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McDonald welcomes vote against inappropriate info gathering by European Commission

21 November, 2007

Mary Lou McDonald has welcomed the decision of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee of the European Parliament to remove a series of intrusive and inappropriate points from the European Commissions plans for population and housing censuses.


Speaking after the Committees vote in Brussels Ms McDonald said:


"Of particular concern were questions to be posed to women on first and current ‘consensual unions’. There really is no justification for European or National parliaments gathering this type of information.


“In light of the loss of sensitive data by British Authorities relating to 25 million individuals, EU measures which seek to build mass databases of such sensitive information accessed by unaccountable agencies across member states must be questioned.


“The European Commission really has no business gathering such intrusive information on any individual’s relationships. However what was even more disturbing was that the questions were to be only posed to women.


“In addition a number of other points have been removed as they delve into areas which would have been deemed intrusive and inappropriate if undertaken by a national government.


"I welcome the vote of the Committee today and hope that member state governments will support the view of the Parliament when it comes to them for final decision." CRÍOCH



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