13th Aug 2020

Secret EU report moots sharing personal data with US

A secret report prepared by experts from six European Union member states suggests creating an anti-terrorist pact with Washington which would include sharing intelligence across the 27-strong bloc.

The 53-page report drafted by the interior and justice ministers from Germany, France, Sweden, Portugal, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic - recent, current and future EU presidency countries - argues that the stronger link with the US is needed to boost the fight against terrorism, UK daily The Guardian reported.

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  • The document puts together ideas on how the EU's security policy should develop over the next five years (Photo: EUPM)

The new initiative is dubbed as "Euro-Atlantic area of cooperation" and it should involve the transfer of huge amounts of information on EU citizens and travellers to the US.

Negotiations over such a pact have so far been unsuccessful due to privacy concerns in some European countries and institutions but the new report - handed over to all governments last month - suggests that it should be finalised by 2014 at the latest.

"The EU should make up its mind with regard to the political objective of achieving a Euro-Atlantic area of cooperation with the United States in the field of freedom, security and justice," said the report.

In addition, the document argues that anti-terrorist campaigns can only be effective if "maximum information flow between [EU] member states is guaranteed," adding "Relevant security-related information should be available to all security authorities in the member states."

Among other proposals, the document suggests setting up "networks of anti-terrorist centres" as well as boosting powers of security-related European agencies and institutions, such as Europol [police body], Frontex [external frontiers body], and Sitcen [joint intelligence centre].

The document puts together ideas on how the EU's security policy should develop over the next five years. Its preparation was launched by Germany last year.

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