EU/UNITED STATES: AGREEMENT ON TRANSFER OF AIRLINE PASSENGER DATA MAY BE REFERRED TO THE COURT OF JUSTICE.
An extraordinary meeting of the European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee has been called for June 16 to discuss the consequences of the signing of an Agreement between the EU and the United States on the transfer of personal data on airline passengers. This meeting may lead to a further appeal to the European Union Court of Justice. According to the Greens/EFA group, the meeting should determine "under what terms such an appeal might be lodged". The Greens have welcomed the convening of the meeting, which is regarded as a "vital step in the presentation of an appeal". Official procedure provides that the Parliament's President can present an appeal against a legislative act to the Court of Justice on the basis of a recommendation from the Legal Affairs Committee. Any appeal must be presented within two months of the adoption of an act. The European Parliament decided on April 21 to appeal to the Court of Justice regarding the legality of what was then just a draft agreement, but this procedure was rendered null and void by the signing of the text. (See issue 2854 for details of the agreement, which officially authorises the United States Customs Bureau to source personal data on airline passengers travelling to the United States from carriers' reservation systems.)
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|Date:||Jun 5, 2004|
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