Procedure : 2016/0801(CNS)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : A8-0070/2016

Texts tabled :

A8-0070/2016

Debates :

Votes :

PV 12/04/2016 - 5.5
Explanations of votes

Texts adopted :

P8_TA(2016)0098

REPORT     *
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PE 578.557v02-00 A8-0070/2016

on the draft Council implementing decision approving the conclusion by the European Police Office (Europol) of the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation between the Federative Republic of Brazil and Europol

(13980/2015 – C8‑0010/2016 – 2016/0801(CNS))

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Rapporteur: Claude Moraes

(Simplified procedure – Rule 50(1) of the Rules of Procedure)

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the draft Council implementing decision approving the conclusion by the European Police Office (Europol) of the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation between the Federative Republic of Brazil and Europol

(13980/2015 – C8‑0010/2016 – 2016/0801(CNS))

(Consultation)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Council draft (13980/2015),

–  having regard to Article 39(1) of the Treaty on European Union, as amended by the Treaty of Amsterdam, and Article 9 of Protocol No 36 on transitional provisions, pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C8-0010/2016),

–  having regard to Council Decision 2009/371/JHA of 6 April 2009 establishing the European Police Office (Europol)(1), and in particular Article 23(2) thereof,

–  having regard to Council Decision 2009/934/JHA of 30 November 2009 adopting the implementing rules governing Europol’s relations with partners, including the exchange of personal data and classified information(2), and in particular Articles 5 and 6 thereof,

–  having regard to Council Decision 2009/935/JHA of 30 November 2009 determining the list of third States and organisations with which Europol shall conclude agreements(3),

–  having regard to Rules 59 and 50(1) of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (A8-0070/2016),

1.  Approves the Council draft;

2.  Calls on the Council to notify Parliament if it intends to depart from the text approved by Parliament;

3.  Asks the Council to consult Parliament again if it intends to substantially amend the text approved by Parliament;

4.  Calls on the Commission to assess, after the entry into force of the new Europol Regulation (2013/0091(COD)), the provisions contained in the cooperation agreement; calls on the Commission to inform Parliament and the Council of the outcome of this assessment and, if appropriate, to submit a recommendation for an authorisation to open international renegotiation of the agreement;

5.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and Europol.

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

According to Article 23(2) of the current Europol Council Decision (Decision 2009/371/JHA), it is for the Council to approve the conclusion of international cooperation agreements with thirds states or international organisations, after having consulted the European Parliament. Such agreements may concern the exchange of operational, strategic, technical or classified information. Operational cooperation agreement also includes the exchange of personal data.

This proposal concerns the proposed approval of a strategic cooperation agreement between Europol and Brazil. Such strategic agreement excludes the exchange of personal data, so the issue of data protection is not relevant in this case. The information exchanged could include specialist knowledge, general situation reports, results of strategic analysis, information on criminal investigation procedures, information on crime-prevention methods, training activities, and the provision of advice and support in individual criminal investigations.

There seem to be clear operational needs for Europol to cooperate with Brazil. According to Europol, Brazil is increasingly relevant in the fight against organized crime, such as facilitated illegal immigration and trafficking in human beings, drug related crimes and credit card fraud, as well as other cybercrime related activities. Furthermore, the 2016 Olympic Games are expected, as is the case with any other major sports event, to lead to increased criminal activities. Finally, Brazil is also of particular interest in the area of counter-terrorism and asset recovery.

The rapporteur supports the conclusion of this strategic cooperation agreement with Brazil, since it would aid and reinforce the fight against organised crime and would contribute to enhancing international law enforcement co-operation.

The report follows the exact text that was adopted in Plenary on 15 December 2015 regarding the Strategic Cooperation Agreement between Europol and the United Arab Emirates.

PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Agreement on Strategic Cooperation between the Federative Republic of Brazil and Europol

References

13980/2015 – C8-0010/2016 – 2016/0801(CNS)

Date of consulting Parliament

18.1.2016

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

LIBE

21.1.2016

 

 

 

Committees asked for opinions

       Date announced in plenary

AFET

21.1.2016

 

 

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

AFET

1.2.2016

 

 

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

Claude Moraes

16.2.2016

 

 

 

Simplified procedure - date of decision

2.2.2016

Date adopted

16.3.2016

 

 

 

Date tabled

30.3.2016

(1)

OJ L 121, 15.5.2009, p. 37.

(2)

OJ L 325, 11.12.2009, p. 6.

(3)

OJ L 325, 11.12.2009, p. 12.

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