EU-FBI: how European and national politics clash
After the terrible terror attack stricken in Nice during the celebration for the Bastille Day, politicians are facing again the dilemma on how to properly address the rising threat of terrorism in the main European cities. The previous reactions to the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels showed that a European response to terrorism is still far away. Continue Reading
The Members of the European Parliament adopted yesterday the long awaited Directive on the regulation of the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime.
With this new law, airlines will have to hand national authorities the passengers’ data for all flights from third countries to the EU and vice versa. Continue Reading
At the beginning of the March plenary session of the European Parliament, the ECR Group (of David Cameron) made the request to place on the plenary agenda the report on the use of passenger name record data (EU-PNR). The demand was rejected by 163 votes in favour to 207 against. The opposing camp included the centre-left MEPs of the Socialist group S&D, the Liberals of the ALDE group, the radical left MEPs and the Greens. Continue Reading
A large majority of EU parliamentarians adopted the report drafted by the French EPP MEP Rachida Dati on the prevention of radicalisation and recruitment of European citizens by terrorist organisations. The vote is highly significant since it takes place just few days after the tragic Paris terrorist attacks that were perpetrated by radicalised EU citizens.
The resolution was adopted by 548 votes in favour, 110 against and 36 abstentions. Continue Reading
The non-binding resolution concerning the European Agenda on Security for 2015-2020 proposed by the Commission was adopted by a narrow margin by the European Parliament. This document sets out the guidelines on how the Union can bring added value to support the Member States in ensuring security.
The text was adopted by 250 votes in favour 204 against and 184 abstentions. The socialist group and the liberals supported the final resolution. The majority of the EPP members abstained, together with the majority of the Greens and of the GUE/NGL. The conservatives, the eurosceptics and the new party group of Marine Le Pen voted against.
On February 2015, the European Parliament passed a resolution to address new anti-terrorism measures that should be put in place this year. The document referenced the collection of passenger name records (PNR). Passenger Name Records are, in essence, data about our flight details. It includes several different types of information, such as travel dates, ticket information and payment information.
The EU governments have sought access to this passenger data and requested additional information from airline companies, and therefore third countries’ governments, through far-reaching PNR agreements. The European Commission proposed the EU PNR system as a key tool in the fight against terrorism. On 2010, the EP adopted the EU external strategy on PNR, which opened the negotiations between the EU and Australia, Canada and the United States on the exchange of this type of data between these international actors. Continue Reading
MEPs passed a resolution condemning the acts of terrorism and voted to adopt new anti-terrorism measures in the EU. An overwhelming majority was formed by the Socialists, Liberal democrats, Christian democrats and Conservatives. Click here to see how each MEP voted.
The resolution called on Member States to strengthen external border controls and expressed concerns about the rapidly rising number of EU nationals traveling to conflict areas. Continue Reading
In this edition:
1. Juncker Commission easily survives its first big test in the EP
2. The EU-Canada PNR agreement sent to ECJ by the left, ALDE, eurosceptics
3. Large EP majority pushed through a stronger stance on the post-2015 development agenda
4. EPP, S&D, ECR requested Commission’s diligence in settling search engines market
5. EPP, ALDE, Greens/EFA voted to strengthen ECB’s authority to impose sanctions
The European Parliament approved a resolution tabled by the ALDE group asking for the EU-Canada agreement on the transfer of Passenger Name Records (PNR) to be referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on whether it is compatible with the EU treaties and Charter of Fundamental Rights before voting on the new agreement. The PNR agreement was signed by the EU Council of Ministers and Canada on 25 June 2014, but in order to enter into force it needs the consent of the Parliament.
The resolution passed by 383 votes in favour, 271 against and 47 abstentions. The left-leaning groups (S&D, Greens/EFA, GUE/NGL) and the right wing eurosceptics supported the proposal (the EFDD group was split). The conservative EPP and ECR groups decided to vote against the resolution, as they considered that the PNR agreement should be enforced at the soonest, to fight against terrorism and international crime.