13.09.2018, 11:00

Nine PCC SEE Contracting Parties sign a new EU Prüm-inspired legal framework for automated exchange of DNA, dactyloscopic and vehicle registration data

Vienna, Austria - The PCC SEE Contracting Parties’ continuous support and strong political commitment to transpose the EU Prüm experience into the PCC SEE region with an EU Prüm-inspired framework for automated exchange of data has successfully concluded with the signing of the Agreement between the Parties to the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe on the Automated Exchange of DNA Data, Dactyloscopic Data and Vehicle Registration Data and its Implementing Agreement. The two documents were signed by Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia, on the occasion of the ministerial conference »Security and Migration – Promoting Partnership and Resilience«, organised and hosted by the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU in Vienna on 13 September 2018.

Moreover, the nine PCC SEE Contracting Parties also signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Automated Exchange of DNA, Dactyloscopic and Vehicle Registration Data, which outlines the key elements of their commitment and further consolidates an effective and sustainable development of their new framework, while also aims to adjure the donor community and the European Commission for further recognition and support.

This new framework will, on the one hand, enhance their cooperation years before all PCC SEE Contracting Parties become EU Members States, and on the other hand, contribute to EU accession efforts of the non-EU Contracting Parties, as full EU Prüm readiness is one of the binding preconditions for closing the negotiations on Chapter 24.

The participation of the non-EU PCC SEE Contracting Parties from the Western Balkans was partly co-funded by the IPA 2017 project “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”.