Use of Passenger Name Record data (EU PNR):
- extracts and statement by Timothy R KIRKHOPE (ECR, UK), rapporteur
EP Committee on Civil Liberties
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 27/06/2013 First transmission: 27/06/2013
The EP Committee on Civil Liberties has hold a discussion on a proposal for a directive following the referral back by plenary, rapporteur Timothy KIRKHOPE (ECR, UK) concerning the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data (COD).
Personal Passenger Name Record (PNR) data is collected by air carriers from passengers during the ticket reservation process. It includes information such as the passenger’s name, address, telephone number and credit card details.
In February 2011, the Commission proposed that air carriers be required to forward the PNR data of passengers entering or leaving the EU to EU countries' national authorities, to help them to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute serious crimes and terrorist offences.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament building in Brussels
||General view of the ambience during the meeting (9 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) Timothy R KIRKHOPE (ECR, UK), rapporteur: "We hopefully can find an agreement. You will be all aware of the importance of the file, both to protect the data and the fundamental rights of EU passengers and citizens and also to fight organised crime and terrorism, subject that I think we all acknowledge that it is so important that this House created an special Committee to combated it."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Timothy R KIRKHOPE (ECR, UK), rapporteur: "It is important in my view to have a very clear European legal framework and a set of rights for airlines and for passengers, specifically for the use of PNR, which at present as we know it is completely unregulated at the EU level and where we have seen clearly random systems emerging on a fairly regular basis."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Sophia in 't VELD (ALDE, NT): "If we say that we need a European directive in order to harmonise existing national schemes then I want information on those existing national schemes. Today, and we have been asking this for years, we get a claim that there are 16 countries that have schemes in place. Very well, I would like to get detail from the European Commission. I do not think that is too much to ask."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Philipp
ALBRECHT (GUE/NGL, DE): "There are severe constitutional consequences of such a proposal. If you look at the judgements of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, that is again and again not in line with the rule of law and human rights from article 7 and 8 from the Convention on privacy and protection of private life."
||SOUNDBITE (English) European Commission representative: "The Commission will continue to support efforts to facilitate compromise and the adoption of the proposal for the European PNR directive. Let me briefly turn to the activities at the national level as this has been raised several times. As the Commission has stated also in a reply to a written question 16 Member States have submitted application for funding to develop national passengers information units on the basis of national legislation. These applications indicate that a considerable number of Member States is taken action at national level to set up PNR systems."
||Cutaway of Timothy R KIRKHOPE (ECR, UK), rapporteur
||SOUNDBITE (English) Timothy R KIRKHOPE (ECR, UK), rapporteur: "It is very important for me to bring the EU PNR agreement back to our Committee today because I do believe it is very important indeed that we have a common set of rules about the exchange of information for the travelling public. It is something that if we do not go ahead with it we will end up with vast numbers of national PNR agreements or requiring different things from the airlines or indeed the travelling public. Without proper regulation, without proper protection of the information that people give when they travel. We need to have this in place, it is very important, it would help security, it would help protect the travelling public and, it would also make sure that Europe is a very safe destination to come to by people who travel by air. "