PNR data
15 April 2016

Adoption of the PNR

The draft PNR directive has been definitively adopted by the European Parliament in a step that was vital to reinforcing the fight against terrorism in Europe given the extremely high level of threat.

Content published under the Government Valls III from 2016 11th February to 2016 06th December
France welcomed the definitive adoption of the draft 'PNR' directive by the European Parliament this Thursday in what was a vital step in reinforcing the fight against terrorism in Europe given the extremely high level of threat.
Previous obstacles to this development have now been overcome. The PNR (Passenger Name Record) will be a precious tool in increasing the security of European citizens:
  • It will make it easier to detect the movements of Jihadist terrorists travelling by air upstream both across Europe and between Europe and other parts of the world in order to prevent them from carrying out their planned acts.
  • This tool will also represent a step forward with regard to the sharing of information between European police and intelligence services - one of the vital conditions to better protecting ourselves against an unprecedented and moving terrorist threat.
  • It will also help to more effectively fight organised crime networks and arms trafficking.
Two criteria had to be met in order for the European PNR system to be effective and truly operational:
  • Firstly, a sufficient data preservation period: this is fulfilled as data will be stored for 5 years.
  • Next, a commitment on the part of all Member States to ensuring that intra-European flights and chartered flights are included in the PNR scheme: this was enacted last December.
France will act resolutely alongside its partners to ensure that the directive is transposed to domestic law in the 28 Member States as quickly as possible. It launched the technical implementation of the system in 2014, with the financial support of the European Commission. The system will be trialled in France as of this summer with a view to it being gradually deployed as of late 2016.
Over the course of upcoming meetings of European Union Ministers of the Interior and following the meeting of the JHA council scheduled for 21 April in Luxembourg, France will continue to work with its partners on the urgent implementation of other means that are vital to fighting terrorism in Europe:
  • More efficient sharing of information on suspects between Member States through the accurate and systematic provision of information to the Schengen Information System, as a common database;
  • The revision of the firearms directive with a view to more effectively fighting arms trafficking;
  • Systematic checks at the external borders of the European Union;
  • An effective task force to detect fake passports, which are often used by Jihadists to enter Europe.

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