European socialists welcome PNR, insists on more security cooperation


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The Party of European Socialists welcomes the overwhelming majority vote at the European Parliament in favour of the Passenger Name Record (PNR) and the safeguards on data protection linked to it. The PES considers the PNR to be an important tool in the fight against international crime and terrorism, but this only a part of the solution. European socialists and democrats welcome the fact that the Data Protection Package has been coupled with the PNR, as the PES insisted, to ensure an adequate balance between security and privacy.

After voting in favour of the resolution at the European Parliament, the PES President Sergei Stanishev said: “I supported the PNR directive because European socialists have always seen the PNR as an important tool to fight organised crime and terrorism. But we are as concerned about compliance with fundamental freedoms and personal data protection. Now our voice has finally been heard and we have made sure that we have an adequate balance”.

Stanishev said: “The PNR alone will not solve all of our security problems. However, it is a positive first step towards enhanced investigative and intelligence cooperation between European Member States. A successful and more effective exchange of information between the national security agencies is needed now more than ever. But the PES is clearly saying NO to massive surveillance of EU citizens. We support targeted, risk-based use of passenger data”.