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21 January 2020
E-000321/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sophia in 't Veld, Abir Al-Sahlani, Malik Azmani, Olivier Chastel, Antony Hook, Fabienne Keller, Moritz Körner, Nathalie Loiseau, Jan-Christoph Oetjen, Maite Pagazaurtundúa, Michal Šimečka, Ramona Strugariu, Dragoş Tudorache, Hilde Vautmans, Irina Von Wiese
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: UK authorities’ concealed failure to alert the EU to 75 000 criminal convictions

On 14 January, it was revealed that the UK authorities failed to forward details of 75 000 convictions against EU citizens to their home country and concealed this failure from other Member States. This was done for fear of damaging the UK’s reputation as regards law enforcement cooperation and judicial cooperation in criminal matters. The UK authorities have yet to forward details of these 75 000 cases to law enforcement authorities in the EU-27 (1) .

Does the Commission agree that this, like the UK authorities’ hack of Belgian provider Belgacom and illegal use of the Schengen information system database, constitutes a severe failure that exposes Member States to security risks and undermines public trust in the UK authorities as a partner in police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, and does it agree that a swift and detailed inquiry is needed, with findings to be presented to Parliament? If so, will it take action immediately?

Does it agree that information exchange can only improve security if both sides deliver, and that if one side fails to do so, no net gains in security are made, rendering cooperation meaningless?

Will it therefore insist on a clear and permanent framework for UK participation in police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters that includes adequate mechanisms for accountability and enforcement?

(1) https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/14/revealed-uk-concealed-failure-to-alert-eu-over-75000-criminal-convictions
Original language of question: NL
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