surprises from the 44 new initiatives set out in the work programme, which moves from ‘strategy to delivery’. The Commission maintains focus on its twin priorities of the digital and green transitions, which it sees as central to Europe’s economic recovery from the coronavirus. Proposals include:- A new strategic framework on health and safety at work to be published next year
– Continued work on migration and asylum following the publication of proposals in September
– Continued work on proposals included in the Security Union Strategy
– A new proposal to combat gender-based violence
The ETUC has welcomed the work programme, but has also highlighted important omissions including no reference to legislation on minimum income schemes (link). The European Commission is expected to publish a proposal on a fair minimum wage on 28 October.
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|MEPs discuss police brutality
Members of the European Parliament held a debate on EU police brutality during this week’s plenary session. The topic was brought onto the agenda by the European United Left–Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) group. The session was opened and closed by the German Presidency and Commissioner Johansson representing the European Commission (See Commissioner Johansson’s speech here). A key cause for this debate was the surfacing of a case of police brutality in Belgium in August. Although there were some members that had strong views against European police officers, the consensus was that law enforcement is a necessary and valued part of European society, yet more effective oversight is needed in some instances.European Parliament adopts reports on AI
As the Commission prepares to publish a new legislative framework on Artificial Intelligence, the European Parliament this week adopted reports on an ethical framework for AI, a clear civil liability framework and the relationship between AI and intellectual property rights. The Parliament’s Civil
Liberties Committe is also working on a report on AI in criminal law and its use by the police (link).
|· Germany: Federal police to check adherence to coronavirus rules (link)
· Latvia: New chief of State Police to rotate highest ranking officials (link)
· UK: Police ‘unable to cope’ if no-deal Brexit stops EU data sharing (link)
|Council of Europe proposes to set up high-level network of police forces
A permanent high-level network of the police forces of the 47 Council of Europe member states was proposed at a conference on the role of police on 20-21 October (link). Issues discussed at the conference included recruitment, training and the role of women in the police. The proposed network would increase the exchange of best practice and improve cooperation at European level.Council of Europe adopts recommendation on the use of AI in policing
Ministers should take into account the potential impact on human rights of the use of AI in police and criminal justice systems when developing a European legal framework, according to a Recommendation adopted by the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly on 22 October (link). This reflects discussions in the European Parliament, which this week adopted several reports on AI (link). The European Commission will propose EU legislation early next year.
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