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Police: Moldova

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will establish an exchange programme between the UK and Moldova police to improve co-operation to reduce serious organised crime; (243704)

(2) if she will make arrangements with her Moldovan counterpart for regular bilateral consultations to implement the provisions of the 2001 Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and Moldova.

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: SOCA undertakes limited but productive bilateral co-operation with its counterparts in Moldova. This co-operation is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation in the fight against Serious Crime, Organised Crime, Illicit Drug Trafficking and In Like Matters of Mutual Interest, of 17 January 2001, signed by ACPO, HM Customs and Excise, Serious Fraud Office, the Crown Prosecution Service of England and Wales, the National Crime Squad and the National Criminal Intelligence Service. SOCA has assumed the interests and responsibilities of the last two agencies following its establishment in 2006.

SOCA welcomes any opportunity to improve its collaboration with overseas partners.