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2015/0809(CNS) Agreement on strategic cooperation in the fight against serious crime and terrorism between the United Arab Emirates and European Police Office (Europol)

Progress: Awaiting final decision

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead LIBE MUSSOLINI Alessandra (icon: PPE PPE) DÍAZ DE MERA GARCÍA CONSUEGRA Agustín (icon: PPE PPE), KAUFMANN Sylvia-Yvonne (icon: S&D S&D)
Committee Opinion AFET
Lead committee dossier:

Events

2015/12/15
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2015/12/15
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 490 votes to 159, with 44 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council implementing decision approving the conclusion by the European Police Office (Europol) of the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation in the fight against serious crime and terrorism between the United Arab Emirates and Europol.

Parliament approved the Council draft under the Parliament’s consultation procedure. It called on the Commission to:

assess, after the entry into force of the new Europol Regulation , the provisions contained in the cooperation agreement, in particular on data protection; inform the Parliament and the Council of the outcome of this assessment and, if appropriate, to submit a recommendation for an authorisation to open international renegotiation of the agreement.

Documents
2015/12/03
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted, in the framework of a special legislative procedure (Parliament’s consultation), the report by Alessandra MUSSOLINI (EPP, IT) on the draft Council implementing decision approving the conclusion by the European Police Office (Europol) of the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation in the fight against serious crime and terrorism between the United Arab Emirates and Europol.

The committee recommended the European Parliament to approve the Council draft .

The Commission is called upon to:

assess, after the entry into force of the new Europol Regulation , the provisions contained in the cooperation agreement, in particular on data protection; inform the Parliament and the Council of the outcome of this assessment and, if appropriate, to submit a recommendation for an authorisation to open international renegotiation of the agreement.

To recall, according to the current Europol Council Decision ( Decision 2009/371/JHA ), it is for the Council to approve the conclusion of international cooperation agreements with thirds states or international organisations, after having consulted the European Parliament. Such agreements may concern the exchange of operational, strategic, technical or classified information. The operational cooperation agreement also includes the exchange of personal data.

This proposal concerns the proposed approval of a strategic cooperation agreement between Europol and the United Arab Emirates . Such strategic agreement excludes the exchange of personal data, so the issue of data protection is not relevant in this case. The information exchanged could include specialist knowledge, general situation reports, results of strategic analysis, information on criminal investigation procedures, information on crime-prevention methods, training activities, and the provision of advice and support in individual criminal investigations.

The explanatory statement accompanying the report stated that according to Europol, the United Arab Emirates are increasingly relevant in the fight against organized crime as that country is becoming a growing hub for economic and financial crime. Proceeds from criminal activities such as Value Added Tax (VAT) fraud, Missing Trader Intra Community (MTIC) fraud and Money Laundering have been reinvested in the United Arab Emirates and key criminals involved in these frauds have sought refuge there.

The conclusion of this strategic cooperation agreement with the United Arab Emirates would aid and reinforce the fight against financial fraud and would contribute to enhancing international cooperation in the field of financial investigation and other relevant criminal matters.

Documents
2015/11/30
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2015/11/25
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
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2015/11/10
   EP - Responsible Committee
2015/11/05
   EP - Committee draft report
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2015/10/05
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2015/08/24
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to approve the conclusion by the European Police Office (Europol) of the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation in the fight against serious crime and terrorism between the United Arab Emirates and Europol.

PROPOSED ACT: Council implementing decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council adopts the act after consulting the European Parliament but without being obliged to follow its opinion.

BACKGROUND: pursuant to Decision 2009/371/JHA establishing the European Police Office (Europol) and Decision 2009/934/JHA adopting the implementing rules governing Europol's relations with partners, including the exchange of personal data and classified information, Europol is to conclude agreements with the third States which have been put on the list determined by Decision 2009/935/JHA .

Such agreements have the objective of supporting and strengthening action by the competent authorities of the Member States and their mutual cooperation in preventing and combating organised crime, terrorism and other forms of serious crime affecting two or more Member States, and may concern the exchange of operational, strategic or technical information, including personal data and classified information.

The United Arab Emirates is included in the list determined by Decision 2009/935/JHA.

In order to increase effectiveness in preventing and combating serious forms of crime, Europol has initiated, in accordance with Decision 2009/934/JHA, the procedure for the conclusion of an Agreement on Strategic Cooperation in the fight against serious crime and terrorism between the United Arab Emirates and Europol (‘Strategic Agreement’).

Strategic agreements may be concluded by Europol only after approval by the Council, the latter having previously consulted the Management Board of Europol. The Management Board approved the Operational and Strategic Agreement on 13 May 2015 .

The conditions for triggering the exercise of the implementing powers by the Council pursuant to Decisions 2009/371/JHA, 2009/934/JHA and 2009/935/JHA have been met.

CONTENT: in accordance with the draft implementing decision, Europol shall be authorised to conclude the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and Europol.

The terms of the cooperation governed by the Strategic Agreement provide for the exchange of information , which may include specialist knowledge, general situation reports, results of strategic analysis, information on criminal investigation procedures and information on crime-prevention methods; participation in training activities; and the provision of advice and support in individual criminal investigations.

In addition, the Agreement contains no provisions relating to the exchange of personal data .

Denmark, the United Kingdom and Ireland shall all take part in the adoption and application of this Decision.

Documents
2015/06/18
   CSL - Document attached to the procedure
Documents

Documents

Activities

Votes

A8-0351/2015 - Alessandra Mussolini - Résolution législative

2015/12/15 Outcome: +: 490, -: 159, 0: 44
IT PL DE FR GB RO HU CZ SK BG PT ES AT DK BE HR SE MT LV SI FI CY LT LU IE EE EL NL
Total
66
49
83
69
71
31
20
19
13
14
20
43
16
12
21
10
19
5
8
8
12
6
10
5
10
6
21
24
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Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Lithuania PPE

1

Luxembourg PPE

2

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1
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181

Croatia S&D

2

Malta S&D

3

Latvia S&D

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Cyprus S&D

2

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Ireland S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

For (1)

1

Netherlands S&D

For (2)

2
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70

Italy ECR

2

Romania ECR

For (1)

1

Czechia ECR

2

Bulgaria ECR

1

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Latvia ECR

For (1)

1
2

Lithuania ECR

1

Greece ECR

Against (1)

1

Netherlands ECR

2
icon: ENF ENF
34

Poland ENF

2

United Kingdom ENF

Abstain (1)

1

Romania ENF

1
3

Belgium ENF

For (1)

1

Netherlands ENF

3
icon: EFDD EFDD
41

Poland EFDD

1

France EFDD

1

Czechia EFDD

Abstain (1)

1

Sweden EFDD

2

Lithuania EFDD

For (1)

1
icon: NI NI
13

Poland NI

Against (1)

1

Germany NI

Abstain (1)

2

France NI

2

United Kingdom NI

For (1)

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
45

Italy GUE/NGL

3

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

Against (1)

1

Czechia GUE/NGL

2

Portugal GUE/NGL

3

Denmark GUE/NGL

Against (1)

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Sweden GUE/NGL

Against (1)

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Against (1)

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3

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Latvia Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Finland Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

Against (1)

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icon: ALDE ALDE
64

United Kingdom ALDE

Against (1)

1

Romania ALDE

3

Bulgaria ALDE

2

Portugal ALDE

2

Austria ALDE

Against (1)

1

Denmark ALDE

For (1)

Against (1)

2

Croatia ALDE

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Latvia ALDE

1

Slovenia ALDE

Against (1)

1
4

Luxembourg ALDE

Against (1)

1

Ireland ALDE

Against (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

Against (2)

Abstain (1)

3
AmendmentsDossier
10 2015/0809(CNS)
2015/11/25 LIBE 10 amendments...
source: 572.835

History

(these mark the time of scraping, not the official date of the change)

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      • PURPOSE: to approve the conclusion by the European Police Office (Europol) of the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation in the fight against serious crime and terrorism between the United Arab Emirates and Europol.

        PROPOSED ACT: Council implementing decision.

        ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council adopts the act after consulting the European Parliament but without being obliged to follow its opinion.

        BACKGROUND: pursuant to Decision 2009/371/JHA establishing the European Police Office (Europol) and Decision 2009/934/JHA adopting the implementing rules governing Europol's relations with partners, including the exchange of personal data and classified information, Europol is to conclude agreements with the third States which have been put on the list determined by Decision 2009/935/JHA.

        Such agreements have the objective of supporting and strengthening action by the competent authorities of the Member States and their mutual cooperation in preventing and combating organised crime, terrorism and other forms of serious crime affecting two or more Member States, and may concern the exchange of operational, strategic or technical information, including personal data and classified information.

        The United Arab Emirates is included in the list determined by Decision 2009/935/JHA.

        In order to increase effectiveness in preventing and combating serious forms of crime, Europol has initiated, in accordance with Decision 2009/934/JHA, the procedure for the conclusion of an Agreement on Strategic Cooperation in the fight against serious crime and terrorism between the United Arab Emirates and Europol (‘Strategic Agreement’).

        Strategic agreements may be concluded by Europol only after approval by the Council, the latter having previously consulted the Management Board of Europol. The Management Board approved the Operational and Strategic Agreement on 13 May 2015.

        The conditions for triggering the exercise of the implementing powers by the Council pursuant to Decisions 2009/371/JHA, 2009/934/JHA and 2009/935/JHA have been met.

        CONTENT: in accordance with the draft implementing decision, Europol shall be authorised to conclude the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and Europol.

        The terms of the cooperation governed by the Strategic Agreement provide for the exchange of information, which may include specialist knowledge, general situation reports, results of strategic analysis, information on criminal investigation procedures and information on crime-prevention methods; participation in training activities; and the provision of advice and support in individual criminal investigations.

        In addition, the Agreement contains no provisions relating to the exchange of personal data.

        Denmark, the United Kingdom and Ireland shall all take part in the adoption and application of this Decision.

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      • The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted, in the framework of a special legislative procedure (Parliament’s consultation), the report by Alessandra MUSSOLINI (EPP, IT) on the draft Council implementing decision approving the conclusion by the European Police Office (Europol) of the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation in the fight against serious crime and terrorism between the United Arab Emirates and Europol.

        The committee recommended the European Parliament to approve the Council draft.

        The Commission is called upon to:

        • assess, after the entry into force of the new Europol Regulation, the provisions contained in the cooperation agreement, in particular on data protection;
        • inform the Parliament and the Council of the outcome of this assessment and, if appropriate, to submit a recommendation for an authorisation to open international renegotiation of the agreement.

        To recall, according to the current Europol Council Decision (Decision 2009/371/JHA), it is for the Council to approve the conclusion of international cooperation agreements with thirds states or international organisations, after having consulted the European Parliament. Such agreements may concern the exchange of operational, strategic, technical or classified information. The operational cooperation agreement also includes the exchange of personal data.

        This proposal concerns the proposed approval of a strategic cooperation agreement between Europol and the United Arab Emirates. Such strategic agreement excludes the exchange of personal data, so the issue of data protection is not relevant in this case. The information exchanged could include specialist knowledge, general situation reports, results of strategic analysis, information on criminal investigation procedures, information on crime-prevention methods, training activities, and the provision of advice and support in individual criminal investigations.

        The explanatory statement accompanying the report stated that according to Europol, the United Arab Emirates are increasingly relevant in the fight against organized crime as that country is becoming a growing hub for economic and financial crime. Proceeds from criminal activities such as Value Added Tax (VAT) fraud, Missing Trader Intra Community (MTIC) fraud and Money Laundering have been reinvested in the United Arab Emirates and key criminals involved in these frauds have sought refuge there.

        The conclusion of this strategic cooperation agreement with the United Arab Emirates would aid and reinforce the fight against financial fraud and would contribute to enhancing international cooperation in the field of financial investigation and other relevant criminal matters.

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  • The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted, in the framework of a special legislative procedure (Parliament’s consultation), the report by Alessandra MUSSOLINI (EPP, IT) on the draft Council implementing decision approving the conclusion by the European Police Office (Europol) of the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation in the fight against serious crime and terrorism between the United Arab Emirates and Europol.

    The committee recommended the European Parliament to approve the Council draft.

    The Commission is called upon to:

    • assess, after the entry into force of the new Europol Regulation, the provisions contained in the cooperation agreement, in particular on data protection;
    • inform the Parliament and the Council of the outcome of this assessment and, if appropriate, to submit a recommendation for an authorisation to open international renegotiation of the agreement.

    To recall, according to the current Europol Council Decision (Decision 2009/371/JHA), it is for the Council to approve the conclusion of international cooperation agreements with thirds states or international organisations, after having consulted the European Parliament. Such agreements may concern the exchange of operational, strategic, technical or classified information. The operational cooperation agreement also includes the exchange of personal data.

    This proposal concerns the proposed approval of a strategic cooperation agreement between Europol and the United Arab Emirates. Such strategic agreement excludes the exchange of personal data, so the issue of data protection is not relevant in this case. The information exchanged could include specialist knowledge, general situation reports, results of strategic analysis, information on criminal investigation procedures, information on crime-prevention methods, training activities, and the provision of advice and support in individual criminal investigations.

    The explanatory statement accompanying the report stated that according to Europol, the United Arab Emirates are increasingly relevant in the fight against organized crime as that country is becoming a growing hub for economic and financial crime. Proceeds from criminal activities such as Value Added Tax (VAT) fraud, Missing Trader Intra Community (MTIC) fraud and Money Laundering have been reinvested in the United Arab Emirates and key criminals involved in these frauds have sought refuge there.

    The conclusion of this strategic cooperation agreement with the United Arab Emirates would aid and reinforce the fight against financial fraud and would contribute to enhancing international cooperation in the field of financial investigation and other relevant criminal matters.

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  • The European Parliament adopted by 490 votes to 159, with 44 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council implementing decision approving the conclusion by the European Police Office (Europol) of the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation in the fight against serious crime and terrorism between the United Arab Emirates and Europol.

    Parliament approved the Council draft under the Parliament’s consultation procedure. It called on the Commission to:

    • assess, after the entry into force of the new Europol Regulation, the provisions contained in the cooperation agreement, in particular on data protection;
    • inform the Parliament and the Council of the outcome of this assessment and, if appropriate, to submit a recommendation for an authorisation to open international renegotiation of the agreement.
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      • PURPOSE: to approve the conclusion by the European Police Office (Europol) of the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation in the fight against serious crime and terrorism between the United Arab Emirates and Europol.

        PROPOSED ACT: Council implementing decision.

        ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council adopts the act after consulting the European Parliament but without being obliged to follow its opinion.

        BACKGROUND: pursuant to Decision 2009/371/JHA establishing the European Police Office (Europol) and Decision 2009/934/JHA adopting the implementing rules governing Europol's relations with partners, including the exchange of personal data and classified information, Europol is to conclude agreements with the third States which have been put on the list determined by Decision 2009/935/JHA.

        Such agreements have the objective of supporting and strengthening action by the competent authorities of the Member States and their mutual cooperation in preventing and combating organised crime, terrorism and other forms of serious crime affecting two or more Member States, and may concern the exchange of operational, strategic or technical information, including personal data and classified information.

        The United Arab Emirates is included in the list determined by Decision 2009/935/JHA.

        In order to increase effectiveness in preventing and combating serious forms of crime, Europol has initiated, in accordance with Decision 2009/934/JHA, the procedure for the conclusion of an Agreement on Strategic Cooperation in the fight against serious crime and terrorism between the United Arab Emirates and Europol (‘Strategic Agreement’).

        Strategic agreements may be concluded by Europol only after approval by the Council, the latter having previously consulted the Management Board of Europol. The Management Board approved the Operational and Strategic Agreement on 13 May 2015.

        The conditions for triggering the exercise of the implementing powers by the Council pursuant to Decisions 2009/371/JHA, 2009/934/JHA and 2009/935/JHA have been met.

        CONTENT: in accordance with the draft implementing decision, Europol shall be authorised to conclude the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and Europol.

        The terms of the cooperation governed by the Strategic Agreement provide for the exchange of information, which may include specialist knowledge, general situation reports, results of strategic analysis, information on criminal investigation procedures and information on crime-prevention methods; participation in training activities; and the provision of advice and support in individual criminal investigations.

        In addition, the Agreement contains no provisions relating to the exchange of personal data.

        Denmark, the United Kingdom and Ireland shall all take part in the adoption and application of this Decision.

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