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Agreement adopted on fight against terrorism

15 June 2010

The European Commission today adopted a draft agreement on the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme, TFTP, between the EU and the United States. EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström now calls on the Council and the European Parliament to endorse the proposal so that the agreement can enter into force.

"This is an issue I have been working on since my very first day, when I presented a draft to the European Parliament. I said then that the text was not perfect, and I promised the Parliament to seek to improve the text. I am therefore glad to be back here in Strasbourg to present a renegotiated draft agreement that contains considerably stronger guarantees to ensure protection of EU citizens' data", said Cecilia Malmström.

During a press conference in Strasbourg, where the Commission today had their weekly meeting, Cecilia Malmström recalled her first day on the job as EU Commissioner for Home Affairs. She was then immediately confronted with TFTP, as the Interim Agreement was voted down by the European Parliament.

Read the draft agreement in full below. For more information on TFTP, see today's press conference, read the press release and the memo outlining the changes from the previous to the present draft agreement.