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Information exchange and cooperation regarding terrorist offences

 

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Council Decision 2005/671/JHA on the exchange of information and cooperation concerning terrorist offences

WHAT DOES THIS DECISION DO?

The fight against terrorism is one of the priority objectives of the European Union (EU). This decision sets out a procedure for the sharing of information on criminal investigations, prosecutions and convictions for terrorist offences among EU countries.

KEY POINTS

  • To fight against terrorism, it is essential for the relevant services to have the fullest and most up-to-date information possible. EU countries should gather information concerning criminal investigations, prosecutions and convictions for terrorist offences, which affect 2 or more EU countries, and transmit it to Europol or Eurojust, as appropriate.
  • A designated specialised service from within a country’s law enforcement authorities is responsible for sending all relevant information arising from criminal investigations for terrorist offences to Europol, including:
    • the identity of the person or group;
    • the acts under investigation and the circumstances;
    • the offence;
    • links with other relevant cases;
    • the use of communication technologies;
    • the threat posed by the possession of weapons of mass destruction.
  • At least one authority in each country is designated as Eurojust’s national correspondent for terrorism matters, and is responsible for sending all relevant information concerning terrorist prosecutions and convictions to Eurojust, including:
    • the identity of the person or group under criminal investigation or subject to prosecution;
    • the offence concerned and its specific circumstances;
    • information about final convictions for terrorist offences and the specific circumstances surrounding those offences;
    • links with other relevant cases;
    • requests for judicial assistance to or from an EU country, and any response.
  • Each EU country ensures that relevant information from documents or other evidence obtained during investigations or terrorist proceedings is made available as soon as possible to other EU countries.
  • Where appropriate, countries should set up joint investigation teams to conduct investigations. Requests from other EU countries for legal assistance and enforcement of judgments should be given top priority.
  • The decision should not jeopardise the safety of individuals or the success of an ongoing investigation or specific intelligence operation, and does not go beyond what is necessary to achieve its objectives.

Council Recommendation 2007/562/EC concerns the sharing of information on terrorist kidnappings among EU countries.

FROM WHEN DOES THE DECISION APPLY?

It applies from 30 September 2005.

BACKGROUND

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MAIN DOCUMENT

Council Decision 2005/671/JHA of 20 September 2005 on the exchange of information and cooperation concerning terrorist offences (OJ L 253, 29.9.2005, pp. 22–24)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Council Recommendation of 12 June 2007 concerning sharing of information on terrorist kidnappings (OJ L 214, 17.8.2007, pp. 9–12)

last update 18.08.2016

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