Written by Costica Dumbrava (1st edition).
In December 2022, the Commission presented two proposals to revise the rules on the collection and transfer of advance passenger information (API) data – data collected by air carriers at check-in and sent to competent authorities in the country of destination prior to the flight’s take-off. One of the proposals is for a new regulation on the collection and transfer of API data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime.
The proposal seeks to align the rules on the collection and transfer of API data with the rules on the processing of passenger name records (PNR) – data from air travellers’ ticket reservations – in order to increase the effectiveness of the fight against serious crimes and terrorism in the EU. The proposal provides uniform criteria for the collection and transfer of API data on extra-EU flights and selected intra-EU flights. It builds on the provisions of another proposal for a regulation on the collection and transfer of API data for enhancing and facilitating external border controls. Both proposals rely on the establishment of a centralised router to enable the transmission of API data between air carriers and the competent national authorities dealing with API data.
The proposal falls under the ordinary legislative procedure. In the European Parliament, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has appointed a rapporteur, Assita Kanko (ECR, Belgium), who has begun preparing a draft report.
- June 2023: Advance passenger information (API) to tackle terrorism and serious crime (1st edition)
|Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the collection and transfer of advance passenger information for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime, and amending Regulation (EU) 2019/818|
|Committee responsible:||Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)||COM(2022) 731|
|Rapporteur:||Assita Kanko (ECR, Belgium)||2022/0425(COD)|
|Shadow rapporteurs:||Jeroen Lenaers (EPP, the Netherlands)|
Paul Tang (S&D, the Netherlands)
Jan-Christoph Oetjen (Renew, Germany)
Tinek Strik (Greens/EFA, the Netherlands)
Clare Daly (The Left, Ireland)
|Ordinary legislative procedure |
(COD) (Parliament and Council
on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
|Next steps expected: Publication of draft report|