In the last last decade, justice has been neglected in favour of security, but the Lisbon Treaty now allows a balance to be struck, Commissioner-designate for Justice, Fundamental rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding told the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Legal affairs and Women's committees.
Members of the three committees questioned Mrs Reding on the actions she would take as Commissioner to reinforce data protection and privacy, enhance copyright protection, and facilitate cross-border divorce cases, but also in the field of the protection of minorities, children's rights, mutual recognition of legal acts, and discrimination against women.
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In the chair : Juan Fernando LÓPEZ AGUILAR (S&D, ES)
Klaus-Heiner LEHNE (EPP, DE)
Eva-Britt SVENSSON (GUE/NGL, SE)