EU Council President Donald Tusk has urged the European Parliament to drop its aversion to sharing airline passenger data after the Paris massacre. German President Joachim Gauck says democracy is stronger than terror.
Tusk, speaking in Latvia on Friday, said one response to Wednesday's killing of 12 people at Paris' Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly would be to share airline passenger data so that dangerous people could be identified.
Socialist, Green, Liberal and far-left members of the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee joined forces in 2013 and voted down the proposal to exchange passenger data on the grounds that it would infringe on the privacy of EU citizens.
Tusk on Friday said Europe needed, however, to "do more."
"The European Union cannot do everything - but it can contribute to strengthening our security," Tusk said.
Speed up compromise, says Tusk
Visiting Latvia's capital Riga, he recalled that in reaction to the attacks on New York and Washington by al Qaeda hijackers in 2001, the EU had developed the European Arrest Warrant.
"Next week in Strasbourg I will appeal to the European Parliament to speed up work on the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) system, which can help in detecting the travel of dangerous people," Tusk said.
The proposal would allow police and intelligence agencies to access several years of data of passengers traveling in and out of the EU.
Tusk, speaking on Friday as a French police manhunt for the two suspected terrorists focused on the town of Dammartin-en-Goele, said he would press for tighter security when he chaired next Monday's Brussels summit of EU leaders.
The former Polish premier said his initiative followed talks he had had Thursday with French President Francois Hollande.