An international expert meeting hosted by SANS

An expert meeting on the project HOME/2014/ISFP/AG/LAWX/7150 “Pilot Programme for data exchange of the Passenger Information Units”, co-funded by the Internal Security Fund of the European Union, took place in Vitosha Park Hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 17-19 October 2016. The event was hosted by the State Agency for National Security (SANS) a partner in the project together with the Ministry of Interior established in Hungary, Direcction General de la Policia – established in Spain, Mycolo Romerio Universitetas – established in Lithuania, General Inspectorate of Romanian Border Police, Policia Judiciaria – established in Portugal and Europol as associate partner.

More than 50 experts from specialized units of low enforcement bodies from 17 EU Member States, European Commission, Europol and eu-LISA took part. Furthermore, representatives of the USA and Australia attended the meeting as well.

On 21 April 2016 the Council adopted a Directive on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crimes. The directive aims to regulate the transfer from the airlines to the member states of PNR data of passengers of international flights, as well as the processing of this data by the competent authorities. The Directive establishes that PNR data collected may only be processed for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crimes.

Each Member State will also be required to set up a so-called Passenger Information Unit, which will receive the PNR data from the air carriers. The new rules create an EU standard for the use of such data and include provisions on the exchange of such data between the Member States and between the Member States and third countries.

 

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Co-funded by the Internal Security Fund of the European Union

 

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