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08 July 2015

Belgian Deputy Prime Minister visit to INTERPOL focuses on terrorism and cybercrime

LYON, France – International security issues, including foreign terrorist fighters and cybercrime topped the agenda during a visit of Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Security and Home Affairs to the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters.

The meeting between Deputy Prime Minister Jan Jambon and Secretary General Jürgen Stock provided an overview of the world police organization’s cooperation with Belgium and its activities across all 190 member countries, particularly in relation to combating terrorism, firearms trafficking and illegal migration.

Deputy Prime Minister Jambon said information exchange via INTERPOL is vital to effective international police cooperation.

“The global tools and network which INTERPOL provides play an important role in enhancing national, regional and international security,” said Deputy Prime Minister Jambon.

“Belgium will continue to offer its full support and work closely with INTERPOL to further safeguard the safety of our citizens both at home and abroad.”

In addition to being one of the top five contributors to INTERPOL’s database on foreign terrorist fighters, Belgium has also enabled access to INTERPOL’s nominal database to its two largest airports, and is also in the process of expanding connection to all border control points throughout the country.

Secretary General Jürgen Stock said these two examples of Belgium’s support to INTERPOL’s activities in assisting all 190 member countries underlined its commitment to combating transnational crime and terrorism.

“International police cooperation with Belgium is important not just for the security of its own citizens but also for Europe and beyond, particularly at a time when the threat of terrorism is more globalized than ever,” said Secretary General Stock.

“We look forward to our continued strong relationship with Belgium which has been a long standing supporter of an international approach in the fight against crime,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

The Deputy Prime Minister, who was accompanied by Catherine De Bolle, Commissioner General of the Belgian Federal Police, was also updated on INTERPOL’s initiatives in the fight against child exploitation and trafficking in human beings.

In June, Operation Akoma saw 48 children rescued and 22 people arrested following an operation involving some 200 law enforcement officers from the police, gendarmerie and forestry agencies in Côte d’Ivoire.