European Union

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.

View the Project Relinc fact sheet

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.

View the Wapis Programme fact sheet

Media releases - Wapis Programme
27 junio 2014

Legal issues regarding police information exchange in West Africa discussed at INTERPOL meeting

01 junio 2014

INTERPOL Chief visit to Mauritania aims to Turn Back Crime

31 marzo 2014

Una reunión de INTERPOL presenta un resumen de las bases jurídicas para el intercambio de información policial en África Occidental

24 enero 2014

Inauguración de la oficina de la iniciativa WAPIS en la sede de la CEDEAO en Abuja

07 octubre 2013

INTERPOL meeting sets course for police information exchange in West Africa

02 agosto 2013

Níger firma un decreto ministerial por el que se respalda un programa dirigido por INTERPOL para reforzar la seguridad de África Occidental

06 junio 2013

Un taller de INTERPOL permite que el intercambio de información siga avanzando en África Occidental

14 mayo 2013

Reunión de INTERPOL en Budapest para guiar la estrategia de colaboración europea contra la delincuencia transnacional

07 mayo 2013

Police information collection and exchange mechanisms across West Africa focus of INTERPOL workshop

26 marzo 2013

Mauritania hosts INTERPOL workshop on police information exchange in West Africa

29 enero 2013

Potenciar el intercambio de información policial en África Occidental, tema central del taller de INTERPOL en Benin

28 noviembre 2012

INTERPOL holds inaugural WAPIS workshop

23 octubre 2012

La jefa de la Policía belga visita INTERPOL para ampliar la cooperación

15 marzo 2012

Según la Comisaria europea de Interior, INTERPOL es un socio clave para una Europa segura

17 octubre 2011

Visita ministerial ghanesa a INTERPOL para hallar nuevas vías de cooperación

11 octubre 2011

Altos representantes de África Occidental visitan INTERPOL para informarse sobre iniciativas contra la delincuencia

30 septiembre 2010

Simposio de la UE e INTERPOL: un foro para mejorar la cooperación entre las policías del mundo en la lucha contra la delincuencia transnacional en África Occidental

INTERPOL and the European Union

INTERPOL and the United Nations

Cooperation agreements with other international organizations

International conventions in which INTERPOL's transmission role is mentioned

Interview with Europol Director Rob Wainwright (2013)