Answer given by Ms Malmström on behalf of the Commission
The Commission is aware of specific cases, including some highlighted recently in a report by Fair Trials International(1), in which allegedly politically motivated requests were made by a number of Interpol's Members for the arrest of wanted persons.
While not being a member of Interpol, the Commission takes the view that Interpol's instruments should be used appropriately with a view to contributing to the prevention of and fight against criminality and the protection of fundamental rights.
Interpol has a system to address potential abuse of its instruments, based on the Interpol constitution, the Interpol rules on the control of information and access to Interpol files, the Interpol rules on the processing of data, as well as the operating rules of the Interpol Commission for the Control of Interpol Files.
In liaison with EU Member States, as Members of Interpol, the Commission will raise with Interpol the existing procedures for the issuance of Interpol notices, including the possible need for actions to further strengthen mechanisms to avoid politically motivated requests.
The Commission will keep the European Parliament informed of those discussions.