Labour MEPs back key EU anti-terrorism measures to strengthen cross-border cooperation

Labour MEPs today reaffirmed their backing for stronger European Union anti-terror measures, including passenger name records (PNR) and the Prüm convention on the cross-border exchange of information.

The European Parliament civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee today voted to strengthen PNR measures, while in Westminster, MPs this week unanimously backed UK accession to the Prüm convention.

The purpose of the anti-terrorism measures is to strengthen cross-border cooperation and the exchange of information to combat terrorism and cross-border crime more effectively, with the aim of incorporating these provisions into the legal framework of the EU.

Claude Moraes MEP, chair of the civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee, said:

“Labour MEPs support passenger name records and other key anti-terrorism EU measures that will enhance the security of UK citizens.

“Having in place an EU PNR system with all the adequate and necessary data protection safeguards will help to ensure that the police and intelligence services are tackling terrorism threats more effectively by increasing intelligence sharing amongst law enforcement agencies, as will our joining the Prüm convention.

“The upcoming data protection directive will also act as a key facilitator for the EU PNR by providing stronger guarantees for the work of law enforcement agencies whilst upholding fundamental rights.

“Following today’s vote it is now up to national governments to quickly implement an effective PNR system which will be used as an effective tool for fighting terrorism and serious crime.”