13 June 2018
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The Directive makes it mandatory to apply surveillance and profiling measures to flights departing or entering the EU, but its application to journeys within one Member State or between two Member States is voluntary.
Previously, due to "the current security situation in Europe," all Member States indicated their intention to "make full use of the possibility provided for by Article 1a [to apply the Directive to intra-EU flights] under the conditions set by the Directive." See: EU-PNR: European Parliament has "egg on its face" (Statewatch News Online, April 2016)
According to a note published by the European Commission at the beginning of June, the following Member States will apply the Directive to intra-EU flights:
See: PNR: List of Member States who have decided to apply the Directive (EU) 2016/681 to intra-EU flights(European Commission, link)
Alongside these 10 Member States, Estonia, Ireland and Latvia have also notified the Commission of their national implementing measures. See: National transposition measures communicated by the Member States concerning: Directive (EU) 2016/681 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 (EUR-Lex, link)
The Directive requires passenger data from all flights entering, leaving or travelling within the EU to be handed over from airlines to 'Passenger Information Units', run by national law enforcement authorities, so that it can be cross-checked against watchlists, databases and profiles for the purposes of "preventing, detecting, investigating and prosecuting terrorist offences or serious crime."
In order to implement the Directive, which was finally approved by the European Parliament in April 2016 after a long and tortuous process, there are a number of measures that Member States and the EU must take:
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