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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 259

International police cooperation – MEPs give green light to deal with Brazil to fight organised crime

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 marzo 2016

europolA new agreement establishing police cooperation between Europol and Brazil to reinforce the fight against organised crime, such as facilitating illegal immigration and human trafficking, drug related crimes and credit card fraud and other cybercrime related activities was passed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Wednesday by 42 votes to 5, with 6 abstentions.”The agreement on strategic cooperation between Brazil and Europol will be of particular importance, particularly in the run up to the 2016 Olympic games, to support the fight against organised crime, including human trafficking and cybercrime”, said Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) who is responsible for steering the proposal through Parliament.”This agreement will enable the exchange of specialist knowledge, information as well as advice and support related to criminal investigations with full respect of fundamental rights to privacy and without involving the exchange of personal data,” he added.Under the current rules, Parliament must only be consulted before the Council establishes police cooperation agreements with third countries. However, in the recently concluded talks on new rules to govern Europol, Parliament’s negotiators insisted on inserting a review clause on all such agreements.This means that all existing international agreements between Europol and third countries will be assessed within five years after the entry into force of the new regulation in order to check that they comply fully with data protection standards and meet EU standards on policing.Under the Lisbon Treaty, Parliament decides on an equal footing with Council on Europol. Once the new Europol regulation enters into force, Parliament will be required to approve all new international police agreements.
The recommendation to establish strategic cooperation between Europol and Brazil is scheduled for a Plenary vote in April. Once Parliament has been heard, the Council of Ministers can authorise Europol to formally conclude the agreement, so that it can enter into force.

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