Spain agrees closer cooperation against terrorism

27th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

27 May 2005, PRUEM — Spain has signed an agreement with six other members of the European Schengen area to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism and organised crime.

27 May 2005

PRUEM — Spain has signed an agreement with six other members of the European Schengen area to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism and organised crime.

The Spanish interior minister Jose Antonio Alonso signed the agreement in Pruem, Germany, along with his counterparts from France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Austria.

Alonso said it was a "great leap forward qualitatively and historically for liberty security and justice".

He added that the treaty would mean greater sharing of information to help the fight against terrorism, organised crime and other forms of criminal behaviour.

The treaty is to come into action in three years time and other EU countries can also sign-up to the agreement.

It is designed to guarantee greater sharing of information on terrorist suspects and organised criminals.

There will be automatic consultation between national information databases and the comparison of DNA profiles as well as  sharing of fingerprint databases.

All countries are to exchange information on major disasters to help other countries learn from them.

There is also to be more sharing of information to prevent terrorist attacks and the escort of suspicious planes.

There will be a greater interchange of information about faked IDs and documents and expulsions of suspects, along with more efforts to work together to stop suspects escaping over national borders.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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