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Passenger Name Record: EU reaches agreement

An interior view of the cabin of a Bombardier CSeries CS100 aircraft during showcase at Riga International Airport, Latvia Image copyright EPA
Image caption Passenger information including names, itineraries and credit card details will be collected

The EU has agreed on a system to share airline passenger details in a bid to improve counter-terrorism efforts.

The Passenger Name Record (PNR) system will allow access to passenger information including names, contact details and credit cards.

Details would be collected from European carrier flights entering or leaving the EU - as well as from those between member countries.

Security concerns were raised following the 13 November attacks in Paris.

What Paris means for Europe

The system would be "indispensable in the fight against terrorism", French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

Luxembourg Interior Minister Etienne Scheider said: "The compromise agreed today will enable the EU to set up an effective PNR system which fully respects fundamental rights and freedoms.

"After so many years of debate, we have finally reached a deal."

The PNR system was first proposed in 2007, but lawmakers struggled to pass it because of privacy concerns.

A new sense of urgency was brought to the negotiations in the wake of the Paris attacks.

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