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International police cooperation: Civil Liberties MEPs back draft deal with China to fight organised crime

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 settembre 2016

pechinoA draft agreement establishing police cooperation between Europol and China to strengthen the mutual fight against organised crime, such as trafficking in human beings, drug related crimes and cybercrime, was endorsed by Civil Liberties MEPs on Monday afternoon.
The new cooperation agreement allows for strategic cooperation only. This could involve exchange of information such as specialist knowledge, general situation reports, strategic analysis, information on criminal investigation procedures and the provision of advice and support in individual criminal investigations. The strategic agreement does not allow for any exchange of personal data.
According to Europol, China is increasingly relevant as a source-, destination- and transit-country in the fight against organized crime, such as facilitated illegal immigration, trafficking in human beings, drug related crimes, euro-counterfeiting, Intellectual Property Rights infringements, sport corruption, as well as cybercrime and money laundering related activities. Furthermore, China is home to several high-impact organized criminal groups.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 in 2017, Parliament is required to give the green light to new international police agreements.The committee endorsed the draft recommendation to establish police cooperation with China by 30 votes to 6, with 5 abstentions. The draft recommendation is scheduled for a Plenary vote during the first week of October in Strasbourg.

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