The European Parliament called today (23 October) for the suspension of a counter-terrorism agreement with the US following reports that US intelligence services had breached the agreement's privacy safeguards.
The vote in plenary is non-binding. It calls on the European Commission to initiate the process of suspending the agreement, which gives US counter-terrorism officials access to global bank transfer data carried by the SWIFT messaging network.
Socialists, Liberals, Greens and the far left supported the suspension, while most centre-right MEPs – the single largest group in the Parliament – voted against it.
The Parliament's resolution is significant primarily as a political signal. Any Commission proposal to suspend the Swift agreement would require the backing of a weighted majority of member states to take effect, which is a highly unl
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