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17 July 2013

Europol and INTERPOL Chiefs review trends in international policing

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - At one of their regular meetings, Rob Wainwright, Europol Director, and Ronald K. Noble, Secretary General of INTERPOL, reviewed the cooperation between their two agencies and discussed the crime threats they are currently combating.

High on the agenda was cybercrime, with the two chiefs reviewing progress in Europol’s EC3 and the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation. Both agencies are responding to the increasing threat of cybercrime with these major projects which both chiefs have guaranteed will work in a complementary manner.

In reviewing recent operational cooperation, Rob Wainwright congratulated Mr Noble on Operation Lionfish, the INTERPOL-led counter-narcotics operation recently conducted in the Caribbean.  Nearly 30 tonnes of cocaine, heroin and marijuana with an estimated value of USD 822 million were seized in the operation, which involved some 34 countries and territories, and was supported by Europol.

Looking to the future, agreement was reached on a new joint action plan which committed the two agencies to working together, particularly in respect of EU priorities identified in the Europol Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment. The joint annual action plan consolidates all common objectives and joint activities of both organisations, and covers areas including:

  • Improving the quality and availability of data, including the interoperability between respective database systems
  • Establishing a horizontal focus across all crime areas
  • Providing coordinated operational support and expertise
  • Ensuring the development of administrative capabilities to achieve operational goals.

In September 2013, the first Europol-INTERPOL Cybercrime Conference will be held at the EC3 in The Hague. This innovative joint initiative will take place annually, hosted alternately by EC3 and INTERPOL.

“The cooperation between INTERPOL and Europol is a key component in our individual and combined efforts to assist our respective member countries in combating all types of crime, from all corners of the globe. We will continue to identify areas where we can collaborate even more effectively and which will see both INTERPOL and Europol further build on the successes we have already achieved,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

 “The cooperation between Europol and Interpol is at an all-time high, with each organization using its unique capabilities to provide complementary services to the law enforcement community in Europe and beyond. This has been demonstrated recently by significant international operations and by the further development of major cybercrime centres at Europol and INTERPOL. In the face of the globalization of crime Europol and Interpol stand side-by-side in ensuring the world is taking a strong response,” said Europol Director Rob Wainwright.