Enjoying fundamental rights and respecting the rule of law

We want an EU where citizens enjoy their fundamental rights and where the rule of law is fully respected. Our Working Group on Legal and Home Affairs is focusing on making this happen. It also deals with other major issues such as migration, civil liberties, gender equality and educational, constitutional and legal matters.

Our Group has made extraordinary progress in a number of areas, from securing our borders so Europeans continue to enjoy the four freedoms, to fighting terrorism and fraud, and increasing protection for victims. We pushed for the creation of a European Border and Coast Guard (Frontex), championed electronic checks of all citizens crossing Europe’s external borders, fought for airlines to disclose records of passengers flying into Europe, updated the continent-wide legal framework on terrorism and put an end to elaborate terrorist financing.

Today we are working towards a common European approach on immigration and asylum policy. And with economic growth requiring a legal framework that ensures effective protection of intellectual property rights online as well as offline, the protection of intellectual property rights in the digital era is also high on our agenda.

Committees in this Working Group

Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age

Artificial Intelligence in the digital era We embrace the potential of Artificial Intelligence and...

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Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Protecting rights in and beyond Europe Migration and asylum rules also fall under the remit of this committee. The...

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Constitutional Affairs

Putting citizens’ concerns first The committee also works on improving how European political parties and foundations are regulated. It...

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Culture and Education

Improving European knowledge and culture Its remit is quite wide as it tackles issues related to audiovisual policy, the cultural and...

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Legal Affairs

Safeguarding European law and protecting the rights of Europeans Its other responsibilities include the Statute for Members and Staff Regulations,...

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Improving future legislation On a practical level, it is responsible for processing petitions and also for relations with the European Ombudsman. It also has an...

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Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

Eliminating gender-based discrimination The committee is responsible for defining, promoting and protecting women's...

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Alfredo Sousa De Jesus
Alfredo Sousa De Jesus

Head of Legal and Home Affairs Working Group

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