Slovenian National Assembly

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation and Training (Europol) and repealing Decisions 2009/371/JHA and 2005/681/JHA

Scrutiny details

Subsidiarity deadline: 25/06/2013
 
Scrutiny Information

Scrutiny date: 07/06/2013

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Information on parliamentary scrutiny

Passed on to the Committee in Internal Affairs, Public Administration and Local Self-Government. The document has been discussed at its 12th meeting of 5 June 2013.

 

And at it's 64th meeting of 7 June 2013 the Committee on EU Affairs of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the following Position:

 

The Republic of Slovenia does not support the text of the Regulation which merges Europol and CEPOL, since the arguments outlined in the explanatory memorandum and the accompanying assessments of the effects did not clearly show any improvement of the functioning and rationalisation of activities of the respective agencies. Merging the agencies may have several negative consequences such as: higher operational costs, less weight assigned to training and limited independence therein in the framework of the merged agency and endangering Europol's basic mission.  The Republic of Slovenia believes that both agencies need to remain independent which may only be achieved by drafting separated legal bases in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty of Lisbon.

 

In addition, the Republic of Slovenia is of the opinion that the definition of the term of office contained in the Proposal for a Regulation is not in line with Article 88(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, defining the Europol's term of office much narrowly than it is envisaged in the Proposal.

 

As regards the proposed data protection, the Republic of Slovenia estimates that it is necessary that conformity with standards, as specified by the general regulation on personal data protection, is ensured in the Proposal for Regulation for which negotiations are still ongoing.  The Republic of Slovenia also has reservations as regards the provisions with which, in the field of personal data protection, the Joint Supervisory Authority is being replaced with the designation of internal data protection officer. The Joint Supervisory Body has been successfully performing its work so far, therefore its abolition is not reasonable.

 

The Republic of Slovenia also has serious reservations about the provisions imposing on Member States to report information to Europol and consequently the role of Europol in the evaluation of this commitment, thus it suggests that alternative solutions for improving the provision of quality information to Europol and increasing the confidence of law enforcement authorities in Europol be considered.

 


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