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13 January 2016

European Parliament President and INTERPOL Chief meet on security issues

BRUSSELS, Belgium – Enhancing European security through INTERPOL’s global law enforcement network was the focus of a meeting between President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz and INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock.

Discussions focussed on the outcomes of the extraordinary meeting of European Union (EU) Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Ministers aimed at strengthening border controls and the EU-African summit on migration in Valletta.

Secretary General Stock briefed President Schulz on INTERPOL’s work to implement the conclusion of the JHA meeting which called for all EU external border control points to be connected to INTERPOL’s global databases for automatic screening of travel documents by March 2016.

In combating the foreign terrorist fighter threat, Mr Stock also highlighted INTERPOL’s role as Europe’s police information gateway to other strategic regions including the Middle East, North Africa and the Sahel.

Recognizing police cooperation as a key instrument in tackling global crime and terrorist threats, President Schulz highlighted the need for proper funding and support for INTERPOL’s activities.

INTERPOL’s global policing capabilities include nominal, fingerprint and DNA databases as well as enhanced border security capabilities which support the more effective tracking and tracing of suspected foreign terrorist fighters around the globe.