EU: EU-PNR (passenger name record) scheme proposed

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A spokesperson for Justice and home affairs European Commissioner, Franco Frattini, is quoted as saying that the Commissioner "came up with the idea in London last week where he was discussing terrorism", see euractiv (link) and (link). Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, comments:

"I find it very strange that the Commissioner came up with this idea last week when the measure to introduce an EU-PNR scheme was adopted in April 2004 and is due to come into effect in 12 days time"

The EU-PNR Council Directive (2004/82/EC) on the obligation of carriers to communicate passenger data was adopted on 29 April 2004: Official Journal: Text (pdf) Article 7 says: Member States shall take the necessary measures to comply with this Directive not later than 5 September 2006". Article 3 says that all EU governments shall pass legislation to oblige carriers to send to border control/immigration authorities "by the end of check-in" information on all passengers who are to enter the EU - this covers both those visiting with visas and all EU citizens and residents.

See for full background Statewatch's Observatory: EU surveillance of passengers (PNR)

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