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Passenger name records, Panama papers and Data protection - this week in the European Parliament

MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 11th to Thursday 14th April. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.

This is the forum where, following committee meetings in the preceding weeks, MEPs take part in the decision-making and express their standpoint to the European Commission and Council of the European Union.



PNR. Parliament will debate and vote on a provisional agreement with member states on the use of passenger name records (PNR). The passenger data collected by airlines are to be shared with national authorities for the prevention of terrorism and serious crime. A press conference will be held on Wednesday at 13.00. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)

Panama papers. In the light of recent revelations about owners of some 200,000 Panama off-shore letterbox companies, Parliament will debate the efficiency of existing measures such as the anti-money laundering directive and responses to its recent recommendations to step up the fight against tax evasion and tax avoidance. (Debate Tuesday)

Data protection. A reform of data protection laws is also on the agenda. The aim of a directive is to put internet users in control of their personal data and to regulate data transfers to third countries, while a regulation sets high standards on use of data for policing and judicial purposes. A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday at 11.00. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)

MEPs in the spotlight this week

Annual reports 2012-2013 on subsidiarity and proportionality
Rapporteur:  Sajjad Karim (North West of England, Conservatives)
Committee on Legal Affairs

Use of Passenger Name Record data (EU PNR)
Rapporteur: Timothy Kirkhope (Yorkshire and the Humber, Conservatives)
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Wednesday and Thursday

Review of the SME supporting factor
Kay Swinburne (Wales, Conservatives)

Private sector and development
Rapporteur: Nirj Deva (South East England, Conservatives)
Committee on Development

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