EU initiatives

This section of the Observatory brings together news, analysis and documentation on the EU's two key travel surveillance measures: the 2016 Passenger Name Record Directive and the 2004 Advance Passenger Information Directive.

The European Commission initially put forward a proposal for an EU Passenger Name Record system in 2007, but it was withdrawn following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. A new proposal (in the form of a Directive, rather than a Council Framework Decision) was issued in 2011. This went back and forth between the Council and Parliament until its final, controversial adoption in April 2016, when the Parliament caved in to pressure from the Council and Commission.

The EU PNR Directive can be found here and national implementing legislation here.

The API Directive can be found here and national implementing legislation here.

07 March 2011

Council of the EU: Austrian delegation: Open questions on the Commission proposal (7414/11)

Note from the Austrian delegation, questioning in particular the proposal to set up a decentralised PNR system, on the grounds of cost, data protection and legal basis.

22 February 2011

UK seeks to extend Commission proposal immediately (6359/11)

UK seeking to extend Commission proposal to cover intra-EU flights from the start

14 October 2008

EU-PNR scheme being re-written by the Council

At the Justice and Home Affairs Council the French Interior Minister, Michele Alliot-Marie said on 24 July 2008 that "We reached an agreement on the principle of the European PNR". But a note from the Austrian delegation dated 10 July said: "The approach of the Presidency to abandon the work on the proposal of the Commission and to start a thematic discussion is welcomed."


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