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Council Decision of 13 December 2011 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the use and transfer of Passenger Name Records to the United States Department of Homeland Security (2012/471/EU)

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Council Decision

of 13 December 2011

on the signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the use and transfer of Passenger Name Records to the United States Department of Homeland Security

(2012/471/EU)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Articles 82(1)(d) and 87(2)(a), in conjunction with Article 218(5) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1) On 2 December 2010, the Council adopted a decision, together with negotiation directives, authorising the Commission to open negotiations between the Union and the United States of America on the transfer and use of Passenger Name Records (PNR) to prevent and combat terrorism and other serious transnational crime.

(2) The negotiations were successfully concluded by the initialling of the Agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the use and transfer of Passenger Name Records to the United States Department of Homeland Security, (‘the Agreement’).

(3) The Agreement respects the fundamental rights and observes the principles recognised in particular by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, notably the right to private and family life, recognised in Article 7 thereof, the right to the protection of personal data, recognised in Article 8 thereof and the right to effective remedy and fair trial recognised in Article 47 thereof. This Agreement should be applied in accordance with those rights and principles.

(4) In accordance with Articles 1 and 2 of the Protocol (No 21) on the Position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the area of Freedom, Security and Justice annexed to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and without prejudice to Article 4 of that Protocol, those Member States are not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and are not bound by it or subject to its application.

(5) In accordance with Articles 1 and 2 of the Protocol (No 22) on the Position of Denmark annexed to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Denmark is not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by the Agreement or subject to its application.

(6) The Agreement should be signed, subject to its conclusion,

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