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EU: Court annuls asset freeze on Iran group listed as terrorist organization

On 12 December, the Court of First Instance annulled a decision by the EU Council to freeze the assets of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), listed by the EU as a terrorist organization. The Court found that the decision to freeze the group’s assets was made without giving PMOI a fair hearing and […]

EU: SWIFT in violation of EU data protection laws

The “Article 29 Data Protection Working Party”, an EU agency made up of data protection supervisors from the 25 member states, found that the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) violated EU data protection laws by giving US authorities access to millions of private financial transactions contained in its database. This follows the domestic […]

EU: New agreement reached with the United States on air passenger data exchange

On 16 October, the Council of the European Union (EU) adopted a decision on an interim agreement with the US to continue transferring airline passenger data to the US administration. This follows a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Communities in May, which annulled the EU Council decision approving the 2004 Agreement […]

EU: Parliament releases interim report on secret detentions and renditions in Europe

On 28 November, the European Parliament’s “Temporary Committee on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners” released its interim report. The Committee concluded that most European countries were aware of the existence of CIA secret prisons or the use of European territories for the transfer […]

European Union: Court of First Instance rules on asset freeze

On 12 July, the European Court of First Instance ruled in two cases that the European Community legal order guaranteed the right of individuals subjected to financial sanctions by the Security Council Sanctions Committee to request review of their case through the government of their country of origin or of residence. In the event of […]

European Union: Parliament condemns CIA extraordinary renditions

On 6 July, the European Parliament endorsed in a resolution the interim report of the “Temporary Committee inquiring into alleged secret detention and rendition by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Europe”. The report found the CIA directly responsible for the “illegal seizure, removal, abduction and detention of terrorist suspects” in Europe. The Parliament also […]