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EU Commission defiance of EU Parliament unacceptable

12 May, 2004

Sinn Féin Dublin EU candidate Mary Lou McDonald has today said that "EU Commission defiance of the EU Parliament is unacceptable". Ms McDonald's comments came after reports that the EU Commission is set to go ahead with the transfer of airline passenger data to US authorities, despite opposition from the EU Parliament.

Speaking today Ms McDonald said:

"On the 21st April, the European Parliament concluded that the transfer of personal data from airline passengers to the US authorities breached EU privacy laws and voted to refer the matter to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

"Many MEPs were rightly concerned that the proposal would allow the US to retrieve 34 categories of personal data including names, addresses, phone numbers and credit card details of airline passengers travelling to the USA. The data could then be stored for a period of up to 3 ∏ years. This is unnecessarily intrusive.

"However, now it seems that the EU Commission are going to go ahead with this agreement, against the will of the EU Parliament. Once again we are witnessing a total disregard for EU Parliament decisions. EU Commission defiance of the EU Parliament is unacceptable and it is obvious that real power in the EU lies with the Commission and Council of Ministers." ENDS

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