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Parliamentary questions
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2 December 2019
 P-003000/2019
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Question reference: P-003000/2019

The Treaties establish an EU competence in respect of police cooperation only amongst EU Member States and between the EU and third countries; this cooperation is regulated by Title V of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Police cooperation between any of the EU Member States and third countries is a national competence.

Consequently, the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2016/794 (Europol Regulation) have no bearing on the potential presence of third-country police officers in EU Member States.

As regards cooperation between police officers of EU Member States and those of third countries, the EU Member States must comply with EU rules on the confidentiality of information and transfers of personal data to third countries(1).

The Council does not have information regarding the application in the EU Member States of EU rules on the confidentiality of information and transfers of personal data to third countries. Nor does it have information regarding a potential presence of third-country police in EU Member States.

(1)See, in particular, Directive (EU) 2016/680 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by competent authorities for the purposes of the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties, and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Council Framework Decision 2008/977/JHA, OJ L 119, 4.5.2016, p. 89.
Last updated: 4 December 2019Legal notice