Criminal Investigation: EU Action

Home Department written question – answered on 20th February 2012.

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Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Conservative, Esher and Walton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) how many joint investigation teams have been established in accordance with Article 13 of the Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the member states of the European Union and Council Framework Decision 2002/465/JHA across the EU in each year since 2003;

(2) how many joint investigation teams have been established in accordance with Article 13 of the Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the member states of the European Union and Council Framework Decision 2002/465/JHA have operated in the UK in each year since 2003;

(3) how many joint investigation teams have been established in accordance with Article 13 of the Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the member states of the European Union and Council Framework Decision 2002/465/JHA operating (a) in the UK and (b) in EU member states other than the UK were (i) initiated at the request of UK authorities and (B) led by UK officials in each year since 2003;

(4) what forms of criminal activity have been the reason for establishing joint investigation teams in accordance with Article 13 of the Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the member states of the European Union and Council Framework Decision 2002/465/JHA in the UK in each year since 2003.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

The data requested is not centrally held. However, from information provided by Eurojust, which supports the establishment and operation of EU joint investigation teams, at least 53 joint investigation teams were in operation in European Union member states in 2011 (33 from support/assistance requested from Eurojust, eight from notifications to Eurojust, 12 from previous years). The UK has been involved in 14 joint investigation teams since 2009.

Joint investigation teams have proved a valuable means of enhancing practical cooperation between EU member states in addressing cross border crime.

The most frequent types of criminal activity addressed by these joint investigation teams spanning the period October 2010 to October 2011 are: drug trafficking, trafficking in human beings, illegal immigration, fraud, money laundering, vehicle crime and cybercrime.

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