European Parliament slams Council over PNS pact

Jeremy Phillips

The European Parliament has adopted a report criticising the Council of Ministers for concluding an agreement with Australia on the processing and transfer of passenger name records (PNR) without consulting or even informing the European Parliament. MEPs are concerned about the consequences of the agreement for EU citizens’ right to data protection.

The report was adopted with 610 votes in favour, 29 against and 47 abstentions. The House says the procedure followed for the conclusion of the agreement lacked democratic legitimacy, as at no stage was there any meaningful democratic scrutiny or parliamentary approval. Despite repeated requests, Parliament was neither informed nor consulted.

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