An international concluding conference was held at SANS in relation with the Development of the National Passenger Information Unit for Collection and Processing of Passenger Name Record Data in the Republic of Bulgaria Project

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An international concluding conference was held on May 31st 2016 at the building of State Agency for National Security on the occasion of the official closure of the Development of the National Passenger Information Unit for Collection and Processing of Passenger Name Record Data in the Republic of Bulgaria Project HOME/2012/ISEC/AG/PNR/4000004452, which has been cofunded under the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Program (ISEC) of the European Union.

The Deputy Chairperson of SANS, Mr. Oleg Petkov, opened the event and underlined the strategic importance, both on the national and international plane, of the national security unit.

The Deputy Minister of Interior, Mr. Filip Gunev, also greeted the participants. He highly evaluated the results of the project and declared the Ministry of Interior’s commitment towards supporting the future activity of the unit.

A representative of the project partner – Mr. Plamen Angelov, Director of the Legal Directorate at the administration of the Commission for Personal Data Protection, also addressed the participants in the conference with a complimentary speech.

Eighteen experts in this field from ten EU member states together with representatives of the Bulgarian competent bodies also participated in the conference.

The leader of the project management team presented the results of the project. There was also a presentation of topics, related with the national legal framework, regulating the activity of the unit, the protection of personal data in the context of their processing and the employment of the results of the unit’s activity by the competent law-enforcement and investigatory bodies.

In accordance with Directive (EU) 2016/681 of the European Parliament and of the Council of April 27th 2016, the effective use of passenger name record (PNR) data is essential for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime for the purposes of enhancing homeland security, collecting evidence and, if necessary, identifying accomplices of criminals and uncovering criminal networks.

The project started in 2014 and its duration was 29 months. The Commission for Personal Data Protection was a project partner. As a result of the project, the team has studied the experience of other member states when it comes to developing units for the processing of passenger name record data, and technical equipment for the Bulgarian unit has been delivered, and officials, who would operate within it, have received training.

A seminar with representatives of the air industry was held in the course of the project, where they had the opportunity to express their views and to pose questions.

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Съфинансиран по програма „Превенция и борба с престъпността” на ЕС

Co-funded by the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of the European Union