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Parliamentary questions
7 May 2010
WRITTEN QUESTION by Alexander Alvaro (ALDE) to the Commission

 Subject: INDECT — Article 45 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights

In 2008 the Commission allocated EUR 1.4 billion from the EU budget to security research. Accordingly, one of the projects to receive funding under the 7th Framework Programme for Research is INDECT (Intelligent information system supporting observation, searching and detection for security of citizens in urban environment), which has been allotted EUR 10.91 million. Since the beginning of 2009, INDECT has been working on developing a platform for the registration and exchange of operational data with a view to automatic detection of threats and recognition of abnormal behaviour, to be operated in combination with various surveillance technologies. Individual monitoring instruments which already exist, such as video cameras, data retention, tracking of mobile phones, facial recognition or telephone tapping, could thus be grouped together in a single surveillance programme.

Can the Commission say what the definition of ‘abnormal behaviour’ is?

In his answer of 20 January 2010 to Question E‑6084/09 concerning the relevance of Article 45 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the then Commissioner Günter Verheugen stated that an ethics panel ensured that ‘the research activities are conducted in conformity with EU and national legislation and regulations’. What does this mean, in detail, with regard to the above questions? Are the panel's expert opinions available for public consultation? Does the Commissioner responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship agree with the assessment given by the former Industry Commissioner Günter Verheugen? Should issues which may arise in connection with preventive monitoring of individuals in public places be incorporated in the proposed new EU directive on data protection?

Original language of question: DEOJ C 138 E, 07/05/2011
Last updated: 17 May 2010Legal notice