EU DIRECTS A STEP-UP IN CROSS-BORDER CRIME CRACKDOWN SECURITY MEASURES

5 May 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

WIDE-RANGING new powers are being given this week in an update of regulations for Europol—the EU international police body which is distinct from Interpol—in enabling a further crackdown on organized cross-border crime, as well as terrorism and cybercrime which could have a possible impact for the Border region in the wake of Brexit.

Details of the new regulations which were initially drawn up on 11th May last year but only came into force on Monday last (1st May) are now being made available to all police forces, including the Garda Siochana and the PSNI. The updated powers will enable Europol to step up efforts to fight terrorism, cybercrime and other serious and organised forms of crime. With the new regulation Europol is established as the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation with a view to supporting cooperation among law enforcement authorities in the European Union.

A European Parliament spokesman for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship said earlier this week: “Our citizens demand solutions from Europe that tackle security threats decisively and effectively. Under its new mandate, …
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