Piotr Nowina-Konopka of the European Parliament's new Washington, DC liaison office, suggests the catalyst for changes in the U.S. government's mindset when it comes to the EU was parliament's decision to reject a deal allowing U.S. access to Europeans' banking data on data privacy grounds, EUobserver reports. "Few people really paid attention until SWIFT exploded," he said, adding, "this wake call seems to be very healthy. I no longer have to explain from scratch how important the European Parliament is." Nowina-Konopka's goal is to keep EU and U.S. legislatures informed about what the other is doing, the report states, with possible future flashpoints including "U.S. demands for extensive air passenger data while both sides are carefully watching how the other seeks to regulate the financial sector."
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