Proposal for a Regulation amending Regulation (EU) 2016/794, as regards Europol’s cooperation with private parties, the processing of personal data by Europol in support of criminal investigations, and Europol’s role on research and innovation

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Series Details COM (2020) 796
Publication Date 09/12/2020
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Summary:

Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 9 December 2020, introducing a number of amendments to Regulation (EU) 2016/794 on the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol).

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Regulation (EU) 2016/794 set up the rules for Europol and adapts the Agency's external relations to the rules of the Lisbon Treaty.

This proposal is aimed at strengthening the mandate of Europol to allow for closer cooperation with private parties and transmission of relevant evidence to Member States in the framework of the fight against terrorism. The revised mandate would also allow Europol to process large and complex datasets; to improve cooperation with the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) as well as with non-EU partner countries; and to help develop new technologies that match law enforcement needs. The proposed amendments also intend to strengthen Europol's data protection framework and parliamentary oversight.

The draft law was put forward by the European Commission on 9 December 2020, alongside its latest Counter-Terrorism Agenda. Member State representatives adopted a general approach on 30 June 2021 on behalf of the Council of the European Union.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=COM:2020:796:FIN
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Commentary and Analysis
Statewatch: News, 22/12/2020: EU: New counter-terror plans and more powers for Europol put rights at risk https://www.statewatch.org/news/2020/december/eu-new-counter-terror-plans-and-more-powers-for-europol-put-rights-at-risk/
EPRS: Briefing, January 2021: Revision of the Europol Regulation (Implementation Appraisal) https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2021)654214

News
EurActiv, 09/12/2020: EU sets out plan to expand Europol’s counter-terror mandate https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/eu-sets-out-plan-to-expand-europols-counter-terror-mandate/

Official
EUR-Lex: SWD(2020)543: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact Assessement https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2020:543:FIN
EUR-Lex: SWD(2020)544: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2020:544:FIN
European Commission: Priorities 2019-2024: European Security Union https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/promoting-our-european-way-life/european-security-union_en
European Commission: Press Release, 09/12/2020: Security Union: A Counter-Terrorism Agenda and stronger Europol to boost the EU's resilience https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_2326
European Commission: A Counter-Terrorism Agenda for the EU and a stronger mandate for Europol: Questions and Answers (9 December 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_20_2325
European Commission: Opening remarks by Executive Vice-President Schinas at the Security Union Package press conference (9 December 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_20_2362
European Commission: Opening remarks by Commissioner Johansson at the Security Union Package press conference (9 December 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_20_2366

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