BRUSSELS, Belgium – At the invitation of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), INTERPOL recently presented its e-MLA initiative to experts at the Working Party on Consular Affairs (COCON).
The initiative aims to develop an INTERPOL tool for the secure electronic transmission of mutual legal assistance (MLA) exchanges.
As one of the two partners of INTERPOL’s e-MLA project, co-funded by the EU, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs hosted the meeting.
The e-MLA team and its co-partners on the project, Austria and France, presented the first phase of the e-MLA initiative which aims to report on the legal feasibility of creating a dedicated virtual global network allowing for the secure and electronic transmission in MLA matters.
The event gathered some 50 experts in international cooperation, including counsellors on justice and home affairs from the Permanent Representations of the EU Member States in Brussels, delegates from ministries of foreign affairs, national authorities competent for MLA and officials from EU institutions.
The e-MLA team announced that the final report on the legal study undertaken with the e-MLA Working Group since 2017 will soon be finalized and presented to member countries. It welcomed further support from participating authorities for the second phase of the project on the technical development of the INTERPOL electronic platform which aims to facilitate international cooperation in criminal matters.