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Parliamentary questions
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4 June 2015
Question for written answer E-009196-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Judith Sargentini (Verts/ALE) , Ska Keller (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Impact of Interpol Red Notice on Schengen Information System
 Answer in writing 

Interpol is being increasingly politically misused by non-democratic states. Countries with poor human rights records often resort to Interpol Red Notices in order to gain credibility in their pursuit of political opponents.

In a recent case, a Russian citizen, Mrs Tatiana Paraskevich, was seeking protection in the Czech Republic from political persecution by her country. The fact that her name was placed on the Interpol wanted list also resulted in her name being put into the Schengen Information System (SIS) by Germany, labelling her as an ‘undesirable alien’. This caused further complications, preventing her from receiving residence and travel documents for over a year after having been granted subsidiary international protection by the Czech Republic.

Taking into account the aforementioned, we would like to ask the following questions:
1. Is there a direct link between being placed on the Interpol Red Notice and having one’s name inserted in the SIS as an ‘undesirable alien’?
2. What is the legal basis for data exchange between national Sirene Bureaux and Interpol?
3. What are the Commission and the European Data Protection Supervisor doing to ensure that EU and third-country citizens’ rights are not breached through the use of misused Interpol data by the EU Member States?
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