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Speech during Joint Debate on the Data Protection Package

Data is the lifeblood of the global economy. New Data Protection legislation has thankfully ended up with far more sensible and workable ideas related to consent, fines, notification periods, scientific research, direct marketing and legitimate interests, and derogations for small and medium-sized businesses.

Speech on the Passenger Name Records Directive

The Passenger Name Records (PNR) Directive is an example of where we need more European cooperation, where we can pull together to protect our citizens against people who do not respect any legal boundaries or the rule of law. I ask the Parliament and its Members at the vote tomorrow to make a responsible decision, to restore some trust in our institutions by making the right decision.

Take the EU-Turkey migration deal back to the drawing board, EU leaders urged

This week EU leaders will meet to finalise an agreement with Turkey aimed at stemming the flow of migrants along the Balkan route. European Conservatives and Reformists group home affairs spokesman Timothy Kirkhope MEP has written to all 28 EU leaders and the Presidents of the European Council and Commission urging a rethink of the agreement.

Commission report on migration shows progress

Today the European Commission released its report on the implementation of the priority actions under the European Agenda for Migration for Italy, Greece and the Western Balkans as well a report on the implementation of the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan. The commission also took a series of infringement decisions and held discussions on the management of the Schengen Border, ahead of next week’s European Council meeting.