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Use of body scanners at airports must not intrude on passenger's privacy or dignity

Distribution: immediate – 24/05/2011 

 
Today the European Parliament's Transport Committee voted on the controversial issue of using "body scanners" for aviation security. Ever since they were first tested in certain Member States, ALDE expressed doubts over their real effectiveness in the fight against terrorism and their respect to fundamental rights and freedom.

"If we have to yield to the evidence that certain Member States already introduced body scanners we will make sure that their use is regulated by common EU rules and subjected to clear and stringent conditions to ensure passenger health, personal data as well as the individual dignity and privacy of passengers." stated ALDE coordinator and spokesperson on the issue, Gesine Meissner (FDP, Germany).

"Passengers must be given the choice to refuse to undergo this check, in favour of an alternative. We also insist that only representative images of the human body be used instead of actual profiles to avoid erosion of personal privacy, since the scope of the scanning process is only to detect prohibited objects."

"We regret that the two largest groups succeeded in changing the wording "body scanners" into "security scanners" continued Ms Meissner, who concluded: "We need to call things by their name. Changing "body" into "security" does not make it less intrusive."

Sophie In't Veld (D66, Netherland) ALDE spokesperson on body scanners in the Civil Liberties Committee is insisting that body scanner images are not stored:

"It is important that data obtained from body scanners is not stored. Operators who misuse or hold onto the data should face appropriate sanctions."

"Furthermore the travelling public has the right to know where these scanners are installed, especially if they are placed in locations other than airports."

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L'utilisation de scanners corporels dans les aéroports ne doit pas s'immiscer dans la vie du passager ou dans sa dignité
 
La commission des Transports du Parlement européen s'est prononcée  aujourd'hui sur la question controversée de l'utilisation de "scanners corporels" dans le cadre des mesures de sûreté aérienne. Dès l'origine et les premiers tests dans les aéroports européens, l'ADLE a exprimé des doutes sur leur efficacité réelle dans la lutte contre le terrorisme et le respect des droits fondamentaux et de la liberté.

"Si nous devons nous rendre à l'évidence que certains États membres utilisent déjà des scanners corporels, nous devons veiller à ce que leur emploi soit réglementé par des règles communes européennes et soumis à des conditions claires et strictes afin de garantir la santé des passagers, la confidentialité des données personnelles ainsi que la dignité de la personne et la vie privée des passagers," a déclaré  Gesine MEISSNER (FDP, Allemagne) coordinatrice de l'ADLE et porte-parole sur la question.

"Les passagers doivent avoir le choix de refuser de se soumettre à cette vérification et de choisir une alternative. Nous insistons également pour que des images représentatives du corps humain soient utilisées à la place des profils réels afin d'éviter la dégradation de la vie privée, puisque le champ d'application du processus de numérisation ne vise qu'à détecter les objets interdits."

"Nous regrettons que les deux plus grands groupes aient réussi à remplacer  le libellé" scanners corporels " par " scanners de sécurité », a poursuivi Mme Meissner, qui a conclu:« Nous devons appeler les choses par leur nom. Modifier le mot  "corporel" par "sécurité"  n'en rend pas moins intrusive cette technologie. "

Sophie IN'T VELD (D66, Pays-Bas), vice-présidente de la commission des Libertés civiles, insiste pour que les images des scanners corporels ne soient pas stockées:

"Il est important que les données obtenues à partir de scanners corporels ne soient pas stockées. Les opérateurs qui abusent ou conservent les données devraient faire face à des sanctions appropriées."

"Par ailleurs, les voyageurs ont le droit de savoir où ces scanners sont installés, surtout si ils sont placés dans d'autres endroits que les aéroports."

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     Visas for Non EU citizens Purchasing Property in Cyprus

Buying your Dream Home in Cyprus is the Key to EU Residency

Enjoy Permanent Residency in an EU country when you buy your dream home in Cyprus. Fulfilling your dream of an EU lifestyle has just been made possible by the Cyprus Government, which has recently announced that non-EU citizens making a minimum investment of € 300,000 in property on the island, subject to certain requirements, will be granted permanent residency through a special immigration visa. Quite simply, this means you will be able to enjoy the same advantages as everyone else in Cyprus without having to apply for any permits or renewals.

There are some conditions to this scheme and full advice should be sought.  For example:

The €300,000 must be invested in a single property, not several smaller properties

If the property is to be rented-out, it must be for long term rental contracts, i.e. of a year or more, rather than for weekly rentals.

One of the advantages is that if you have children under the age of 18 they too will be entitled to residency.

Note that there are costs associated with buying property in Cyprus but they are low compared with many other countries.  Furthermore, you will be required to supply a set of documentation.  Please contact us for further information.

Cyprus is already renowned as the perfect place to live with its almost year-round sunshine, a relaxed, stress-free lifestyle and a very low crime rate. Cyprus offers an ideal family environment, with your children able to benefit from excellent schools and universities, while healthcare and infrastructure are all state-of-the-art. The island also enjoys a favourable reputation as in International business centre & gateway to the EU. Many international companies operate offices in Cyprus. Opening a company couldn’t be easier with low personal & business taxation plus the added benefit of tax treaties with numerous other countries.

For more information about Non EU citizens purchasing a property in Cyprus, please feel free to Contact Us or click the orange button on the right.

The rules for EU personal seeking residence in Cyprus are summarised as follows:

Any national from one of the EU Member States has the right to free movement.  In other words he or she may enter Cyprus if he possesses a valid EU passport or ID Card.  This furthermore entitles him to enter without the need to register upon arrival and to remain in Cyprus for up to three months.

If he intends staying for longer than three months and / or wishes to gain employment the person must:

Apply for an Alien Registration Certificate within eight days of arrival.  This is available at the Police – Immigration Branch.  There is a fee.

Apply for a social insurance (security) number.  This is required for employment.

Apply for a residence permit.  The residence permit application must be submitted to the Civil Registration and Migration Department within the initial three month period.  Failure to do so will result in a fine.  The applicant will need two documents when applying: a valid passport or ID card; and a Document of Engagement of Employment which must display the economic activity code and be stamped by the Labour Department.  There is a fee payable for this application.

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Cyprus Property sales begin to grow

Sales to overseas purchasers up 19 per cent in April 2011
 

Sales of property to foreign buyers in Cyprus rose by 19 per cent in April due to new property laws and improving buyer confidence in the country. Sales to overseas purchasers have risen across the first quarter of 2011 and the country's property market finally looks set to emerge from a challenging period.

 
Evidence from the Cypriot Department of Land and Surveys show that a total of 151 contracts were officially deposited by overseas buyers in April 2011 compared to 127 in April 2010.
 
The data showed that the resort of Famagusta fared particularly well with sales to foreign buyers during the month growing by 175 per cent.
 
Total sales to foreign buyers in Cyprus have increased by over 16 per cent year on year in the first quarter of 2011.
 
Revenues in Larnaca are up 43 per cent whereas Nicosia has seen a 21 per cent rise. Paphos revenues are up by 12 per cent.
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