It is unquestioned that each national government is responsible for making and applying laws to protect its citizens. However we also notice that legal procedures and laws differ in many Member States. This becomes an issue when, for legal reasons, information cannot be exchanged from one Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) to another within an expedient timeframe. Furthermore, due to complicated administrative or legal procedures -but also to technical reasons such as incompatible systems, data formats or languages- information pertinent to a criminal investigation can take too long to reach the agencies concerned. In order to counter criminal and terrorist activities better, we need to improve our operational frameworks. We need to federate European LEA's activity - among Europe’s 1.3 million police officers.
The objective of the workshop is to allow practitioners of information management in law Enforcement Agencies to exchange their points of view while it intends to inform them about the present state of play on research activities. It will also help to define their current and future needs in terms of research priorities.
Europol, supports and strengthens action by the competent authorities of the Member States and their mutual cooperation in preventing an combating organised crime, terrorism and other forms of serious crime affecting two or more Member States. Europol fulfils this objective by collecting, storing, processing, analysing, and exchanging information and intelligence via the Europol Information System or Analysis Work Files (AWF). More than 3 countries and several International organisations s Eurojust and Interpol have via their Liaison Officers at Europol secure information links with Europol and amongst each other, all 27EU Member States have direct access to and feed to the Europol Information System.
The Directorate for Enterprise and Industry is managing on behalf of the European Commission the FP7 Security Research programme with a budget of €1.4 billions over the period 2007-2013. This programme is to develop technologies and knowledge for building capabilities needed to ensure the security of citizens from threats such as terrorism, natural disasters, and crime, while respecting fundamental human rights including privacy; to ensure optimal and concerted use of available technologies to the benefit of civil European security, to stimulate the cooperation of providers and users for civil security solutions, improving the competitiveness of the European security industry and delivering mission-oriented research results to reduce security gaps.
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