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Lawmaker Disapproves of Current PNR Deal

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—EU & U.S.

February 1, 2012

The New York Times reports on comments made by Dutch MEP Sopie in 't Veld about the passenger name record deal between the EU and U.S. The European Parliament (EP) should vote down the deal, she said, because it does not address EP concerns and is not in line with European law, the report states. "It is deeply disappointing," said in 't Veld, "that nine years of negotiations with our closest friend and ally, the United States of America, have not resulted in an agreement that respects European standards on fundamental rights...the new agreement represents a deterioration on many points." Expressing hope that the EP would pass the legislation, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström said there were "robust safeguards" in place. The EP is expected to vote on the deal in April. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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