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.
Special Representation of INTERPOL to the EU
The extent of the cooperation led to the opening in 2009 of the Office of the Special Representative of INTERPOL to the European Union (SRIEU). The aims of the office are to:
- 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.
INTERPOL is participating in several European Union-funded research projects into the use of new technologies and data protection. These projects aim to strengthen security while minimizing the impact on fundamental rights, such as privacy.
- SIIP – Speaker Identification Integrated Project
- Evidence – European Informatics Data Exchange Framework for Courts and Evidence
- E-crime – Economic Impacts of Cybercrime
- Mapping – Managing Alternatives for Privacy, Property and Internet Governance
- Smart – Scalable Measure for Automated Recognition Technologies (project closed)
- Respect – Rules, Expectations and Security through Privacy-Enhanced Convenient Technologies (project closed)
The European Union also contributes to the funding of several other INTERPOL projects, including:
- EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Programme II
- WAPIS – West African Police Information System
- CRIMLEA – Critical Maritime Routes Law Enforcement Capacity Building in East Africa
- ICCWC – International Consortium to Combat Wildlife Crime
- iArms III – Illicit Arms Records and Tracing Management System
- I-24/7 Extension – Jordan
- CWIT – Illicit Trade on Electronic Waste
- CORE – Consistently Optimised Resilient Secure global supply chains
- ICSE – International Child Sexual Exploitation Database version 3