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Council and European Parliament agree provisionally two Regulations establishing "interoperable" Big Brother database
5.2.18
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A press release from the Council of the European Union says:

Interoperability between EU information systems: Council Presidency and European Parliament reach provisional agreement (pdf):

"Today, the Romanian Presidency of the Council and representatives of the European Parliament reached a preliminary agreement on the two proposed regulations establishing a framework for interoperability between EU information systems in the area of justice and home affairs. The preliminary agreement will now be presented to EU ambassadors for confirmation on behalf of the Council."

The Romanian Council Presidency said:

"To make sure we detect those who pose a security threat or who are lying about their identity, competent authorities carrying out checks need to have a full picture of the person in front of them."

The rationale presented by the Council and the Commission is that this meets the threats from terrorism and migration and will only affect non-EU nationals.

However the Council and the Security Commissioner had made clear that the new centralised database is intended to include all new and existing databases. For example, EU PNR (Passenger Name Record) and the Prüm database (DNA, fingerprints and vehicle registrations of EU nationals).

See: Statewatch Observatory: Creation of a centralised Justice & Home Affairs database is "a point of no return".

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