The EU Security Union Commissioner Julian King visits the Bulgarian Passenger information Unit

On 26 January 2018 the EU Security Union Commissioner Julian King visited the National Passenger Information Unit (PIU) for Collection and Processing of Passenger Name Record (PNR) Data in the Republic of Bulgaria, located at the State Agency for National Security (SANS), and one of the first functional in the European Union (EU). He was welcomed by the SANS Chairman, Dimitar Georgiev, and the Deputy Chairman, Nikolay Nenkov.

Formally, the Unit became operational on 8 December 2017. Currently, the PIU is properly staffed and equipped to carry out its mission and tasks. It has received financial support from the European Commission.

During the visit, Commissioner King was informed about the progress achieved by Bulgaria in the implementation of the Directive (EU) 2016/681 of the European Parliament and the Council of April 27th 2016 on use of PNR data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime.

The EU Security Union Commissioner welcomed the importance the Presidency of the Republic of Bulgaria of the Council of the EU is giving to the full implementation of the PNR Directive given its deadline of 25 May 2018. He pointed out that it is a crucial instrument in the EU response to the threat of terrorism and serious transnational organized crime.

Commissioner King encouraged SANS experts to share their experience and good practices with partners from other Member States, still working on the establishment of national PIUs.

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