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Published on November 29th, 2016 | by Elpida Tsiaka


Security Union: Commission presents implementation Plan on EU-PNR Directive

The Commission has presented November 28th, 2016, an implementation plan to support Member States in the transposition of the Directive on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime.

The Directive is an important instrument in the European Union’s response to the threat of terrorism including the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters. It not only requires all Member States to collect data of airline passengers but also to be able to process that data to detect patterns and anomalies. The Directive was adopted in April this year and should be transposed by 25 May 2018 at the latest.

Commissioner for the Security Union, Julian King said: “it’s essential that we do what we’ve committed to do to strengthen Europe’s internal security. That’s why one of my key priorities is implementation. The PNR directive will – once fully implemented – make a real difference. But it’s complex and requires planning to get it up and running. As promised, we’re now delivering an implementation plan to help Member States  be ready on time.” The Better Regulation implementation plan presented November 28th, 2016, provides guidance for Member States supporting their efforts towards the timely and effective transposition of the Directive. It contains a series of indicative milestones that Member States are encouraged to meet in order to set up PNR systems. The implementation plan also describes the support actions offered by the Commission.

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