Tuesday, 6 April 2004

Europarl committee recommends against PNR data sharing with USA, biometric passports

The European Parliament’s Committe on Citizens’ Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs (“LIBE Committee”) today voted to recommend that the Europarl not approve a draft agreement between the European Community and the USA on the processing and transfer of PNR data by airlines to the USA Department of Homeland Security, as proposed by the Council of the European Commission.

In a strengthening amendment (thanks to Statewatch for the documents) the LIBE Committee voted to add that it, “Calls on the Council to refrain from concluding this agreement until the Court of Justice has delivered its opinion on the compatibility with the [European Community] Treaty”.

The LIBE Committee recommendations now go before the Europarl plenary session later this month in Strasbourg.

During the same meeting today, the LIBE Committee also decided to delay until fall 2004 making any recommendation on a proposal to require digitized biometrics, such as digital photos or fingerprints, on EU passports. The proposal cannot take effect without the Europarl’s non-binding consultative report. So unless the committee’s decision to delay the report is overturned by the Europarl plenary, which has only one more sitting this month before it recesses for the summer, the decision to delay the report will preclude approval of the biometric passport proposal until the fall.

Link | Posted by Edward on Tuesday, 6 April 2004, 18:19 ( 6:19 PM)
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