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01 July 2016

Romanian Interior Minister discusses policing issues with INTERPOL Chief

LYON, France - Tackling transnational crime and terrorism was the focus of a meeting between Romanian Interior Minister Petre Tobă and Secretary General Jürgen Stock at the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters today.

Highlighting the latest anti-drug operation in Romania which resulted in the seizure of 2.5 tonnes of cocaine, Minister Tobă underlined his country’s commitment to dismantling organized crime networks operating both within and outside of Europe.

“Romania has always been a strong INTERPOL partner. We have carried out many successful operations together and today’s meeting underlined this excellent collaboration as well as providing an opportunity to identify new areas for cooperation,” said Minister Tobă.

As one of the top contributors and users of INTERPOL’s global databases, including for stolen motor vehicles, wanted persons and stolen and lost travel documents, Secretary General Stock said Romania played a key role in enhancing regional and global security.

“Romania has consistently demonstrated their commitment to international policing and we look forward to working even more closely with them in meeting the varied challenges facing law enforcement today,” said Secretary General Stock.

To this end, INTERPOL will provide Romania with technical assistance and support in widening access to INTERPOL’s capabilities to provide greater support in enhancing the safety and security of both citizens and visitors.

Romania hosted the 43rd INTERPOL European Regional Conference in 2015, which resulted in a series of recommendations to facilitate European cross-border police cooperation and enhance interregional collaboration to dismantle foreign terrorist fighter networks.