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Third meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group (JPSG) on Europol

Institutional and Political Issues
Date: Monday, 24 September 2018 15:00 - Tuesday, 25 September 2018 12:30

Venue: Contact Organizer  |  City: Bruxelles

The Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group (JPSG) is a unique form of scrutiny on the functioning of Europol by the European Parliament, together with national Parliaments.

On 11 May 2016, Regulation (EU) 2016/794 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) was adopted. The new regulation empowered Europol and enabled a joint parliamentary scrutiny by the European Parliament together with national Parliaments on it.

According to Article 51 of the Europol Regulation, the JPSG will play an essential role to "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."

The Conference of Speakers, at its meeting on 24 April 2017 agreed that the JPSG will meet twice a year. In the first half of the year, the JPSG is to meet in the Parliament of the country holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union while, in the second half of the year, the JPSG will hold a meeting in the European Parliament.

In line with the Speakers' Conference conclusions, the constituent meeting of the JPSG, took place in the European Parliament on 9 and 10 October 2017, while the second meeting took place on 18 and 19 March 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. At the latter, the Rules of Procedure for the JPSG were adopted.

The tasks and responsibilities of the JPSG as set out in Article 51 of the Regulation (EU) 2016/794, and include inter alia the right to question the Chairperson of the Management Board of Europol, the Executive Director of Europol or their deputies as well as the European Data Protection Supervisor; the right to be consulted in relation to Europol's multiannual programming; the right to request relevant documents necessary to the fulfilment of its tasks; and the right to draw up summary conclusions on the political monitoring of Europol's activities. #EUevents



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  • From Monday, 24 September 2018 15:00 to Tuesday, 25 September 2018 12:30

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