EU Parliament Urges Ending Data Agreement with US 10/23/13
BRUSSELS - European lawmakers narrowly approved a resolution seeking to scrap an agreement that grants U.S. authorities access to bank data for terrorism-related investigations.
The non-binding resolution on Wednesday followed leaks by Edward Snowden alleging the U.S. National Security Agency targeted a Belgium-based system of international bank transfers, known as SWIFT.
The resolution - adopted 280-254 with 30 abstentions - comes as a major rebuke, and shows the continuing outrage in Europe over Washington's surveillance programs.
The measure's opponents say cancelling the agreement would jeopardize a powerful tool in the fight against terrorism. Supporters say the alleged spying grossly violated the agreement and thereby voided it.
A majority of the 28-nation bloc's member states could decide to scrap the so-called Terrorist Finance Tracking Program if a violation were to be proven.