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Press Release – Upgrading aviation security and information exchange
06.12.2012, 19:13 (CET)
The Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs took a further step towards maximising aviation security against terrorism threats, in today's first day of the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council taking place in Brussels on December 6 and 7. Αdopting the  conclusions on aviation security against terrorist threats, the Council agreed on the need for further work on the extension of the risk assessment activities  in the aviation security area beyond the existing ones (cargo and liquid explosives).   

In its Conclusions, the Council, chaired by Cyprus’ Minister of Justice and Public Order, Mr. Loucas Louca,,  welcomes and encourages the cooperation underway between relevant Member States authorities, inter alia in the AirPol (European Law Enforcement Network at Airport) Context, to identify, develop and share good practices with a view to enhancing prevention and protection of both aviation infrastructures and related soft targets against terrorist attacks.  It also highlights the necessity of cooperation between the public and private sectors and between the EU and third countries.

Timely and up-to-day information against crime

The process of information exchange amongst law enforcement authorities will be improved following today’s discussions which focused on the existing obstacles in this area, which were identified as mainly delays and insufficient updating of information that can often have particularly negative consequences regarding the investigation of cross-border cases.  

The findings of the Cyprus Presidency, which came about as a result of an evaluation of the Swedish Framework Decision, formed the basis for the discussion.  The evaluation revealed certain problems in the implementation of this tool. According to the findings, there are certain measures that need to be taken in order to speed up and simplify the information exchange. These measures include

  • a review of the terms of access to national data bases of police and judicial authorities
  • the determination of  national contact points
  • a decrease in  legal assistance requests
  • the encouragement of Member States to implement relevant legislation at national level

Referring to the issue, Cyprus’Justice Minister  noted that these findings should be taken seriously into account during the forthcoming discussions concerning the European Commission’s Report (European Information Exchange Model).   

Presidency Spokesperson in Brussels
Nikos Christodoulides

Coreper II

Email: nchristodoulides@mfa.gov.cy
Telephone: +32 27395152
Mobile: +32 473400441
Communications Officer
Lefki Solomontos

Ministry of Justice & Public Order

Email: lsolomontos@mjpo.gov.cy
Telephone: +357 22805996

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