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to wind up the debate on the statements by the Council and the Commission

pursuant to Rule 110(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on the US National Security Agency surveillance programme and surveillance bodies in various Member States (2013/2682(RSP))

Timothy Kirkhope on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on the US National Security Agency surveillance programme and surveillance bodies in various Member States (2013/2682(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the European Union’s provisions on fundamental values and fundamental freedoms and on data protection, and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–   having regard to the statement made on 30 June 2013 by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the alleged surveillance of EU premises,

–   having regard to the statement made on 14 June 2013 by Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the Commission and Commissioner for Justice, on the PRISM situation,

–   having regard to Rule 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas allegations have been made by a former technical worker at the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, claiming that US agencies have been gathering data on people with the help of major internet companies and that the NSA and FBI have been exchanging information with internet companies and sharing this information with EU Member States;

B.  whereas the United States, internet companies and allegedly involved Member States have strongly denied acting outside established checks and balances or without legal oversight; whereas the US in particular has referenced Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is subject to oversight by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the Executive Branch and Congress;

C. whereas the Commission and Parliament have expressed concerns regarding the rights of European citizens and have called for assurances that EU citizen’s rights are being legally and administratively observed;

D. whereas US Attorney General Eric Holder has proposed to convene a meeting of experts from the US and from the EU in order to clarify the situation;

E.  whereas EU High Representative Catherine Ashton has stated that the EEAS will make no further comment until there is more clarity on the situation;

1.  Stresses that the Commission is guardian of the Treaties; stresses also that any evaluation or judgments should first be based on facts and a balanced investigation;

2.  Notes that it is the Commission’s role to ensure that European data protection laws and fundamental rights are upheld by Member States and that the Member States act in conformity with its application of the EU Treaties and basic common democratic values;

3.  Notes also that national security is a competence of the Member States;

4.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Council, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the President of the United States and the US Congress.

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