The transposition period of the EU Directive 2016/681 comes 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 offences and serious crime. As usual with EU Directives, Member States where given a two-year transposition period to transpose their national legislation.
Passenger Name Record (PNR) data contains records of passengers’ travel information. This can include: itineraries, personal information and travel date. 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.