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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 275

European Parliament gives a green light to cooperation agreement between Denmark and Europol

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 aprile 2017

DanimarcaA broad majority of MEPs on Thursday backed the proposal to establish an operational and strategic cooperation agreement between Denmark and Europol. Parliament backed the cooperation agreement with 569 votes to 8, with 62 abstentions.
“The fight against cross-border crime and terrorism necessitates close cooperation among EU member states. A sudden departure of Denmark from Europol could lead to operational gaps and reduce the EU’s capacity to fight organised crime and terrorism. It is therefore important that we ensure a sufficient level of cooperation with Denmark after 1st of May”, said lead MEP Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES).
In it’s resolution Parliament notes the exceptional nature of the foreseen arrangement between Europol and Denmark and repeats that MEPs would have liked to see “an expiry date of five years” in order to ensure its transitional nature “with a view to a more permanent arrangement”.In line with the joint declaration from the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and the Prime Minister of Denmark, MEPs also stress that the agreement is conditional on Denmark’s continued membership of the Union and of the Schengen area, Denmark’s obligation to fully implement in Danish law the directive on data protection in police matters by 1 May 2017 and Denmark’s agreement to the application of the jurisdiction of the EU Court of Justice and the competence of the European Data Protection Supervisor.
The European Parliament needs to be consulted before the agreement can enter into force.
Background. The cooperation agreement aims 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.
On 15 December 2016 the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen issued a joint declaration proposing to associate Denmark to Europol in the form of a cooperation agreement.
Establishing this cooperation agreement has entailed two legislative steps: firstly, Denmark was added to the list of third countries with whom Europol can conclude cooperation agreements, secondly the cooperation agreement itself.
On 14 February 2017, the Plenary backed adding Denmark to the list of third countries with an overwhelming majority of 632 votes to 10, and 51 abstentions.

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