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Europol Information System

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the proposed EU legislation for the development of the Europol Information System; and what its legal base is. (108079)

The Convention on the Establishment of a European Police Office (Europol), based on Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union, and related Council Decisions provide the legal base for Europol’s computerised system of collected information, including an information system and analysis work files, and associated provisions on protection of personal data. A Council Act of 27 November 2003 (OJ C two, 6.1.2004, p.1) recommended adoption by the member states of a Protocol amending the Convention including certain of its provisions relating to the computerised system of collected information. These would, among other matters, speed up the arrangements for creating analysis work files. The Protocol is expected to come into effect in the first half of 2007. Certain provisions enabling Europol to operate the Protocol are included in two draft Council Decisions now under consideration in the Europol Management Board. These deal with aspects of processing of personal data and the rules applicable to analysis work files. The Government supports the purposes of the draft Council Decisions subject to consideration of the awaited Opinion on data protection matters of the independent Joint Supervisory Body established under the Convention. The draft Council Decisions and the Joint Supervisory Body’s Opinion will be deposited with the parliamentary scrutiny committees in the usual way.