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Parliamentary questions
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2 August 2019
Question for written answer E-002517-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Widening of cooperation between Europol and the CTG
 Answer in writing 

Since 1 July 2016 the ‘Club de Bern’, an intelligence-sharing platform for secret services, and the non-EU affiliated Counter Terrorism Group (CTG) have been running an ‘operational platform’ in The Hague.

The platform hosts a secret joint file and real-time information system. This outpost of the CTG works exclusively on ‘Islamist terrorism’. For two years, Europol, the EU’s law-enforcement agency, has been looking into ways of cooperating more closely with the platform.

1. What avenues for closer cooperation between Europol and the CTG have been explored and what possibilities have been identified?

2. Which Member States have begun their own cooperations (also involving Europol) after this assessment?

3. To what extent could cooperation with the CTG under the purviews of participating national intelligence services be extended to encompass areas other than terrorism, and what has the Commission proposed in this respect?

Original language of question: DE 
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