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"Considerable improvements in TFTP draft agreement"

10 June 2010

EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström today visited the European Parliament's committee on Civil liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, where she presented the state of play in the negotiations on the new agreement on terrorist financing tracking programme with the US.

"Following the Council Mandate and taking the Parliament's views into consideration in the negotiations, we have managed to achieve considerable improvements on the content of the agreement", said Cecilia Malmström.

Defending the so called TFTP agreement (Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme) in the European Parliament was the task Cecilia Malmström was challenged with on her very first day as Commissioner for Home Affairs in February. The European Parliament voted no to the draft agreement that was then discussed. Concerns were raised on insufficient protection of data and a worrying lack of respect for integrity issues – issues that Malmström then took into account in the renegotiation process with the US.

"I believe that this new draft agreement is very largely in line with the Council Mandate and it takes account of the key points of the Parliament's resolution. I think we can all be proud of the result", said Cecilia Malmström.

Cecilia Malmström underlined that the data included in the TFTP are anonymous:
"The anonymisation of data can only be lifted when regarding persons directly linked to ongoing police investigations. Other data will remain anonymous."

Some of the bigger changes in the new draft agreement are stronger data protection guarantees, non-discriminatory right to redress, and the appointment of an independent EU person who will permanently monitor the US work within this field.

The draft TFTP agreement is to be adopted by the European Commission on Tuesday next week. After that, it is up to the European Parliament and the Council to decide on whether they want to endorse the draft agreement and adopt it. Read more on TFTP, watch today's press briefing, and read Cecilia Malmström's press statement.