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". Mr President, Mr Vice-President of the Commission, I have listened with very careful attention to what you have had to say, and I do not think anyone could deny your good intentions. Good intentions are not, however, always put to good effect, as many of us, and many millions of ordinary Europeans discover on a daily basis when they are confronted, at European airports, with behaviour the rights and wrongs of which they are unable to judge and the point of which escapes them. In particular, there are three questions that remain to be answered. How far are these measures actually allowed to go? Where is the boundary at which harassment and arbitrary authority begin? I might add that people are not even dealing with officials, but rather, on the whole, with the staff of a security firm, who suddenly put their acting sheriff's hats on and demand everything conceivable of them. Secondly, are the annoyances to which passengers are exposed acceptably proportionate to the gain in security? Thirdly, do these measures really enhance security or are the powers-that-be merely covering their own backs? Until such time as we are able to examine for ourselves the actual legal documents by which the inspectors are guided, we will not be able to ascertain whether or not we are being treated properly, and until such time as credible risk assessments are carried out and communicated to the public in proper form, Europeans will be unable to judge whether what is being done is right and proper and really does enhance security or whether – as some feel – it is being used as a form of harassment, something that will end up rebounding on the European Union in a way about which none of us can be indifferent."@en1

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