PRIVACY/EU: THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT APPROVES BY LARGE MAJORITY THE REPORT ON PRIVACY DRAFTED BY MARCO CAPPATO (RADICAL MEP OF THE LISTA BONINO)


Strasbourg, 9th of March 2004


Declaration by Marco Cappato, Radical MEP of the Lista Bonino, European Parliament draftsman on privacy and data protection in the EU:


"The European Parliament has approved today by 439 votes in favour, 39 against and 28 abstentions the report on the right to privacy and data protection in the EU that I have proposed as EP draftsman, based on the first report by the European Commission on the implementation of directive 95/46/EC on privacy.
By approving the report, the EP asked the Commission to decidedly proceed against those Member States that have not adequately implemented the directive, after a 6 monts-period during which the Commission, Member States governments and national privacy authorities will examine a series of measures in order to assure the correct application of the European directive.
The EP furthermore emphasized that recent laws and policies adopted in the framework of the fight against terrorism put in serious danger the right to the privacy. In particular, national laws imposing the retention of data related to communications for long periods rise "doubts" on whether they are in accordance with the European Convention of Human Rights. The EP consequently asked to the European Commission to draft a document with guidelines for Member States on this issue.
The EP has moreover stated that national and European laws on privacy have been seriously violated by transferring to the United States transatlantic passengers data, and condemned the connivent attitude of Member States, of some national privacy authorities and of the European Commission.
I hope now that the EP decisions of today will be made more concrete by taking in front of the EU Court of Justice the European Commission, that is the first responsible of the current grave and serious violation of privacy laws in the EU."


The text of the Cappato report is available on the website www.radicalparty.org