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15 July 2013 - Media release

INTERPOL agreement with Eurojust to enhance law enforcement and justice cooperation

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation between law enforcement and justice in combating serious and organized crime has been concluded by INTERPOL and Eurojust, the European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit.

Signed by Eurojust President Ms Michèle Coninsx and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble, the MoU provides a framework for collaboration between the two organizations in a number of common areas including maritime piracy, drug trafficking, trafficking in human beings, terrorism, genocide and combating fraud.

“Eurojust and INTERPOL have cooperated on a number of occasions in the past. This Memorandum of Understanding with INTERPOL will enable us to further develop our cooperation in combating serious cross-border crime,” said President Coninsx.

“Eurojust has a number of agreements with states and organizations outside the European Union, and combining forces with the world’s largest international police organization, with 190 member countries, will augment our ability to bring to justice those at the heart of international crime,” concluded the President.

INTERPOL Chief Noble said the agreement would significantly enhance cooperation between law enforcement and justice.

“The agreement with Eurojust is an important step in the development of police and judicial cooperation, which will enable INTERPOL to provide even greater assistance to law enforcement on the ground, in Europe and beyond,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Judiciary support is essential for frontline police to effectively carry out their duties, and this agreement will also bring a better understanding of INTERPOL’s role and activities beyond exchanging police information,” concluded the head of INTERPOL.

Each organization will establish a contact point to coordinate cooperation, and the MoU also includes the possibility for joint training activities, exchange of expertise and best practice, provision of strategic and technical information and to combine efforts to provide expertise and support to joint investigation teams.

The MoU will be submitted to the 82nd session of the INTERPOL General Assembly to be held in Cartagena, Colombia in October for approval.