Romanian National Passenger Information Unit established at Ministry of Interior
The Ministry of Interior announced the
creation of a National Passengers Information Unit that will process
information collected from airlines about passengers of inbound and
outbound flights form Romania's airports.
The new unit will be part
of the General Border Police Inspectorate and is meant to prevent and
fight terrorism and related crimes as well as criminal offense
against national security.The passenger information system will
allow the relevant national authorities to conduct relevant
assessment in terms of potential national security threats to counter
them before passengers' arrival.
"It is important for Romania,
which has the prospects of entering the Schengen Area with air
borders at a first stage, to implement measures and mechanisms to
prevent and fight against terrorism acts in the current European and
world security context," declared Minister Gabriel Oprea and
reported by Agerpress.
In 2012, the European Commission issued
a call for fundable proposals for the establishment of such national
units that later on will allow the establishment of an EU-wide
network, which, through interconnection, could allow the member
states better use of such information in order to ensure the European
Union's internal security. Several EU member states including France,
Denmark and the UK have already adopted the national legislation for
the collection and use of passenger information.