Acts of terror in Europe have put security issues back at the top of the political agenda. Security specialists and the member states have called for EU-wide rules on Passenger Name Record (PNR) for years. This measure, which would require a more systematic collection, use and retention of data on international airline passengers, was approved by Parliament on 14 April 2016
The new directive regulating the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data in the EU for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime was approved by Parliament on Thursday. It will oblige airlines to hand national authorities passengers' data for all flights from third countries to the EU and vice versa.
The terrorist attacks in Brussels on 22 March showed the need for better cooperation in the fight against terrorism in Europe. In the wake of these events, MEPs debate counter-terrorism strategies with Commission and Council representatives in plenary on Tuesday 12 April
Following the 11 September attacks in 2001, the United States asked for access to the personal information of transatlantic air passengers in order to better track down potential terrorists. Establishing common rules on this in the EU has been on the agenda for years. Last December Parliament and member states agreed on a provisional agreement. MEPs approved the directive on 14 April 2016.
The recent attacks in Paris have led member states and EU institutions to re-evaluate their security policy and propose new initiatives to step up the fight against terrorism. This afternoon in plenary MEPs and home affairs commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos debate anti-terrorism measures; including tackling radicalisation, the supply of illegal firearms, the European Agenda on Security for 2015-2020, and EU Passenger Name Record proposals. Follow the debate live on this website from 15.00 CET.
Name, address, phone number, credit card details, travel itinerary, ticket and baggage information: all data which would be collected under the Passenger Name Record legislative proposal. This measure, first rejected in 2013 over concerns about the impact it could have on fundamental rights and data protection, is now again on the agenda of MEPs. Read on to find out more about it.
After the initial shock came the reactions. Just days after the attacks in Paris, governments and politicians started calling for more tools to fight terrorism. How will such measures sit alongside the rights of citizens to privacy or freedom of movement? We talked to Anna Elżbieta Fotyga, chair of the subcommittee on security and defence, and Claude Moraes, chair of the justice committee.