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15 July 2015

INTERPOL Secretary General visits EU to enhance fight against migrant smuggling, terrorism

BRUSSELS, Belgium – INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock met with Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, to strengthen ongoing collaboration in tackling the most pressing security threats facing Europe today.

Terrorism, migrant smuggling and rebuilding law enforcement capacity in post-conflict countries topped the agenda of the high-level meeting in Brussels between Secretary General Stock and Ms Mogherini.

INTERPOL and the EU are already working closely on a number of initiatives to boost European security. With the issue of migrant smuggling into Europe via the Mediterranean Sea identified as a priority by the EU, INTERPOL contributes to the EU’s Joint Operation Team (JOT) Mare which targets the organized crime groups involved.

INTERPOL’s role in combating terrorism as a global platform for information exchange has been recognized by the United Nations and the EU. As part of its Foreign Terrorist Fighters project – which has gathered information on more than 4,500 known or suspected foreign fighters – INTERPOL shares information with the EU through the Europol Focal Point Travellers’ initiative.

Secretary General Stock highlighted INTERPOL’s ability to connect police throughout Europe with their counterparts in all 190 member countries.

“Transnational crime cannot be tackled in isolation; no one country alone has the ability to bring down the organized criminal networks behind migrant smuggling, terrorism and other serious crimes,” said the INTERPOL Chief.

“Even a region with a strong law enforcement network such as the European Union must exchange information, intelligence and expertise with its counterparts worldwide, and that is where INTERPOL’s global tools and services are crucial,” added Mr Stock.