Parízek: The Exchange of Passenger Data is a Security Issue in the Context of the Fight against Terrorism

Parízek: The Exchange of Passenger Data is a Security Issue in the Context of the Fight against Terrorism

31.10.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE

A Seminar of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Passenger Data Exchange was launched in Vienna today (31 October 2019). It was opened by Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Special Representative for Slovakia’s Chairmanship in the OSCE, and Paul Bekkers, Director of the Office of the OSCE Secretary General. Representatives of international security organizations and national agencies, professional associations, airlines and air technology companies are participating in the two-day event. 

In 2017 in reaction to the increased risk of the return of foreign terrorist fighters after the loss of territory held by terrorist groups in conflict zones, the UN Security Council adopted UN Resolution No. 2396. The two day seminar in Vienna focuses on the control of meeting the commitments involved, the exchange of experience of the various countries and the report of those involved in the transportation branch about practical measures. 


“All the countries agree that the security of borders and the fight against terrorism and organized crime are part of national security. At the same time we honor the principle of mobility and that of freedom of movement. The balance between these values is an everyday challenge for individual states and international organizations,” stated Parízek at the beginning of the event.


The key topics of the seminars are the legal regulations concerning the processing and transferring of passenger data, the cooperation of state administration with airlines and the procedures for the analysis of data and passenger profiling. In relation to the preparation for the new system for processing data on those entering and leaving the European Union and its digitalization, experts discussed the topics of technical assistance, the resources and capacity building available for states and the cooperation with international security organizations. 

The discussion on the implementation of the UN Resolution and the security in the wide OSCE region is in line with the program priorities of Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2019. Effective multilateralism is one of the areas on which Slovakia concentrates.