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Swedish Initiative

The timely access to accurate and up-to-date information and intelligence is crucial for law enforcement authorities to successfully detect, prevent and investigate crime or criminal activity. The Swedish Initiative provides a common legal framework for the effective and expeditious exchange of information and intelligence between EU States' law enforcement authorities.

The "Swedish Initiative " (proposed by Sweden) on simplifying the exchange of information and intelligence between law enforcement authorities was adopted in 2006.

This instrument sets out rules for the cross-border exchanges of criminal information and intelligence, ensuring that these rules are not stricter than those applying to data exchanges at national level (principle of equivalent access). It introduces an obligation on EU States to answer to information queries from other EU States and regulates the conditions for the provision of information and intelligence, including time limits, requests, communication channels and languages, as well as data protection measures.

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Principle of equivalent access

EU law enforcement authorities and officials are given equivalent rights of access to data and databases within ...