The European Commission has recommended on 27 September that the Council authorise the start of negotiations for an EU-Japan Agreement to allow the transfer and use of Passenger Name Record data, aiming to prevent and combat terrorism and transnational crime.

The Agreement highlights the key strategic partnership between the EU and Japan. It will set out the framework for the exchange of PNR data, in accordance with the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

“Japan is a strategic partner in the fight against terrorism and organised crime. Today we are taking this cooperation one step further – it is only by working together that we can enhance global security”, said EU Commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos.

The EU and Japan are long standing strategic partners, including in the fight against terrorism and serious crime, as reaffirmed in the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement signed last year.