The European Commission has until autumn to propose mandates to the agreement allowing the U.S. access to EU passenger data on flights into or over the U.S., reports EU Observer. Though the Passenger Name Record (PNR) agreement has been in place since 2007, it must be renewed under the Lisbon Treaty. Dutch Liberal MEP Sophie in't Veld said improvements are needed to the deal, which provides U.S. authorities access to data on passengers in both "terrorism" and "serious crime" cases. She predicts that the PNR vote will be more difficult than the SWIFT deal, passed yesterday, "because our objections are stronger."
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