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UK to opt in to revised Europol framework 15/11/2016 The Government has announced that it intends to opt into a new regulation that gives legal footing to the new framework for Europol.

UK to opt in to revised Europol framework

The Government has announced that it intends to opt into a new regulation that gives legal footing to the new framework for Europol.

Regulation (eu) 2016/794 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Union agency for law enforcement cooperation (Europol) will replace the existing regulation that governs the operation of Europol on 1st May next year.

The announcement was made in an explanatory memorandum, laid before Parliament earlier this week. It will be subject to parliamentary scrutiny before the European Commission is notified of the Government position.

“The UK is leaving the EU but the reality of cross-border crime remains,” said Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Brandon Lewis. “Europol provides a valuable service to the UK and opting in would enable us to maintain our current access to the agency, until we leave the EU, helping keep the people of Britain safe. We now await the outcome of the scrutiny process.”

The revised Europol framework was first proposed on 27th March 2013 and was adopted on 11th May 2016. Revisions include giving a clear mandate to the EU Internet Referrals Unit which replicates the UK’s approach to tackling online terrorist propaganda and giving the existing European Cybercrime Centre a clear mandate as a “union [centre] of specialised expertise for combating certain types of crime”.

According to the announcement, the Government is exploring options for cooperation with Europol once the UK has left the EU but it is too early to speculate at this stage what future arrangements may look like.

More details can be found here.

 

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