INTERPOL meeting strengthens collaboration among European members against international crime
BUDAPEST, Hungary – INTERPOL’s 42nd European Regional Conference has closed with senior law enforcement officials approving a series of measures that will enhance Europe’s ability to develop responses and capacity against crime, and boost regional and international security.
Recognizing Europe’s role in advancing security worldwide, 140 delegates from some 50 countries at the three-day conference (14-16 May) reviewed a range of law enforcement issues from terrorism, human and drug trafficking, cybercrime and fugitive investigations to sports security, financial crime, capacity building and training.
In addition to endorsing INTERPOL’s three-year strategy (2014-16) for the European region, other key measures approved by the conference delegates included recommendations for European member countries to:
- optimize the use of the tools developed under the INTERPOL Firearms Programme;
- promote international action in the recovery of illegal assets;
- enhance INTERPOL’s cooperation with Europol to fight cybercrime;
- facilitate international police cooperation by developing interoperability between police information systems.
Closing the conference, the High Commissioner of the Hungarian National Police, Károly Papp, underlined how ‘INTERPOL for decades has strengthened the connections between law enforcement entities worldwide’ in the fight against organized crime, including in areas such as illegal immigration.
Hungary’s National Police High Commissioner added that the strategic measures approved by the conference would provide significant guidelines for law enforcement both in Europe and beyond its borders.
“The geopolitical and technological developments of the last 10 years have considerably altered the challenges faced by the global law enforcement community. To help meet these evolving challenges INTERPOL has created global tools and services, developed modern solutions and created partnerships to help its member countries address 21st century crime,” said INTERPOL President Mireille Ballestrazzi.
With the conference agenda including INTERPOL’s role in supporting the security and safety of major international sports events, delegates heard how the recent terror attacks in Boston underscored the role of international cooperation to secure major public events.
To this end, the vital role that will be played in Europe and beyond by the INTERPOL Group of Major Event Security Experts (IGMESE) was outlined at the conference. Bringing together specialized law enforcement professionals and security experts from all regions of the world, IGMESE was created following an initiative signed between INTERPOL and the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee in November 2012.
“As we saw with the tragic events in Boston, terrorists and criminals will exploit all opportunities to strike at innocent citizens,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble in talks during the conference.
“INTERPOL must continue to provide and promote innovative, collaborative and cutting-edge solutions to global security challenges. Our vision is that of a world where each law enforcement professional will be able, through INTERPOL, to securely communicate, share and access vital police information whenever and wherever needed, to ensure the safety of citizens,” added the Head of INTERPOL.
The conference closed with delegates designating Romania as host country for the 43rd INTERPOL European Regional Conference in 2014.