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Parliamentary questions
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30 October 2020
E-005926/2020
Question for written answer  E-005926/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Covert intelligence-gathering at EU justice and home affairs agencies

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) has signed a contract for EUR 15 000 with security firm Chenega Europe, headquartered in Northern Ireland, for the provision of human intelligence training. It is not clear what this covers. The company delivers training on undercover investigations. Similarly, the Commission has already spent EUR 35 000 on covert intelligence-gathering under the EU police project SPECTRE.

1. With which authorities or companies have the EU justice and home affairs agencies signed contracts for the provision of training on human intelligence or similar topics, and what does this mean exactly?

2. Which national agencies or authorities are expected to make use of these services, and to what extent are Frontex and Europol already using undercover investigators or informants to gather intelligence?

3. How much money has been spent on informants under the EU police project SPECTRE, led by the French National Gendarmerie, the Lithuanian criminal police and the German Federal Police, and via which participating police forces or intelligence services were they recruited or sourced?

Original language of question: DE
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