World Security Report2016-12-15 10:04:37

Ukraine and Europol signed an agreement to expand cooperation to combat cross-border criminal activities.

Ukraine's Minister of Internal Affairs, Arsen Avakov and Europol's Director, Rob Wainwright, today signed an operational and strategic agreement to expand cooperation to combat cross-border criminal activities. Aware of the urgent problems arising from international organised crime, especially terrorism, and other serious crimes, the agreement allows for the exchange of information, including personal data of suspected criminals, and the joint planning of operational activities.

The signing of the Agreement on Operational and Strategic Cooperation concludes the successful negotiations between Ukraine and Europol on how to effectively join forces to fight serious and organised crime. After entry into force of the agreement, this new level of cooperation will be important for tackling priority crime areas affecting both the European Union and Ukraine, such as drug trafficking, counterfeit goods and illegal migration.

Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, said: ''This agreement will establish cooperative relations between Europol and Ukraine to support the EU Member States and Ukraine in preventing and combating serious and organised crime, terrorism and other forms of international crime. It will facilitate effective operational cooperation between Europol and Ukrainian law enforcement agencies, making the EU and Ukraine safer."

The text of the cooperation agreement between Europol and Ukraine was approved by the Council of the European Union and backed by the European Parliament, and was signed at the 18th EU-Ukraine summit.

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