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On the draft legislation of the Federal Republic of Germany on amending the Telecommunication Act and the provisions on providing telecommunication customers data

Big brotherThe European Organisation of Magistrates for freedom and liberties, recalling that the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany has held certain provisions of the German Telecommunications Act to be unconstitutional for infringing civil liberties, namely for being unclear about the legal basis of providing customer data to state bodies and for the lack of sufficient thresholds as requirements for such undisclosure of personal data, taking note of the fact that the Federal Republic of Germany has now started a legislative process to amend the Telecommunication Act and on the law governing the provision of customers data (BR-Drs. 664/12), noting that the provisions in the draft

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MEDEL support for the Greek judges and prosecutors

GreeceDemocracy cannot exist without the Rule of Law. The salary contracts as the other contracts are sources of law and provide necessary stability and certainty for to the society in order to keep the social peace.

The magistrates' salaries represent a guarantee of the independence and autonomy of the judicial power. The continuous cuts of salaries contribute to the disruption of the rule of law and democracy (Recommendation R (2010) 12 of the Council of Europe).

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Democracy facing corruption

Democracy facing corruptionColloquium in Paris, Oct. 13th.

Introduction du forum La démocratie à l'épreuve de la corruption, organisé le 13 octobre 2012, à Paris. Les interventions sont de Fabrice Tarrit, Président de Survie et Eric Alt du Syndicat de la Magistrature.

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Restoration of Confidence Necessary for the Democratic Functioning of the Serbian Judiciary

Dragana Boljevic1. MEDEL has established a relationship of trust and solidarity with the associations of judges and prosecutors of Serbia. International Association expressed great concerns over the decision to proceed with re-election of Serbian judges and prosecutors in 2009 that led to the dismissal of one third of them. MEDEL conducted several audit missions over the decisions on dismissal.

2. The report, following the audit visit which was entrusted to two honorary judges members of MEDEL was intended to make the overall assessment of the review process. The audit in Serbia conducted by MEDEL is the second of its kind, after it had been previously conducted on the Portuguese judiciary (2010) and before the one currently implemented on the Turkish judiciary.

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Declaration of Medel on the re-appointment procedure of judges and prosecutors in Serbia

Dragana BoljevićToday Dragana Bolijevic, president of the Judges Association of Serbia (JAS) and General Secretary of MEDEL, has seen her appeal against her dismissal from the judiciary rejected by the Serbian High Council for Judiciary.

The dismissal of Dragana Bolijevic occurred within a highly controversial and opaque procedure which involved all Serbian judges and prosecutors in a general re-appointment procedure carried out in 2009 which ended with the dismissal of around one third of them, without any disciplinary ground, without any hearing, and even without any reasoning, simply with the publication of a list with names of judges and prosecutors re-appointed and not re-appointed.

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