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Republic of Korea and Europol sign arrangement to combat cross-border serious organised crime

On 22 December, the Korean National Police Agency of the Republic of Korea and the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) signed a Working Arrangement in order to support the Member States of the European Union and the Republic of Korea in preventing and combating serious crime and terrorism.

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The Working Arrangement introduces a secure system for the exchange of information between the parties, linking the Republic of Korea with law enforcement authorities of the Member States of the European Union, as well as with third countries and organisations associated with Europol.

The cooperation may, additional to the exchange of information, include the exchange of specialist knowledge, general situation reports, results of strategic analysis, the participation in training activities as well as providing advice and support in individual criminal investigations.

Based on this Working Arrangement, the Republic of Korea can deploy a liaison officer to Europol’s headquarters in the Netherlands to join its unique community of liaison bureaux of law enforcement authorities from more than 40 countries across the world.

The Korean National Police Agency’s Commissioner General Kim Chang-yong said:

“Transnational organised crime has been fortified with the development of technology and globalisation. Now, one country’s effort is not enough in the fight against crime. Law enforcement agencies should stand together. On behalf of the Korean Government, I sincerely welcome this working arrangement, which will allow the law enforcement agencies in both the Republic of Korea and the European Union to strengthen their collaborative efforts and realise practical solutions to curb crime.”

Europol’s Executive Director Catherine De Bolle said:

“Against the backdrop of international crime becoming more violent and interconnected, the need and potential for cooperation between Europol and the Republic of Korea on global security is important. I welcome this working arrangement, which will connect law enforcement authorities from the Republic of Korea with all of Europol’s Member States and associated partners. Leveraging these relationships represents an invaluable opportunity to enhance regional efforts to combat the threats posed by transnational crime.”

After entry into force of the Arrangement, this new level of cooperation will be important for tackling priority crime areas affecting both the European Union and the Republic of Korea.