The transposition period of the EU Directive 2016/681 came to an end on 25th May 2018. Member States differ greatly in their readiness to meet technical and legal requirements.
The European Commission adopted on 27 April 2016, Directive (EU) 2016/681 on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offenses and serious crime. As usual with EU Directives, Member States where given a two-year transposition period to transpose the EU legislation into their national legislation.
PNR data contains records of passengers’ travel information. This can include itineraries, personal information and travel dates. Essentially, PNR data is considered all such information collected by air carriers and these are considered an important tool allowing to prevent, detect and investigate terrorism and other forms of serious crime. As per PNR Directive, Member States are obliged to establish specific bodies responsible for the collection, storage, and processing of air passenger data, called Passenger Information Units (PIUs).
As stated above, the transposition period ended on the 25th May 2018. Unfortunately, until this date, not all the Member States are ready with their technical solutions, national regulations and establishment of the PIU offices. The EBAA has received reports from members showcasing discrepancies in national transposition and interpretation of the Directive (EU) 2016/681.