Protecting and respecting member states

Protecting and respecting member states

The ECR Group has continuously been the voice of reason within the European Parliament when it comes to enhancing Europe’s internal and external security. The ECR believes that the expedient and thorough sharing of information between Member States law enforcements authorities is essential in the fight against cross border crime, cybercrime, and terrorism. Keeping Europe’s citizens safe from the threat of violence and criminality must be a priority for the European Union.

EU-Passenger Name Records

The ECR Group was the leading political force for the introduction of the Passenger Name Records (PNR) deal between EU Member States. The EU-PNR system requires Member States to exchange basic passenger information between airlines and police authorities before a flight takes off in order to detect, prevent, and prosecute serious crime and terrorism. PNR data includes basic passenger information such as an individual’s route, travel dates and method of payment. PNR data has helped to capture hundreds of murderers, pedophiles, human traffickers, sexual attackers, kidnappers, drug dealers, and major terrorists including those involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks and the foiled Times Square bomber.

The European Criminal Records Information System

The ECR Group steered the adoption of new rules through the European Parliament which gives national authorities the power to establish quickly and efficiently whether another Member State holds criminal records on a non-EU citizen entering their country. The European Criminal Records Information System is an important tool for European prosecutors, judges and police forces in order to prevent the movement of criminals across Europe and aid with prosecutions taking place.

The new rules adopted allow other agencies such as EUROPOL and EUROJUST the ability to access this information. This is an important step in increasing interconnectivity between Member States law enforcement authorities and therefore, increase the EU’s ability to fight cross border criminality.

The ECR has also been keen to ensure that throughout all of these proposals that the highest possible data protection standards are in place, and that the rights and privacy of EU citizens is respected. The ECR group believes that protecting privacy and data should go hand in hand with making use of data by law enforcement authorities.

Protecting the EU’s external border

The ECR Group understands that when it comes to protecting the integrity of the Schengen area, maintaining freedom of movement and ensuring the internal security of the EU, protecting the EU’s external border is of utmost importance. Thanks to the work of ECR Group, Member States are now obliged to carry out systematic checks against relevant databases at the external borders. This measure was a response to the rise of terrorist threats in Europe. This measure will ensure that terrorist foreign fighters, irregular migrants and human traffickers, will be detected at the external border.

Protecting victims of terrorism

The ECR Group believes that protecting the citizens of the EU, does not just mean preventing and prosecuting crimes, but ensuring that we look after the victims of terrorism after these tragic events have taken place. The ECR was a leading voice in securing a million euro pilot project that will provide vital services for the protection of victims of terrorism by establishing a Terrorism Response Coordination Centre. This centre will help national authorities implement EU legislation designed to protect the victims of terrorism, and provide victim support services such as counselling. The centre will provide the necessary expertise and training to assist member states on the spot in the event of a terrorist attack.




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