EU members agree to exchange DNA profiles
26 May 2005
BRUSSELS – Belgium was one of seven EU members which agreed on Thursday to exchange DNA profiles to further combat crime.
In addition, a treaty on cross-border access to data on vehicles and the exchange of personnel data on suspected terrorists and football hooligans will be signed in Pruem in Germany on Friday.
Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, France and Spain will be involved in the exchange, news agency DPA reported on Thursday.
EU diplomats in Brussels said the treaty will allow the other country to inspect national data banks via so-called ‘contact points’ to see if a DNA profile found at a crime scene has already been saved in another country.
A suspect’s identity will be revealed only once a formal legal request has been made.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news