European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

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The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) is a standing committee of the European Parliament that is responsible for protecting civil liberties and human rights, including those of minorities, as listed in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

Its current chair, elected on 7 July 2014, is Claude Moraes, a British Indian Labour MEP.[1]

Responsibilities[edit]

Specifically, the committee deals with data protection issues; asylum, migration, and "integrated management of the common borders"; and the EU approach to criminal law", including police and judicial cooperation and terrorism, all while ensuring that the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality are respected.[2] Additionally, it oversees several agencies of the European Union, including the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Europol, Eurojust, the European Police College (Cepol), the European Public Prosecutor’s Office and other such agencies.[2]

However, its purview does not include gender-based discrimination, which is overseen by the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, and employment discrimination, which is overseen by the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.[3]

Controversy[edit]

Udo Voigt, the former leader of the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) who has praised Adolf Hitler, joined the committee as a non-attached member in July 2014,[4] sparking outrage from European Parliament President Martin Schulz, the European Jewish Congress, and the European Network Against Racism, among others. Jan Philipp Albrecht, a German Green Party member and vice chair of the committee, expressed doubt about Voigt's ability to significantly influence the legislative process, but he did concede that "his presence could lead the public to question the European Parliament".[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] European Parliament press release 2014-07-07
  2. ^ a b "Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (under "Presentation and responsibilities")". European Parliament. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Committee on Employment and Social Affairs". European Parliament. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Members". European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Crisp, James (17 July 2014). "Neo-Nazi takes seat on Parliament Civil Liberties Committee, Schulz furious (updated)". EurActiv. 

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