Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 220

International police cooperation: MEPs back Europol-Ukraine deal to fight organised crime

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 25 novembre 2016

ucrainaAn agreement establishing police cooperation between Europol and Ukraine, aimed at strengthening the mutual fight against organised crime such as drug related crimes and human trafficking, was backed by the European Parliament on Tuesday.The “operational and strategic” agreement allow for the exchange of information, including personal data. Such information could come in the form of specialist knowledge, general situation reports, results of strategic analysis and information on criminal investigation procedures and crime-prevention methods. It could also include participation in training activities and advice and support during individual criminal investigations.”We are living in trying times, both for the European Union and our Eastern Neighbourhood,” said rapporteur Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG) ahead of the vote. “We have to face major common challenges such as terrorism, war, migration, economic downturn, or energy security. Stability is our most important goal and this agreement will help make us, EU citizens, safer”. “Strategic and operational cooperation between Ukraine and Europol is essential to reinforce cooperation in the area of security, information exchange and the fight against crime. Reinforced security cooperation between the EU, its member states and Ukraine is consistent and complementary with the rapprochement taking place in other areas such as the mobility of European and Ukrainian citizens,” she added.
According to Europol, Ukraine is increasingly relevant in the fight against organised crime, more specific drug-related and economic crimes, human trafficking, smuggling and mobile (itinerant) organised crime groups. Information exchange will enable the EU, member states and Ukraine to more effectively prevent and combat organised crime, terrorism and other forms of international crime.Under the current rules established in the Europol Council Decision (2009/371/JHA), Parliament must only be consulted before the Council establishes police cooperation agreements with third countries. However, the rapporteur underlines that with new Europol regulation entering into force from 11 May 2016 and applying from 1 May 2017, the Commission will have to check all existing cooperation agreements to see if they comply with data protection standards and inform Parliament of the outcome of the assessment. Once this new Europol regulation applies, Parliament will get an equal say with the Council on future police cooperation agreements and its approval will be required in order for new agreements to get the green light.


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