INTERPOL and the European Union work together closely on matters of joint interest, sharing their resources and expertise and presenting a combined response to law enforcement challenges.
The extent of the cooperation led to the creation in 2008 of the Special Representative of INTERPOL to the European Union (SRIEU). The aims of the office of the SRIEU are as follows:
- Increase INTERPOL’s visibility to the EU institutions, agencies, and governing bodies involved in activities related to law enforcement;
- Promote collaboration with the EU areas pertaining to law enforcement so as to avoid duplication and develop creative synergies;
- Act as a Privileged Partner in EU forums and in EU initiatives regarding the law enforcement arena;
- Manage EU-funded projects.
Two major programmes funded by the EU
Joint projects between INTERPOL and the EU have covered a wide range of subjects, including police databases, training, maritime piracy and firearms.
Two major projects currently underway are Project Relinc (Rebuilding Libya’s Investigative Capability) and Project Wapis (West African Police Information System). Both are funded by the EU.
Project Relinc – Rebuilding Libya’s Investigative Capability
Following the 2011 revolution, Libya is facing important security challenges in its transition towards democracy. Terrorist activities, as well as transnational crimes such as trafficking in weapons, drugs, and human beings, generate violence and threaten to destabilize the country and the region.
The new Libyan authorities have identified among immediate priorities the need to strengthen the operational capability to identify security threats and tackle terrorist and organized crime groups active in the country.
The EU is funding an 18 month project, implemented by INTERPOL, to help improve Libya’s crime investigation and detection capability to better face current and future security threats.
Wapis Programme – West African Police Information System
The police forces of the 16 countries of West Africa are faced with threats of terrorism and organized crime, in particular the trafficking in human beings, drugs and weapons.
In response to these threats, the European Union and INTERPOL launched the WAPIS programme in September 2012 in order to create a system of police databases, linked at national, regional and global level.
The programme will allow West African police officers in their work environment – including at border posts – to obtain information about people, vehicles and identity documents. This information will be shared by INTERPOL’s 190 member countries and thus help the police to better protect the people of the whole region and beyond.
Cooperation agreements with other international organizations
International conventions in which INTERPOL's transmission role is mentioned
Interview with Europol Director Rob Wainwright (2013)