Exchange of information on movements of groups
European Union wishes to ensure police cooperation at events attended by large numbers of people from several Member States. Police action is aimed primarily at preserving law and order and security and at preventing crime.
Joint Action 97/339/JHA of 26 May 1997, adopted by the Council on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union, with regard to cooperation on law and order and security.
The Member States will provide the other Member States concerned with information, upon request or unsolicited, via central bodies, if large groups which might pose a threat to law and order and security are travelling to another Member State to participate in events. The information is supplied at the earliest possible stage to all the Member States concerned, whether or not they are neighbours, including those through which the groups will transit.
The information should include full details about:
- the group in question;
- the proposed route and stopping places;
- the means of transport;
- any other relevant information;
- the reliability of the information.
The information provided will be supplied in compliance with national law.
Member States may temporarily second liaison officers to other Member States that so request. Their role will be to provide advice and assistance. They will have no powers and will not be armed. They will provide information and carry out their duties in accordance with instructions from their own Member State and guidelines from the Member State to which they are seconded. The host Member State will ensure that liaison officers are protected.
The competent authorities of the host Member State determine the activities of the liaison officers, who must follow the guidelines of these authorities.
The following arrangements have been made to promote cooperation between the competent central bodies of the Member States:
- each spring, the Presidency will organise a meeting of the heads of the central bodies concerned with law and order and security to discuss matters of common interest;
- information about these central bodies will be updated each spring via the Presidency. The central bodies will notify each other of any changes that have taken place;
- in the interests of improving knowledge of their organisations, the heads of the central bodies will encourage exercises, exchanges and training placements for their staff.
|Act||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Joint action 97/339/JHA||06.06.1997||-||OJ L 147 of 05.06.1997|