Europol, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, is an organisation that was founded to support the cooperation of law enforcement agencies in the European Union. In order to monitor Europol’s activities, national parliaments of Member States and the European Parliament will set up a specialised Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group (JPSG).
Each national parliament will appoint up to four members and the European Parliament up to 16 members to the JPSG. If possible, the members of the JPSG will belong to the group for the whole term of their parliamentary mandate. The JPSG will meet twice a year: the first meeting (during the first half of the year) will take place in the country holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the second meeting (during the second half of the year) will be held at the European Parliament. The meetings will be chaired by the representative of the presidency parliament and the representative of the European Parliament.
The Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol’s activities will meet for the first time in the second half of 2017 in Brussels. Thus the first meeting will take place during the Estonian Presidency, and it will be organised by the Riigikogu in cooperation with the European Parliament.
The Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group:
- shall politically monitor Europol’s activities in fulfilling its mission (including as regards the impact of those activities on the fundamental rights and freedoms of natural persons);
- shall discuss at its meetings the budgetary aspects of Europol’s activities, the structural organisation of Europol and the potential establishment of new units and specialised centres;
- shall at least once a year, discuss general matters relating to the activities of Europol (protection of fundamental rights and freedoms of natural persons, in particular the protection of personal data);
- may draw up summary conclusions on the political monitoring of Europol’s activities and submit those conclusions to the European Parliament and national parliaments.
In addition, the JPSG will be consulted on the document containing the multiannual programming of Europol, which is adopted by the Europol Management Board.
First meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol
15.00 - 15.20
Opening remarks by the Co-Chairs
- Claude MORAES, Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
- Raivo AEG, Legal Affairs Committee, Chair of the delegation of the Parliament of Estonia to the JPSG
15.20 - 16.00
Key note speeches by
- Mairead MCGUINNESS, Vice-President of the European Parliament (video message)
- Andres ANVELT, Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Estonia
- Julian KING, European Commissioner for Security Union (video message)
16.00 - 17.30
Implementing Article 51 of the Europol Regulation
- Introductory remarks by Agustín DÍAZ DE MERA GARCÍA CONSUEGRA, EP Rapporteur on the Europol Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/794)
- Exchange of views with Priit PÄRKNA, Chairperson of Europol Management Board and Giovanni BUTTARELLI, European Data Protection Supervisor
17.30 - 18.30
JPSG Rules of Procedure: presentation of draft by the Co-Chairs and exchange of views
19.00 - 20.00
9.00 - 10.15
The EU policy cycle 2014-2017 and 2018-2021
EU’s priorities for the fight against organised and serious international crime: presentation by Erkki KOORT, Chair of the Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security, European Council and Olivier ONIDI, Deputy Director General for Security, DG HOME, European Commission, and exchange of views.
10.15 - 11.00
Europol Multiannual Programming: presentation by Rob WAINWRIGHT, Europol Executive Director, and exchange of views
11.00 - 12.30
JPSG Rules of Procedure: exchange ofviews and adoption
European Parliament, Brussels