House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union issues highly critical
report on the: Prum
Treaty report, full-text (pdf)
release (pdf) “The Committee have today criticised the German EU
Presidency for attempting to bypass the proper procedures in trying to
incorporate the Prüm Treaty into EU law.” The Prum Treaty provisions
cover the collection and exchange of DNA profiles, fingerprints
and vehicle registration data. (source).
One particular clause of the Prum Treaty sticks out to show
how they are trying to make agreements amongst a few member states, then stick
it on us all, with limited or no protections in place for the citizens.
17. When the interior
ministers of the G6—Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Poland—met at Heiligendamm
in March 2006 under German chairmanship, the Conclusions of the meeting
included the following passage:
Principle of availability
The ministers again
highlighted the importance of significantly improving cross-border information
exchange between law enforcement authorities, as already set out in the Hague
Programme. To rapidly achieve this objective, they advocate focusing on DNA, fingerprints and motor
vehicle registration data. At the same time they stressed that the promising
model offered by the Prüm Treaty, including online requests and hit/no hit
access, should be considered at EU level as soon as possible.
The ministers underscored
that rapid implementation of the availability principle must not depend on the
adoption of a framework decision on data protection in the third pillar.”
And you thought we lived in a democracy.
Just wait until the
constitutional Treaty is signed, and Tony Blair becomes President of Europe.