Wednesday, 7 April 2004

More Europarl opposition to giving airline data to the USA

Further communications I've received from European Parliament sources in Brussels confirm that, in addition to the vote of the LIBE committee reported here yesterday, two other Europarl committeees also voted this week to oppose the draft agreement to allow PNR data from the EU to be transferred to the USA government. Three committtees are now officially on record against the proposal, reflecting the clear weight of opinion among most Members of the European Parliament (MEP's).

The Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Security and Defence Policy (AFET), to which the proposed agreement was referred for an advisory opinion, voted that it "calls on the Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs, as the committee responsible, to reject the conclusion of the agreement." That recommendation is now included as a concurrence to the recommendation of the LIBE committee against the agreement, which goes before the Europarl plenary session from 19-22 April 2004.

And the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Internal Market (JURI) voted this week to recommend to the President of the European Parliament, MEP Pat Cox of Ireland, that he initiate legal proceedings in the European Court of Justice, on behalf of the Parliament, to obtain from the Court an opinion on the compatibility of the draft agreement with the European Community Treaty.

The President's decision on how to proceed is expected before the Europarl adjiourns for the summer at the end of this month.

Link | Posted by Edward on Wednesday, 7 April 2004, 11:08 (11:08 AM)
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