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EU, Canada sign new deal on air passengers data

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The European Union and Canada signed a new agreement on the processing and transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data by air carriers to the Canadian authorities.

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It will replace the existing agreement. The goal of the agreement is to set a legal framework for the transfer of PNR data by carriers operating passenger flights between the European Union and Canada to the Canadian authorities and the subsequent use of that data by these authorities. The data may be used to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute terrorist offenses or serious transnational crimes.

Theodoros N. Sotiropoulos,Permanent Representative of the Hellenic Republic to the EU, signed on behalf of the EU. For Canada, the agreement was signed by Luc Portelance, President of the Canada Border Services Agency.

The agreement is subject to approval by the European Parliament, after which the European Council can adopt its decision on the conclusion of the agreement.

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