The European Union Commission has proposed the development of an EU Police Cooperation Act in order to enhance law enforcement cooperation across EU member states.
According to the commission, about 70 percent of criminal groups operate across borders. For this reason, it has been suggested that in line with the European Union Police Cooperation Act, law enforcement authorities are provided with modern tools for exchanging information so that police officers in the European Union can act more quickly and efficiently.
Criminals should not be able to escape the police by simply moving from one member state to another. Having clear channels for exchanging information will mean that police can quickly identify suspects and gather the information they need for investigations,” said Vice President for Promotion of Our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas.
More precisely, the proposed measures include a recommendation on practical police cooperation. On the basis of these actions, police officers who take part in joint patrols and work on the territory of another Member State establish common standards for cooperation with each other.
The common standards include a common list of crimes that can be prosecuted across borders, which means the common standards will make it easier for police officers to work in other EU countries.
In addition, the proposed measures also include new rules on the exchange of information between law enforcement authorities of member states. The Commission suggested that police officers in one Member State should have equal access to information already available to their colleagues in other Member States.
Furthermore, the same order emphasized that the member state should establish a single point of contact, which should operate 24/7, be staffed with appropriate personnel, and serve as the main source of information exchange with other EU countries.
Today, the police are faced with different and complex national rules, while our proposals will have a clear European framework. Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said police will also have better tools to share the information they need for investigations, to keep us all safe from the growing criminals.
Finally, the commission suggested that member states develop revised rules on the automated exchange of data that would help identify criminals. This includes adding photographs of suspects’ faces and other police records to the automated data interchange and creating a central router to which national databases can be linked.
All of the above proposals will now be examined by the European Parliament and the Council and then a Directive on Information Exchange and Regulations for Automated Data Interchange will be adopted.
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