Split over sharing of airline passenger data
Germany will next week (11 April) come under pressure to support the sharing of data on airline passengers travelling between member states.
Appeared in print on 07.04.2011
Hans-Peter Friedrich, Germany’s interior minister, supports collecting data only on passengers travelling in and out of the EU, in line with a European Commission proposal made in February. But he is holding out against a proposal from the UK to process passenger name records (PNR) on intra-EU flights as well. The UK is the only member state that currently collects and analyses such data, for anti-terrorism purposes, but most member states support the UK proposal.