Georgia and Europol sign partnership agreement

 Georgia and Europol sign partnership agreement

Georgian Interior Minister Giorgi Mgebrishvili and Europol's Director Rob Wainwright signed an Agreement on Operational and Strategic Cooperation to expand cooperation to combat serious and organised cross-border criminal activities.

As a response to urgent problems arising from international organised crime and terrorism, the agreement allows for the exchange of information, including the personal data of suspected criminals, and the joint planning of operational activities.

"Once this agreement comes into force, our country will, in fact, become an operational partner of Europol, meaning Georgia will become an integral part of the European order,” the Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said.

"Georgia will fully cooperate with Europol as well as strengthen already existing effective law enforcement cooperation with EU Member States in tackling transnational crime,” cited Mgebrishvili as saying.