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Other Acts P6_TA-PROV (2010) 0481 (15/12/2010)

Type: Acts of the European Union: European Parliament resolution on the Communication from the Commission on the Commission Work Programme 2011

Authority: European Authorities - European Union: European Parliament

Date: 12/15/2010

Subject: The European Parliament, after having invited the Commission to complete the reform on financial regulation and to present a comprehensive action plan on a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, is deeply concerned that there are no concrete proposals on fundamental rights or the horizontal Non-Discrimination Directive, and that the issue of non-discrimination is not even mentioned; it calls on the Commission to act swiftly to unblock the Non-Discrimination Directive; it calls for a proposal for a Communication on enhanced intra-EU solidarity in the field of asylum, but regrets the absence of legislative proposals on asylum, bearing in mind that the Union should have a common asylum policy in place by 2012; it calls for proposals on migration and it recalls that the correct functioning of the proposed Entry/Exit System will depend on the success of VIS and SIS II, although SIS II is not yet fully operational; it emphasises that, in the fight against terrorism and organised crime, the rights and freedoms of EU citizens should be fully respected and that data protection and the right to legal redress are essential in creating a credible and effective security policy; it welcomes the proposal on the rights of victims of crime and, above all, on the right to legal assistance and legal aid, but it regrets that this is the only measure foreseen; it calls for a clear timetable for the remaining measures of the procedural rights roadmap; it welcomes the launch in 2011 of a new comprehensive legal framework for the protection of personal data in the EU. The European Parliament supports initiatives aimed at reconciling work and family life inter alia through measures on minimum parental leave and the promotion of flexible working arrangements for women and men, as well as help for carers to combine employment with caring responsibilities; it regrets the delay in the Commission's putting forward legislative proposals in the area of the ‘Lisbonisation’ of the current acquis in police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, which is a Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs priority.

Classification: Freedoms - Art. 8 Personal data: fairly processing - Personal data: consent - Personal data: access - Personal data: rectification - Personal data: independent authority - Art. 18 Right to asylum - Equality - Art. 21 Non discrimination - Solidarity - Art. 33 Family protection - Parental leave - Justice - Art. 47 Justice: remedy - Justice: effective - Legal aid

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Notices: The European Parliament underlines the need for an ambitious fundamental rights policy, following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, and the need to make the fundamental rights provided for in the Charter as effective as possible; asks the Commission to ensure the compatibility of each legal initiative with fundamental rights as well as guarantee that Member States respect the Charter when implementing EU law; calls for the strengthening of capabilities for monitoring, and applying the treaty mechanisms against, violations of the Charter of Fundamental Rights.