Brussels, 12 June 2007
The Justice and Home Affairs Council reached agreement about a Council Decision on the stepping up of cross-border co-operation, particularly in combating terrorism and cross-border crime, incorporating in the framework of the Union important provisions of the Prüm Treaty dealing with police co-operation and information exchange on DNA-profiles, fingerprints and vehicle number-plates.
These elements of the Prüm Treaty, an international police co-operation agreement signed by Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Austria on 27 May 2005, have now become part of the legislative framework of the European Union and will be implemented in all Member States.
After this implementation, designated contact points of the law enforcement agencies in the Member States will have mutual access to each others' DNA, fingerprint and vehicle registration information systems.
Moreover the Commission is confident that efforts will continue with a view to improving cross-border law enforcement co-operation throughout the EU and ensuring that protection of fundamental rights will be tackled and carried on with the same ambitious approach.
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