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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 229

Denmark-Europol: Civil Liberties MEPs vote first step towards the establishment of a cooperation agreement

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 febbraio 2017

europolDenmark should be added to the list of countries with which Europol can conclude operational cooperation agreements, the Civil Liberties Committee recommended on Thursday. However, MEPs also stress that such an agreement would be exceptional and should only be transitional.
The Committee passed the draft report by Agustín Díaz de Mera García Consuegra (EPP, ES) unanimously (42 votes in favour) recommending that Denmark be added to the list, but also calling on the Council to provide “for an expiry date of five years after the date of entry into force of the agreement.”Including such a sunset clause would be in line with the Declaration by the President of the European Council, the President of the Commission and the Prime Minister of Denmark of 15 December 2016, MEPs say and point out that the declaration stresses not only the operational needs, but also the “exceptional and transitional nature of the foreseen arrangement between Europol and Denmark”.
The recommendation to add Denmark to the list of countries with which Europol can conclude cooperation agreements is scheduled for a plenary vote next week in Strasbourg (13-16 Feb).
Adding Denmark to the list of countries with which Europol can conclude cooperation agreements (Decision 2009/935/JHA) constitutes a first step towards setting up an operational cooperation agreement between Denmark and Europol so as to minimise the negative impact of Denmark’s departure from Europol on 1 May 2017, following the Danish referendum on 3 Dec. 2015, and avoid creating gaps in the joint fight against serious crime and terrorism.
After the plenary vote on the recommendation to add Denmark to the list, Council will need to consult Parliament on establishing the concrete cooperation agreement between Europol and Denmark.
Parliament has no formal say on adding Denmark to the list and establishing a cooperation agreement, but it needs to be consulted on both issues before an agreement can be concluded.

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