EU: EU and USA reportedly fail to reach new agreement on PNR by 30 September deadline

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"EU-US airline data talks collapse" (BBC, link)

In June we reported that: EU-US: New PNR agreement a "technicality" say EU and US officials (, 31.5.06, link) Following the annulment by the European Court of Justice of the EU-US agreement on the exchange of data on air travellers ("passenger name records") officials from the European Commission and their counterparts in Washington have quickly moved to play down the significance of the ruling, suggesting that replacing the treaty with a "Third Pillar" instrument will be a mere "technicality".

Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, comments:

"It seems very strange that a new agreement cannot be reached if all that is required is the same text placed on a different legal basis. On the other hand if the USA is trying to change the text of the agreement that would require a series of procedures in the EU and re-open the public debate"

See Statewatch's Observatory on the exchange of data on passengers (PNR) with USA

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