Quick notes: Today the Spanish minister is grilled over SWIFT in LIBE.
MEP Albrecht for instance stressed an alleged incompatibility of the prolonged agreement with the national constitutional order without getting into details, obviously he has a scrutiny process in mind. Council statement a “nonsequi” another member said and highlighted a contradiction concerning SWIFT adoption, that on the one hand Parliament has to be heard but on the other hand member states argue parliament intervention may not effect the agreement conclusion.
All of the members seem to be pretty upset about the Council take on SWIFT. My notes on the second minister response:
The Council decided on the substance of Swift.
On the decision substance..
Perview of parliament
Period of change
Extending something which already existst
SWift is under restructuring.
Information from North American can not be given, prior
No itention whatsoever of extracting information.
30 Nov deadline legal base to maintain of that system, just extentions
under international law impossible to postpone because unilateral decision
this parliament would decide
security and data protection in particular.
in line with charter
time to get information, listen to experts, solid alternative, only intention behind.
NO decision on the substance, No change to status quot, just extention, this parliament will decide.
Highlevel-WG set up between EU and US, soon reports.
Aware of concerns data protection
Has to be debated HERE in the chamber.
Experts telling SWIFT measures very effective in fight against terrorism.
Apparently still no one seems aware of the “business espionage” toxic mix concerning SWIFT data.
A few quick questions that come to my mind:
- members of US-EU HLG?
- legal base of US-EU HLG = really a “HLG” in the Com sense?
- Presidency aware that SWIFT is non-governmental?
- “extention” in what way?
A rapporteur is assigned for SWIFT (MEP Hennis-Plassaert), PNR (MEP in ‘t Veld, ALDE) etc. LIBE will write to the Legal Service in a fast-track procedure on the substance of SWIFT