×
ECR

EU Passenger Name Records directive finally takes off

14 April 2016

EU Passenger Name Records directive finally takes off

An EU law allowing the collection and sharing of flight passenger data – to detect terrorist and serious criminal activity – finally took off today after five years of talks between MEPs and European governments.

An EU law allowing the collection and sharing of flight passenger data – to detect terrorist and serious criminal activity – finally took off today after five years of talks between MEPs and European governments.

The EU Passenger Name Records (PNR) directive has been steered through the European Parliament by British ECR MEP Timothy Kirkhope. It allows for the transfer of basic passenger information given at the time of booking a flight in the EU to identify patterns of suspect behaviour.

Despite previous rejections, stiff opposition and even an earlier rejection by the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee, the parliament in Strasbourg today adopted the law, which EU governments are expected to implement swiftly to assist in the detection of radicalised ‘foreign fighters’ returning from Syria.

Passenger Name Records are used already in the USA and UK to detect terrorist activity, drug and people trafficking. The data collected has proven valuable to highly-trained analysts, and today’s agreement will allow all data to be collected on all flights into and out of the EU, as well as flights within the EU as well.

Speaking after the adoption of the proposals, the rapporteur Timothy Kirkhope MEP said:

“We have adopted an important new tool for fighting terrorists and traffickers.

“By collecting, sharing and analysing PNR information our intelligence agencies can detect patterns of suspicious behaviour to be followed up. PNR is not a silver bullet, but countries that have national PNR systems have shown time and again that it is highly effective.

“It has taken a number of years and hundreds of hours of negotiation, but finally we have an agreement. There were understandable concerns about the collection and storage or people’s data, but I believe that the directive that we have adopted puts in place data safeguards, as well as proving that the law is proportionate to the risks we face.

“EU governments must now get on with implementing this agreement. We cannot afford to waste any more time in developing a robust response to the terrorist threat.”

SHARE

ECR

OUR TWEETS

ECR Group

23 hours ago

Congratulations to Andrzej Duda for his re-election as the President of the Republic of #Poland 🇵🇱. We wish him a s… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

3 days ago

ECR MEP Derk Jan Eppink: “In 1995, #Srebrenica showed us our inability to fight against #genocide. This event made… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

4 days ago

MEP Elżbieta Rafalska: “We need to respect Roma’s culture & identity by listening to their voice. It is the only wa… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

4 days ago

The EU #MobilityPackage rules are harmful & represent double-dealing. It generates an enormous ecological burden. T… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

4 days ago

MEP Emmanouil Fragkos: “#Turkey is a threat to security in the Eastern Mediterranean & threatens the borders of 🇬🇷… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

5 days ago

ECR MEP Bert-Jan Ruissen: “Protecting religious freedom is extremely important & should be defended worldwide. The… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

5 days ago

The ECR endorses the statement of @EP_President to #China to abolish the new security law, defending #RuleOfLaw,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

5 days ago

"Today we have only one certainty: there is no more time, it is time to act." Watch the full speech of ECR Co-chair… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

5 days ago

MEP Margarita de la Pisa on the EU's public health strategy: "We need technical protocols to protect us from potent… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

5 days ago

The ECR is delighted that the @EU_Commission has agreed to the Group's call to reappoint a Special Envoy to promote… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…





© 2018. All rights reserved. European Conservatives and Reformists Group