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Better and more robust rights for rail passengers

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 ottobre 2020

The updated legislation on rail passengers’ rights will guarantee rerouting and help passengers when there are delays and cancellations, improve access and assistance to people with reduced mobility, and help to create more dedicated spaces for bicycles.If delays of over 100 minutes occur, the rail operators will be obliged to reroute passengers in any way possible and assist travellers to find the best alternatives, as is the case with air carriers.Under the new rules, rail operators would have to provide through-ticketing on all their routes, covering all legs of the journey with a similar high level of protection.The deal includes a shorter pre-notification obligation and better assistance for disabled people. Travellers with reduced mobility should notify the operator of their travel plans 24 hours in advance (under current rules, they have to notify the operator 48 hours in advance).In an effort to provide more sustainable mobility and comfortable alternatives, all trains will have to be equipped with dedicated spaces and racks for bicycles.The provisional agreement also ends the existing exemptions for long-distance domestic services by December 2024 and provides more clarity on what can be considered a force majeure.The new passenger rights will cover also regional services and will include the rerouting obligation, through-ticketing option and assistance to all passengers, especially to those with reduced mobility. The Council will adopt its first reading position once both institutions confirm the provisional agreement. The Parliament will vote on the agreed text formally in the second reading.

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Airport Passenger Screening Systems Market

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 settembre 2018

The “Airport Passenger Screening Systems Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2018-2023” report has been added to’s offering.
The global airport passenger screening systems market has reached a value of US$ 2.1 Billion in 2017. The airport passenger screening systems market is currently being catalyzed by rising security needs and the introduction of innovative, and effective products and services that meet this demand.Airport passenger screening system is a system that is used to scan the passengers before they can board a plane. Generally, even after passing through the screening system, passengers are screened manually using a metal detector by the police personnel. But the need for secure and effective screening systems over the few years have risen significantly due to the current air traffic uplift throughout the globe.Improvement in the current screening systems is imperative as passengers remain a key part of airport operations, and efficiency in the same can help increase timely performance and operability of the airport. In recent times, added importance are being placed on commuter screening systems at airports, both by the government as well as private organizations. The passenger screening system can be segregated on the basis of type, i,e, advanced imaging system, explosive detection system, and metal detection system. These innovative systems can also spot undetectable items, including metallic and non-metallic ones.With major OEMs pouring-in investments to introduce next-generation passenger screening systems, the future of the market looks positive. The usage of advanced imaging systems is growing at a massive scale, which will further augment the growth of the global airport passenger screening systems market. Millimeter wave technology, which boasts the ability to see through people’s clothing and identify undetectable objects can also be a major player in the market. Moreover, rising security needs across the globe will ensure long-term growth and implementation of airport passenger screening systems.Looking forward, the market value is projected to exceed US$ 2.7 Billion by 2023, exhibiting a CAGR of more than 4.1% during 2018-2023.

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Passenger numbers increase by 6% on previous season

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 11 gennaio 2017

Abu Dhabi, UAE The cruise sector in Abu Dhabi is celebrating a year of achievement with record numbers of ship calls and passengers arriving in the emirate during the previous season and the successful launch of tAbu Dhabihe Arabian Gulf’s only dedicated cruise beach stopover.
During the season, which runs from October until June, Abu Dhabi received more than 100 ship calls for the first time ever, seven regional rotational callers, which is the highest ever recorded, and welcomed more than 228,000 passengers, making the emirate a firm fixture on the world cruise map.The previous season, Abu Dhabi reported 94 ship calls and 200,000 passengers. Ten years ago just 35,000 passengers and 29 ship arrivals visited the emirate. Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), which is responsible for developing the industry in the emirate along with its partners, expects annual growth rate to exceed more than 10 per cent following a highly successful 2015-16 season and a strong start to the new season, which will be the longest Abu Dhabi has held.
The rise in projected passenger figures, currently estimated at 250,000 passengers this season, to reach 450,000 by 2020 and 808,000 by 2025, is due to a series of initiatives to encourage the emirate to develop its cruise sector as this has been identified as a primary niche product in the emirate’s economic diversification. Towards the end of 2016, Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach was opened in the Western Region and is now the Gulf region’s only dedicated desert island cruise stopover, which will attract more than 60,000 passengers in its first season. The official launch coincided with the arrival of the MSC Fantasia, which has made Abu Dhabi Cruise terminal its winter sun home port.
HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi, said: “Our strategic intervention is strengthening the cruise sector’s influence on the tourism economy and contributing to the emirate’s economic diversification. This is now Abu Dhabi’s longest ever cruise season where we will welcome 139 ship calls to Abu Dhabi and 39 to Sir Bani Yas Island.
“This season we welcome the home porting of Celebrity Constellation, MSC Fantasia and AIDA Cruises and have nine regional rotational callers confirmed – which is the highest ever – and expect 10 maiden callers. Together with Abu Dhabi Ports and Etihad Airways we have been actively pursuing opportunities to achieve greater levels of growth through developing long-term partnerships and cooperation which adds more value to the services and facilities we offer.”
In December, TCA Abu Dhabi hosted the Sea Trade Middle East Cruise Forum on Al Maryah Island where senior cruise line executives, tourism authorities, industry stakeholders and global tour operators heard that the Authority and its cruise stakeholders have worked together with leading cruise lines to develop infrastructure, streamline marketing efforts and create a first-class cruise destination.
Crucial to the ongoing success of the cruise sector has been the successful launches of the new Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal in 2015 and the Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach destination.
Further increases in passenger numbers are expected in upcoming cruise seasons as Abu Dhabi is poised to become the regional hub for ‘Halal Cruising’. TCA Abu Dhabi is working on new initiatives to encourage cruise lines to cater for the needs of Muslim travellers and stimulate regional and home-grown demand.
TCA Abu Dhabi has already partnered with – the world’s leading online halal accommodation booking platform – and many local destination management companies are now supporting international operators with halal products.
By improving on shore excursions across the emirate and offering a diverse choice of activities and attractions, cruise partners are hopeful of making Abu Dhabi a not-to-miss destination in the Arabian Gulf for potential passengers choosing their itineraries and holidays while in their home countries.
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction which enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The authority manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The authority supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key authority role is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.

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EU Passenger Name Record (PNR): Press conference ahead of final vote

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 13 aprile 2016

Singapore AirlinesMEPs are set to vote on Thursday 14 April on an EU directive regulating the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data in the fight against terrorism and serious crime. Negotiators from Parliament and Council reached last December a provisional deal on the legislation, which was endorsed by the Civil Liberties committee on 10 December. The Parliament´s rapporteur was Mr Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK) Under the new rules, airlines will have to hand EU countries their passengers´ data to help combatting terrorism and other forms of serious crime. The data will be kept for 5 years, but after the first six months they will be “masked out”, i.e., all personal identifying information will be rendered invisible.

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EU Passenger Name Record (PNR): Civil Liberties Committee backs EP/Council deal

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 dicembre 2015

european parliamentThe provisional deal reached by Parliament and Council negotiators last week on an EU directive regulating the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime was endorsed by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee on Thursday by 38 votes to 19, with 2 abstentions. The draft directive will be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole early next year.”We cannot wait any longer to put this system in place. (…) The choice is not between an EU PNR system and no EU PNR system; it is between an EU PNR system and 28 national PNR systems that will have vastly differing, or absent, standards for protecting passenger data”, said Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee lead negotiator on the EU PNR proposal, Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK).
The EU PNR directive would oblige airlines to hand EU countries their passengers’ data in order to help the authorities to fight terrorism and serious crime. MEPs sought to ensure, in three-way talks (“trilogues”) with the Council and Commission, that the draft law complies with the proportionality principle and includes strict personal data protection safeguards.PNR data is information provided by passengers and collected by air carriers during reservation and check-in procedures, such as travel dates, travel itinerary, ticket information, contact details, baggage information, payment information, etc.
The agreed directive will provide for the transfer by air carriers to EU member states’ “Passenger Information Units” (PIUs) of PNR data of passengers of “extra-EU flights” (i.e. from a third country to an EU member state or vice-versa). It will allow, but not oblige, member states to apply its provisions also to “intra-EU flights” (i.e. from an EU member state to one or more of the other). If a member state wishes to apply this directive to intra-EU flights, “it shall give notice in writing to the Commission to that end”, says the text.Non-carrier economic operators, such as travel agencies and tour operators which provide travel-related services including booking flights, for which they collect and process PNR data, are not included in the directive’s scope, but it does allow member states to provide, under their domestic law, for a system for collecting and processing PNR data from these operators. The PNR data may be processed “only for the purposes of prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime”. A single list of offences has been agreed upon, including, for example, trafficking in human beings, participation in a criminal organisation, cybercrime, child pornography, and trafficking in weapons, munitions and explosives.
The PNR data provided by the air carriers to the national PIUs is to be retained for a period of five years. For the first six months, the data will be “unmasked”, i.e. will include personal identifying information. The data will then have to be “masked out” for the remaining four and a half years. Depersonalising data through “masking out” means rendering certain data elements of such data invisible to a user, such as name(s), including the names of other passengers on PNR and number of travellers on PNR travelling together, address and contact information, etc. (i.e. data elements which could serve to directly identify the passenger to whom the PNR data relate).At the insistence of the Parliament’s lead negotiator, the initial storage period during which the PNR data are not “masked out” is six months (the Council’s general approach sought to prolong the first period during which the data are fully accessible to two years, from the 30 days in the initial Commission proposal presented in 2011).
Data protection safeguards inserted by MEPs during the negotiations include:
• an obligation for national PIUs to appoint a data protection officer responsible for monitoring the processing of PNR data and implementing the related safeguards, and to act as a single point of contact on all issues relating to the processing of the passengers’ PNR data,
• duties and powers for the national supervisory authority, which will be in charge of checking the lawfulness of the data processing and conduct investigations, and
• access to the full PNR data set, which enables users to immediately identify the data subject, should be granted only under very strict and limited conditions after the initial retention period.
All processing of PNR data should be logged or documented, and passengers should be clearly and precisely informed about the collection of PNR data and their rights.
At MEPs’ request, the agreed text requires the Commission to carry out a review of the EU PNR directive two years after its transposition into national laws. It must pay special attention to compliance with personal data protection standards, the necessity and proportionality of collecting and processing PNR data for each of the stated purposes, the length of the data retention period, and also “the effectiveness of the sharing of data between the member states”. The necessity of introducing non-carrier economic operators within the scope of the directive should also be looked at during the review process, says the agreed text.In the light of this review, a proposal to amend the EU PNR directive could be presented.

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EU PNR: Parliament’s rapporteur welcomes Home Affairs Ministers green light to deal

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 dicembre 2015

bruxelles (1)Following the Justice and Home Affairs Council confirmation of the deal on the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) directive, the Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee lead negotiator, Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK), said:”I am very pleased that the Council has accepted the proposal I put forward earlier this week [see press release from 2 December].We cannot wait any longer to put this system in place. This is a good agreement that will deliver an effective tool for fighting terrorism and serious crime.This has always been a careful balancing act to ensure the system was proportionate to the risk that we face. I will now recommend that the Civil Liberties Committee accepts this deal without delay.PNR data is looking for patterns of behaviour, not profiling people’s background or seeking to extract sensitive information. Its usefulness is not restricted to detecting terrorists and foreign fighters; it has been crucial in the detection of people and drug trafficking, and other serious criminals.The choice is not between an EU PNR system and no EU PNR system; it is between an EU PNR system and 28 national PNR systems that will have vastly differing, or absent, standards for protecting passenger data.”
The Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee is expected to vote on the deal on 10 December. The draft directive will then be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole in early 2016 and formally approved by the EU Council of Ministers.Member states will have to transpose the EU PNR directive into their national laws at the latest two years after its entry into force. The UK and Ireland have opted in to this directive, while Denmark has a “blanket” opt-out for justice and home affairs legislation.

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EU PNR: MEPs to discuss possible changes to Commission proposal

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 giugno 2015

european commissionAmendments to the EU Passenger Name Record data (EU PNR) proposal will be discussed in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee on Thursday 4 June from 11.15 to 12.15. Of the 836 amendments tabled, 47 were presented by rapporteur Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK) in his draft report and 789 by MEPs from various political groups.The amendments touch on a wide range of issues, such as which flights should be included or excluded, the data retention period, several data protection provisions, clearer rules on how data should be processed and by whom, etc. Some amendments would reject the Commission proposal, and others would change it from a directive to a regulation.

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Passenger Name Record and data protection talks should go hand in hand, MEPs say

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 febbraio 2015

terrorist attackTo protect the EU against terrorist attacks and yet safeguard citizens’ rights, MEPs advocate de-radicalisation programmes, stepping up checks at Schengen area external borders, and better information exchange among EU member states, in a resolution voted on Wednesday. They urge member states to make faster progress on the Data Protection Package, so that talks could proceed in parallel with those on an EU Passenger Name Record proposal and thus deliver a full set of EU data protection rules.MEPs pledge to work “towards the finalisation of an EU PNR directive by the end of the year” and encourage member states to make progress on the Data Protection Package, so that negotiations on both proposals can take place in parallel. They aim to ensure that data collection and sharing is based on a coherent data protection framework offering legally-binding personal data protection standards across the EU.They also urge the Commission to assess the consequences of the EU Court of Justice’s annulment of the Data Retention Directive and to seek independent experts’ views on the “necessity and proportionality” of the PNR proposal.Tackling the growing threat posed by “EU foreign fighters”
MEPs call for a “multi-layer” approach to tackle radicalisation, calling on member states to:
• invest in educational and social schemes that address the root causes of radicalisation,
• counterbalance online incitement to perform terrorist acts,
• prevent recruitment and departures to join terrorist organisations,
• disrupt financial support to terrorist organisations and trafficking of firearms, and
• set up “disengagement and de-radicalisation” programmes.

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Parliament debates measures to tackle terrorism with Commissioner Avramopoulos

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 gennaio 2015

terrorist attacksAnti-terrorism measures, including the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal, preventing radicalisation, improving information exchange and the upcoming European Agenda on Security, will be debated with Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Wednesday at 15.00. MEPs will discuss the plans put forward by EU leaders after the terrorist attacks in Paris and give their input to an informal meeting of Justice and Home Affairs ministers on 29 January, in Riga (Latvia).

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MEPs refer EU-Canada air passenger data deal to the EU Court of Justice

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 26 novembre 2014

NLThe EU-Canada agreement on the transfer of Passenger Name Records (PNR) should be referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on whether it is in line with the EU treaties and Charter of Fundamental Rights, MEPs said in a vote on Tuesday. This is the first time that Parliament has asked that a PNR agreement be given a preliminary check by the Court before the final vote on the deal.The resolution was approved by 383 votes to 271, with 47 abstentions. Before voting on the resolution, MEPs rejected a proposal to postpone the vote (307 votes in favour of postponement, 380 against and 14 abstentions).”We want legal certainty for EU citizens and air carriers, not just with regard to the EU-Canada PNR agreement, but also as a benchmark for future agreements with other countries which involve the mass collection of European citizens’ personal data”, said Parliament’s rapporteur Sophie In’t Veld (ALDE, NL), after the vote.”Russia, Mexico, Korea and other countries with weaker data protection rules are collecting passenger flight information and might want to negotiate their own agreements soon. It should be clear that any agreement, present or future, must be compatible with EU treaties and fundamental rights and must not be used as a means to lower European data protection standards via the back door”, she added.
The draft resolution was tabled further to a critical opinion issued by the European Data Protection Supervisor on the proportionality of PNR schemes, bulk transfer of data and the choice of a legal basis for the agreement, and also to the recent ECJ ruling invalidating the 2006 Data Retention directive and condemning the bulk collection and storage of data of people not suspected of any crime as disproportionate. The PNR agreement was signed by the EU Council of Ministers and Canada on 25 June 2014, but needs Parliament’s consent to enter into force.Parliament’s final vote will now be adjourned until the Court has delivered its opinion. “There is no need for scaremongering. The delay caused by seeking the Court’s opinion will not result in a security gap”, Ms in’t Veld said.
Passenger Name Record (PNR) data is provided by passengers and collected by air carriers during the reservation and check-in procedures. It includes information such as name, dates of travel and travel itinerary, ticket information, address and phone numbers, means of payment used, credit card number, travel agent, seat number and baggage information. (photo sophia)

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Debate on plans to use EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) data to fight terrorism

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 12 novembre 2014

commissione europeaA draft law that would oblige airlines to hand EU countries the data of passengers entering or leaving the EU, in order to help fight serious crime and terrorism, will be discussed with the Commission and Council in the Civil Liberties Committee at 11.30. Debate on the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal, tabled in 2011, has gained momentum due to worries that Europeans returning home after fighting for the so-called “Islamic State” could pose a threat to the EU’s internal security.The EU PNR proposal, presented by the Commission in February 2011, would oblige air carriers to provide EU countries with the data of passengers entering or leaving the EU for use in preventing, detecting, investigating and prosecuting serious crime and terrorist offences.The draft directive was rejected by the Civil Liberties Committee in April 2013 by 30 votes to 25. MEPs voting against questioned the necessity and proportionality of the proposed EU scheme to collect airline passengers’ data, while those voting in favour highlighted its potential added value for EU counter-terrorism policy. In June 2013, Parliament decided in plenary session to refer the matter back to the Civil Liberties Committee.Debate on the proposal has gained momentum due to concerns over possible threats to the EU’s internal security posed by Europeans returning home after fighting for the so-called “Islamic State”. On 30 August 2014, the European Council called on Parliament and Council to finalise work on the EU PNR proposal before the end of the year.PNR data is information provided by passengers and collected by air carriers during reservation and check-in procedures. It contains several different types of information, such as travel dates, travel itinerary, ticket information, contact details, and means of payment used.

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Civil Liberties Committee green light for air passenger data deal with the US

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 marzo 2012

A Committee Room in the European Parliament (B...

A Committee Room in the European Parliament (Brussels) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Passenger Name Record (PNR) data are collected by air carriers during the reservation process and include, inter alia, names, addresses, credit card details and seat numbers of air passengers. Under US law, air companies are obliged to make these data available to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prior to passenger departure. This applies to flights to or from the US. The EU-US PNR deal was approved with 31 votes in favour, 23 against and one abstention. The EPP and ECR groups voted in favour. In a debate last February, a number of MEPs said that it was better to have an agreement, albeit not entirely satisfactory, than to have no agreement at all. The ALDE, Greens/EFA and GUE/NGL groups voted against, because they consider that data protection safeguards foreseen in the agreement do not meet EU standards. S&D MEPs were split.Following the vote, rapporteur Sophie in’T Veld (ALDE, NL) explained: “The results of the vote show clearly that there are very strong reservations against this agreement. However, the US made it very clear that a “no” vote would be answered by suspending visa-free travel to the US. Many colleagues – understandably – did not want to make this sacrifice. But it is highly regrettable that the fundamental rights of EU citizens have been bargained away under pressure”.
Sensitive data such as those revealing the racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, physical or mental health or sexual orientation of a passenger could be used in exceptional circumstances when a person’s life is at risk. This data is most frequently tied to a religious meal choice or requests for assistance due to a medical condition. This data would be accessed only case-by-case and would be permanently deleted after 30 days from receipt, unless it is used for a specific investigation.To prevent any accidental loss or unauthorised disclosure of data, PNR would be held in a secure environment protected with physical intrusion controls. Should their data be misused, EU citizens would have the right to administrative and judicial redress in the US. They would also have the right to access their own PNR data and seek rectification by the DHS, including the possibility of erasure, if the information is inaccurate.
The agreement will be put to a plenary vote on 19 April. If Parliament gives its consent, the Council will adopt a decision concluding the agreement, which would then be in force for seven years. If approved, the new agreement would replace the current one, which has applied provisionally since 2007. If Parliament as a whole rejects the 2011 PNR agreement, the 2007 deal would continue to apply provisionally (its expiry date is July 2014). In May 2010, Parliament postponed its vote on the 2007 agreement and called on the Commission to negotiate a new text. So if the 2011 deal is rejected, Parliament might have to vote on the 2007 deal too.
The European Parliament adopted in October 2011 a deal with Australia on the processing and transfer of PNR data. The EU is currently negotiating a new PNR agreement with Canada.

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