INTERPOL Global Register unveiled at Google Ideas INFO summit

July 18, 2012

INTERPOL on July 17, 2012 released the following:

“LOS ANGELES, USA – The creation of the INTERPOL Global Register (IGR), a pioneering solution in combating the trafficking of illicit goods by verifying products through their unique security features has been unveiled at the Google Ideas Illicit Networks Forces in Opposition (INFO) summit.

Unique security features can be placed on any type of consumer goods – such as pharmaceuticals, cigarettes, luxury items, household goods and toys – and in an unprecedented move, the INTERPOL Global Register will actively engage and empower the public, rights holders and law enforcement officials by enabling anyone with a mobile phone or Internet-connected device to verify a product’s legitimacy by screening these features to help determine whether the product is fake or being illicitly traded.

Clear links have been established between transnational organized crime, terrorism and the trafficking of illicit goods which generate huge profits globally at little risk to the traffickers. According to estimates more than USD 2 trillion are generated annually through illicit trade.

“INTERPOL’s core mandate has always been to make sure that law enforcement anywhere in the world will have access to the right information at the right time to fight crime. We are now taking this a step further by giving the public the ability to protect themselves by using the INTERPOL Global Register to check unique security features used to verify the authenticity of products,” said Secretary General Noble.

The INTERPOL chief also thanked Google Ideas for developing a ‘proof of concept’ model for the IGR which was unveiled at the Google INFO summit in Los Angeles where its functionality was demonstrated for the first time.

The IGR will act as a ‘gateway’, providing a flexible and secure method to integrate existing solutions across private/public sectors. It will be adaptable to virtually any product verification system put in place by manufacturers to uniquely identify their goods.

Searches can be conducted by entering details manually or scanning a code via mobile applications available on the Android, Apple, Microsoft and BlackBerry platforms which will then deliver fact, accurate and location-based information, making it a global resource for law enforcement and equally as important, protecting the public from potentially life-threatening fake products such as counterfeit medicines.

PharmaSecure, a leader in drug authentification technologies and software verification systems, currently used to security code more than one million packets of pharmaceuticals produced every day in India alone, has become one of the first companies to pursue this INTERPOL initiative.

“As an innovative pharmaceutical verification provider, Pharmasecure is proud to be the first to team up with INTERPOL to help consumers globally to verify their medicines through the INTERPOL Global Register initiative,” said Nathan Sigworth, PharmaSecure’s Co-founder and Chief Executive.

INTERPOL will also be working with the Digital Coding & Tracking Association – founded by British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco Group, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International to develop and promote tracking and tracing standards – in identifying ways to make their supply chain control system, known as Codentify, accessible via the IGR. Through the Codentify system and utilizing internationally agreed standards, it is possible to track and trace the movement of products through the supply chain, and identify whether products are genuine or counterfeit.

“Companies linking to the IGR will instantly become world leaders in securing their products and protecting consumers from fake and illicit goods, making the register an increasingly powerful tool for the consumer in giving them choice, for the companies in protecting their goods, whether branded or generic, and for law enforcement in dismantling transnational organized crime groups,” concluded INTERPOL Chief Noble.”

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Southeast Europe Police Chiefs contribution to regional and global security praised by INTERPOL Chief

April 25, 2012

INTERPOL on April 24, 2012 released the following:

“BUDVA, Montenegro – Addressing the Southeast Europe Police Chiefs INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said that their example of dedication and resolve to work together was an example of what can be achieved in combating regional transnational crime.

Speaking at the joint International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)/Southeast Europe Police Chiefs Association (SEPCA) Cyber Crime Conference and SEPCA General Assembly, the head of the world police body pointed to the expansion of access to INTERPOL’s databases beyond the National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in all nine SEPCA member countries as the model for other regions of the world.

Law enforcement officers in key locations across Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia can now carry out instant checks against INTERPOL’s databases.

In 2011, countries in the SEPCA region performed 50 million checks against INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database, triggering more than 3,000 alarms for people attempting to travel on a fraudulent document. A further 22 million checks on individuals were carried out, enabling officers to obtain critical policing information on nearly 25,000 persons known to law enforcement around the world.

Secretary General Noble said that the joint conference with IACP on cybercrime also clearly demonstrated the region’s recognition of the need to tackle crime in the virtual world is well as ensuring effective policing on the ground.

“Cybercrime is the challenge of tomorrow and one which will force us to reinvent the traditional business model of police as the expertise necessary to combat this type of crime will reside more in the private sector,” said Mr Noble, adding that INTERPOL was already putting measures in place to help its 190 member countries address this threat.

“The INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, which will open its doors in Singapore in 2014, will include an ‘innovation, research and digital security’ unit which will work with INTERPOL’s 190 member countries and the private sector to develop innovative solutions to tackle cybercrime.

“The commitment and vision of the police chiefs in Southeast Europe will ensure that SEPCA will be among the key players in contributing to the global security of tomorrow,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

During his meeting with Prime Minister Igor Lukšić, Secretary General Noble commended Montenegro’s NCB in Podgorica for having implemented so many of INTERPOL’s tools and services that help to keep Montenegrins and visitors safe.

Mr Noble also agreed that Montenegro would become the second country in the world where INTERPOL would deploy a special support team during the summer tourist season when the population in Budva grows from 20,000 to 100,000 persons in order to ensure that Montenegrin police have quick access to information about foreign tourists should the need arise.

“Montenegro has proved time and time again that it is committed to close international police cooperation via INTERPOL which enhances both security and the continued development of its country,” concluded Secretary General Noble.”

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INTERPOL praises capture of mafia boss in Thailand

April 4, 2012

INTERPOL on April 1, 2012 released the following:

“Convicted Italian fugitive was subject of INTERPOL Red Notice requested by Italy

LYON, France – The detention in Bangkok of a man wanted in Italy for mafia-related criminal conspiracy and the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for internationally-wanted persons has been praised by INTERPOL Chief Ronald K. Noble as an example of effective international police cooperation.

Vito Roberto Palazzolo, aged 64, was stopped by the Royal Thai police on Friday 30 March at Bangkok airport. He was sentenced by a court in Italy in 2009 to nine years in jail for criminal association as a prominent member of the Cosa Nostra Sicilian mafia for whom he had been accused of laundering money from the proceeds of drug trafficking and cigarette smuggling, and for closely associating with the undisputed leaders of the criminal organization.

The convicted mafia fugitive was taken into custody at Bangkok airport by officers from Thailand’s Bureau of Immigration, working in collaboration with INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Bangkok, as well as with the Foreign Affairs and Tourist Police divisions of the Royal Thai Police, with the assistance of INTERPOL’s liaison office in Bangkok.

INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon has been closely coordinating with INTERPOL’s NCB in Rome and its liaison office in Bangkok, in collaboration with Italian police services and case Prosecutor, as part of initiatives to locate Palazzolo in the Asian region where a previous travel entry by the fugitive was recently detected.

Secretary General Noble praised the authorities in Italy and Thailand for their continued commitment to cross-border law enforcement, which he said was exemplified by Palazzolo’s arrest.

“The capture of this convicted mafia fugitive highlights the very real and valuable results which can be achieved by INTERPOL member countries working together, especially when supported by INTERPOL global policing tools such as Red Notices,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Palazzolo’s arrest will I am sure encourage all INTERPOL member countries to renew their commitment to transnational police cooperation through the INTERPOL community, so that justice can run its course,” concluded Mr Noble.

A Red Notice represents one of INTERPOL’s most powerful tools in tracking international fugitives. Containing identification details and judicial information about a wanted person, a Red Notice seeks the location, the apprehension and the provisional arrest of a wanted person, and is circulated to police in all of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries.”

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INTERPOL Chief praises appointment of Ralf Mutschke as head of newly-created FIFA Security Division

March 6, 2012

INTERPOL on March 2, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has welcomed FIFA’s appointment of Ralf Mutschke as Director of the FIFA Security Division as a positive step in global efforts against match-fixing as well as illegal and irregular betting in football.

“FIFA’s decision to appoint Ralf Mutschke to head its Security Division should be applauded. With 33 years’ experience, both national and international, at one of the finest police agencies in the world and with the impeccable reputation for integrity that Mr Mutschke enjoys, FIFA has found the right person to fulfill its commitment to keep football clean and safe,” said Secretary General Noble.

The Head of INTERPOL again underlined the world police body’s commitment to helping stamp out all types of crime affecting the integrity of the sport and match security, and said that the collaboration that already exists between FIFA and INTERPOL in tackling the issue of match-fixing could only become even closer with Mr Mutschke’s appointment.

“Mr Mutschke served as INTERPOL’s Director of Regional and National Police Services between 2000 and 2002 where his responsibilities included the coordination of INTERPOL’s activities with all of our member countries’ National Central Bureaus in a wide range of crime areas. Much of the focus of his Directorate then was capacity building, so we can expect the INTERPOL-FIFA initiative against match-fixing as well as illegal and irregular betting to become even stronger in the months and years ahead,” added Mr Noble.

“The current Head of Security, Chris Eaton, has laid a strong foundation in FIFA’s efforts to fight match-fixing and corruption in football. As the INTERPOL Secretary General who has served with them both, I am confident that Ralf Mutschke’s commitment to keeping corruption out of football will be unmatched,” concluded Secretary General Noble.

Mr Mutschke, a senior manager at the German Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA), will take up his appointment on 1 June 2012.

In 2011 INTERPOL created its Integrity in Sport Unit as part of the 10-year venture agreed between FIFA and INTERPOL to target match-fixing and illegal and irregular betting across the globe.”

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INTERPOL Group of Experts on Corruption recognized for its valuable contribution

February 6, 2012

INTERPOL on February 2, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – The final meeting of the INTERPOL Group of Experts on Corruption (IGEC) saw members formally recognized for their contribution by INTERPOL’s Secretary General Ronald K. Noble at a ceremony at its General Secretariat headquarters.

Key among the achievements of the IGEC since its creation in 1999 are the production of the Global Standards to Combat Corruption in Police Forces/Services and the Library of Best Practices, comprehensive documents which have been accepted worldwide as essential texts for corruption investigators.

Secretary General Noble said the organization, and each of its 190 member countries, owed the IGEC members a debt of gratitude for their outstanding and dedicated service.

“The INTERPOL Group of Experts on Corruption has done much more than accomplish its mandate. It has created a strong foundation in which INTERPOL anchors its present and future anti-corruption initiatives. This foundation is a lasting legacy to our strong and successful partnership for the past 11 years,” the INTERPOL chief told the gathered experts.

The final meeting of the IGEC marked the completion of the group’s mandate and the development of INTERPOL’s anti-corruption activities, including initiatives to assist law enforcement bodies in recovering and returning stolen public funds to victim countries. A key element in this is the INTERPOL Global Focal Point Platform, a network of specialists available worldwide 24/7 to respond to emergency requests for assistance where a rapid response is crucial to law enforcement in order to avoid losing the money trail.

Secretary General Noble presented medals and certificates to Chairman of the IGEC, Hon. Justice Barry O’Keefe AM, former Supreme Court Judge of New South Wales, Australia and Commissioner of the ICAC in New South Wales; Vice-Chairman of the IGEC Michael Hershman, President of the Fairfax Group and co-founder of Transparency International; Sue Akers, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police Service; Kevin Ford, Managing Director and Chief Compliancy Officer with Regulatory DataCorp; Dr Michel Girodo, Professor in Criminology at Ottawa University, Canada; Paul Lachal Roberts with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and Abu Kassim Bin Mohamed, Commissioner with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption.

Other IGEC members not present at the ceremony: Mark Codd, Chief Security Officer with Siemens; Theodore Greenberg of the World Bank; Wolfgang Hetzer, Anticorruption Advisor (OLAF); Martin Kreutner of the International Anti-Corruption Academy; Patrick Moulette, Head of the Anti-Corruption Division, Organization for Economic Co-operation And Development; Professor Pakdee Pothisiri, National Anti-Corruption Commission, Thailand and Ryan Wong, Director of Investigations, Independent Commission Against Corruption, Hong Kong, China.”

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Italy’s head of criminal police visits INTERPOL ahead of Rome General Assembly

January 16, 2012

INTERPOL on January 16, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – Italy’s Director General of Criminal Police and Deputy Director General of Public Security, Prefect Francesco Cirillo, today met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters to discuss security measures aimed at enhancing international cooperation against cross-border crime.

With Rome hosting the 81st INTERPOL General Assembly later this year (5-8 November), the visit by Prefect Cirillo provided an opportunity to review preparations for the conference which will cover key security issues such as transnational organized crime, human and drug trafficking, terrorism, corruption, cybercrime and stolen works of art.

The role of international law enforcement cooperation and the global tools and services INTERPOL provides its 190 member countries against international crime will top the conference agenda.

During his meeting with Prefect Cirillo, Secretary General Noble underlined Italy’s ‘strong leadership’ in international law enforcement cooperation, and said INTERPOL’s General Assembly in Rome was set to determine the international security agenda ‘at a time when globalization has seen the expansion and diversification of transnational crime’.

The General Assembly is composed of delegates appointed by the governments of member countries. As INTERPOL’s supreme governing body, it meets once a year and takes all the major decisions affecting general policy, the resources needed for international cooperation, working methods, finances and programmes of activities. It also elects the Organization’s Executive Committee. Each member country represented has one vote.”

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INTERPOL and Europol establish new communications link for secure information exchange

December 20, 2011

INTERPOL on December 20, 2011 released the following:

“A new network connection has been established between INTERPOL and Europol, enabling the secure exchange of information between the two law enforcement organizations.

The interconnection of the two organizations’ computer networks via a secure link, one of the elements of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and Europol Director Rob Wainwright in October, provides a technical foundation for the further development and sharing of services in the future.

The heads of the organizations became the first individuals to exchange messages via the secure link to mark its launch today, Tuesday.

“Current operational cooperation between Europol and INTERPOL rests on a solid basis and this new secure link will undoubtedly strengthen the alliance between our two organizations. It will ensure an even more powerful response for the international law enforcement community, ultimately enhancing our capabilities, and those of our respective Member States, to tackle international crime and terrorism.” said Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol.

The creation of the secure communication line between INTERPOL and Europol is the most recent in a series of initiatives aiming to enhance and streamline cooperation between the two organizations, efforts which Secretary General Noble said are essential in helping preserve European and global security.

“INTERPOL will continue to work closely with Europol to identify other areas where both organizations can bring added value to our member countries, and the creation of this secure communications link is an important step in this endeavour,” said Mr Noble.

“As law enforcement faces increasing pressures with limited budgets, we need to remain innovative in identifying ways where we can work more effectively with the resources we have in tackling all forms of crime,” added the head of INTERPOL.

Since the signing of the first cooperation agreement between INTERPOL and Europol in 2001, a wide range of joint activities have been implemented aimed at facilitating and simplifying the exchange of operational and strategic crime information, to combat a range of criminal activities including maritime piracy, counter-terrorism, cybercrime and child sexual exploitation.”

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French support boosts INTERPOL’s global efforts against maritime piracy

December 13, 2011

INTERPOL on December 8, 2011 released the following:

“Global fight against maritime piracy focus of INTERPOL visit by France’s Special Representative

LYON, France – The Special Representative of France’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in charge of coordination of the international war against piracy, Jocelyne Caballero, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble as part of the close collaboration between France and the world police body on enhancing international efforts against the threat of maritime piracy.

Ms Caballero and Secretary General Noble, meeting at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters, reviewed the current international strategy against maritime piracy and INTERPOL’s maritime piracy projects with which France is closely associated. France has in particular supported INTERPOL’s Maritime Piracy programme by financing its EVEXI project (EUR 100,000 in 2011) and by agreeing to second two officials to INTERPOL’s programme in 2012.

The EVEXI project aims to establish and promulgate procedures for building the capacity of six East African countries (Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Oman, Seychelles and Tanzania) in maritime piracy intelligence gathering and forensic evidence collection.

With INTERPOL’s Maritime Piracy Task Force advocating a global response to improve evidence collection, facilitate data exchange, build regional capabilities and work in partnership, Special Representative Caballero said: “France recognizes INTERPOL’s global resources and longstanding commitment to tackling maritime piracy as crucial to the international community’s ability to better address maritime piracy and bring those involved before the courts.”

With plans by French authorities to make the Gendarmerie Maritime and other French law enforcement agencies available to support INTERPOL Maritime Piracy Incident Response Teams, and implement project EVEXI in addition to training for regional law enforcement agencies, INTERPOL Secretary General Noble lauded France’s ‘active support’ for INTERPOL’s maritime piracy programme.

“France recognizes that international law enforcement provides the critical link between arrests made through military interventions and the investigation and prosecution of maritime pirates and associated criminal networks,” said the head of INTERPOL.

“A collaborative approach that combines intelligence, resources and strategic partnerships is required against maritime piracy. In this endeavour, INTERPOL’s global tools and collaboration with international partners such as France play a crucial role against this transnational crime.”

Ms Caballero was accompanied by Alexandre Pichon, head of European and international cooperation at INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Paris, Lieutenant Colonel Christian Henry of the Gendarmerie Nationale, and by Colonel Jacques Lainé and Lieutenant Colonel Christophe Hy of the Gendarmerie Maritime which is responsible for judicial investigations related to acts of piracy against French ships.

The visit to INTERPOL by Ms Caballero came a week after a Paris court convicted five Somali men for hijacking a sailboat off the African country’s coast and kidnapping its two-person crew in the Gulf of Aden three years ago.

The United Nations Security Council last month unanimously endorsed Resolution 2020 (2011) calling on all of its 193 member states to share information with INTERPOL as part of a comprehensive global response to maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia.

INTERPOL’s General Assembly in Hanoi this year adopted a resolution urging its 190 member countries to share information related to maritime piracy through the circulation of INTERPOL Notices, and to populate INTERPOL’s databases, in particular its Global Maritime Piracy and Stolen Vessels databases.”

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INTERPOL Chief says Commonwealth of Independent States collaboration is a model for other regions

October 14, 2011

INTERPOL on October 14, 2011 released the following:

Armenia becomes first CIS country to recognize INTERPOL passport

YEREVAN, Armenia – Addressing the Council of Ministers of Internal Affairs of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Yerevan today, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said that the region’s impressive cooperation with the world police body played an important role in the global fight against crime and terrorism.

Mr Noble’s remarks follow his meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan who agreed to grant INTERPOL passport holders special visa waiver status, saying that ‘in today’s world, law enforcement officers holding INTERPOL passports should not be delayed in travelling to countries which have asked for assistance.’

President Sargsyan’s support and recognition that no additional burdens should be placed on INTERPOL officials responding to requests from member countries were praised by Secretary General Noble as ‘a significant step forward in enhancing national, regional and global security.’

The INTERPOL passport, now officially recognized by 24 countries, is aimed at facilitating the worldwide deployment of INTERPOL officials, chiefs of law enforcement agencies, heads of National Central Bureaus and staff by allowing them to travel internationally on official INTERPOL business without requiring a visa prior to boarding a plane to assist in transnational investigations or in urgent deployments.

Since taking the helm of the world police body in 2000, Mr Noble said that the CIS region had repeatedly shown innovation and unwavering support in its commitment to INTERPOL and the global law enforcement community, pointing to the creation of the INTERPOL Anti-Heroin Smuggling Training Centre in Russia in 2007 and the expansion of access to INTERPOL’s tools to frontline police in more than 50 remote sites across Central Asia through an EU-funded project.

Secretary General Noble’s presence at the CIS Ministers meeting in Yerevan follows his participation at the ‘Donbass Anti-Terror 2011’ exercise organized by the CIS Anti-Terrorism Centre and the Security Service of Ukraine in Donetsk last month. That event and the willingness of both Russia and Belarus to share evidence and intelligence obtained after the January 2011 attack on Domodedovo International airport and the Oktyabrskaya subway station bombing in Minsk just months later were hailed by Mr Noble as a demonstration of the region’s collaborative approach to security.

“The close cooperation between the member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States serves as a model for other regions of the world in ensuring that they present a united and effective front against transnational criminals and terrorists,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“This collective approach is vital in maximizing the ability of each individual country to better combat these shared threats, and is a strategy clearly employed by all countries in the region to protect citizens and visitors,” added the INTERPOL chief.

“International police cooperation via INTERPOL is essential in creating opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of national police services and therefore of regional and international security,” said Minister of the Republic of Armenia and Head of the Police, Lieutenant-General Alik Sargsyan.

“We are committed to using an international approach in the fight against crime, working with INTERPOL to protect our borders and citizens from terrorists and other criminals and also to send a strong message to the global criminal community that it cannot evade justice in Armenia,” added the police chief.

During his mission, Mr Noble also visited the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Yerevan where he was briefed on a range of policing activities including drug enforcement and human trafficking.”

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INTERPOL and Europol agree joint initiatives to enhance global response against transnational crime

October 13, 2011

INTERPOL on October 12, 2011 released the following:

“LYON, France – INTERPOL and Europol have extended their close collaboration against transnational organized crime after the leaders of the two international police agencies agreed on Tuesday to establish a secure communication line between both organizations and endorsed a collaborative operational action plan in key security areas.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding signed by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and Europol Director Rob Wainwright, the communication line will link up the secure networks of both agencies to facilitate and simplify the exchange of operational and strategic crime information, including via their respective liaison officers based at INTERPOL in Lyon and at Europol in The Hague.

During their two-day meeting at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters (11-12 October), Secretary General Noble and Director Wainwright also agreed that INTERPOL and Europol should enhance their collaborative operational efforts within their respective mandates to underpin a global response against transnational organized crime and terrorism by endorsing operational action plans of cooperation in five areas: maritime piracy, counter-terrorism, securing major international public events, cyber-crime and child sexual exploitation.

Europol Director Rob Wainwright said: “Identifying and developing areas for future joint actions between Europol and INTERPOL is very important to us and key to providing an even more integrated service to the international police community on both sides. We are committed to developing the best possible cooperation – intensive efforts on both our sides will bring about more security to Europe and beyond, and will make a distinctive contribution to our fight against serious international crime worldwide.”

The head of Europol was also updated during his visit on INTERPOL’s Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) which will tackle 21st century crime threats such as cyber-crime. The IGCI will open in Singapore by early 2014.

INTERPOL Secretary General said that the agreement marked ‘another important step’ in strengthening the close collaboration between INTERPOL and Europol and the international fight against organized crime and terrorism.

“These new initiatives represent a natural and strong evolution in our collaboration with Europol under the leadership of Director Wainwright, and a leap forward in our common efforts against 21st century crime,” said the head of INTERPOL.

“At a time when crime threats are becoming more complex and criminals are exploiting technology as well as physical and virtual mobility, our agreement is both a natural and necessary development in our strategic collaboration. It benefits both of our organizations by maximizing our resources and advancing our efforts against the threats faced by all our member countries,” added Secretary General Noble.

Tuesday’s agreement follows a series of strategic meetings between both leaders, including a joint INTERPOL-Europol global initiative to combat the threats of maritime piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

In this respect, at an operational level the area of maritime piracy has highlighted the excellent collaboration between INTERPOL and Europol in information exchange and analysis. The UN Security Council unanimously endorsed in November 2010 a Resolution calling on all UN 192 member countries to work with INTERPOL and Europol to fight criminal networks involved in maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia.

The European Union Council also adopted in December 2010 a Decision which will see the EU’s military mission against maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia use INTERPOL’s global network and tools to fight the criminal networks behind piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

A future step in Tuesday’s agreement between INTERPOL and Europol will see the extension of law enforcement tools and services between both organizations, and the identification of proposals for future joint actions.”

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