Commission reports on passenger data and tracking of terror funds

27-Nov-2013 @ 18:0

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Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Today the European Commission adopted an evaluation repor ton the European Union – United States Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP) and a review of the US Passenger Name Record (PNR) Agreement. A Communication was also adopted on proposals for a Europe-wide Terrorist Finance Tracking System (TFTS), concluding that the establishment of such a system is not expected at this stage. The Commission undertook the assessments follow in allegations that the United States might have accessed so-called Swift financial data outside the scope of the TFTP agreement.

Timothy Kirkhope, Conservative spokesman on Justice and Home Affairs said: "These agreements are incredibly important to the safety and security of the people of Europe. It is reassuring that EUROPOL is confident that the effective implementation of the agreements boosts security.

"Passenger data and information from the finance-tracking programme have proven crucial in the security response to a number of terror offences including the 7 / 7 bombings and the Breivik case in Oslo.

"However, at the moment PNR data within the European Union underused. It is also completely unregulated at a European level, despite the fact that information is exchanged bilaterally within the EU every day.

"This Parliament talks about creating more safeguards, more rights for the individual, but is unwilling to do anything to provide a clear legal framework for citizens across the European Union. Some political groups are blocking any kind of progress. It means that airlines and passengers are operating under 27 different legal regimes at the moment.

"The Parliament and some individual countries need to get serious about delivering security measures which protect freedoms and privacy and which deliver results. At present the Parliament dodging responsibility and failing to take a lead."

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