Permanent Representatives Committee approves agreement on EU funding for police cooperation, preventing and combating crime

12 December 2013, Last updated at, 12:13 EET
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EU Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER II) on December 11 in Brussels has approved the agreement with the European Parliament on the Regulation for the Internal Security Fund which sets out the funding guidelines in the new financial period of 2014–2020 for the financial support for police cooperation, preventing and combating crime and crisis management.

“These are very important financing programs. We have now paved way for the final adoption of the Regulation which will ensure the financing of the measures that will contribute to the higher level of security in the EU,” said chair of the Permanent Representatives Committee ambassador Raimundas Karoblis.

The agreement on this regulation proposed by the European Commission in November 2011, is already the second of four Home Affairs financing instruments agreed with the EP. The Lithuanian Presidency is aiming to conclude the negotiations on the remaining regulations with the EP as soon as possible.

The compromise agreement was reached with the EP and endorsed by the COREPER. The general objective of this financial instrument is to set the gudelines for the financial support for actions of crime prevention, combating cross-border, serious and organised crime, including terrorism. It also regulates funding for reinforcing the coordination and cooperation between law enforcement authorities and other national authorities of the Member States, including with EUROPOL or other relevant EU bodies, and with relevant third-countries and international organisations.

The instrument will also ensure the financial support aiming at enhancing the capacity of the Member States and the Union for the effective management of the security-related risks and crises, as well as preparing for, and protecting people and critical infrastructure against, terrorist attacks and other security-related incidents.
 

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