Signature of the setting up of a joint police and customs office between Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg
End production: 24/10/2008 First transmission: 24/10/2008
Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg signed on 24 October 2008 the setting up of a joint police and customs office to improve assistance and closer cooperation in cross-border activities. By this first step at four, they showed their will to consolidate and reinforce the safety and security of their citizens, within the framework of a process of convergence among their law enforcement authorities. This convergence, in addition to the principles of mutual recognition and availability of information, constitutes a guiding principle for the continued construction of the common European area of security and for improved operational cooperation between law enforcement agencies.
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||Signature of the setting up of a joint police and customs office between Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg: (from left to right) by Patrick Dewael, Belgian Minister for the Interior, Michèle Alliot-Marie, French Minister for the Interior, Overseas France and Territorial Communities, and President in office of the Council, Luc Frieden, Luxembourgish Minister for Justice, and Wolfgang Schäuble, German Federal Minister for the Interior (9 shots)
||Michèle Alliot-Marie (in FRENCH) saying that this agreement relies on an ambition and a method; the ambition is to make a further step forward in the construction of a Europe of security; the method used is the one of convergence between the European policies, a convergence of structures, a convergence of practices and a convergence also of trainings
||Luc Frieden (in FRENCH) saying that they show with that agreement on the setting up of a police and customs office that police cooperation at regional level in a European-wide context works; this is the first office ever created between four countries; there are lots of offices between two countries, sometimes between three countries but it is the first between four countries; at four, they will therefore ensure more security in this cross-border zone between France, Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg
||Joint handshake between the four Ministers