Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have adopted a resolution in relation to the freezing of terrorists' bank accounts. The resolution sets out measures put forward by the European Commission following a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Kadi and Al Barakaat International Foundation v. Council and Commission 2008 in which the ECJ ruled that the current regulation in force on restrictive measures was a violation of fundamental rights and in particular the right of legal defence.
The resolution highlights that any future measures to freeze bank accounts linked to Al-Qaida must allow the individual subjected to the measure a right to defend themselves and must be approved by the European Parliament. The European Parliament has also requested to be consulted on any future "restrictive measures" against individuals who pose a threat to the rule of law in Zimbabwe and Somalia. In relation to data protection, the resolution sets out that any data transferred to non-EU countries must be adequately protected.