Leandro Coimbra, Director-General of the Brazilian Federal Police (BFP) and Europol's Director, Rob Wainwright, today signed a strategic cooperation agreement to expand cooperation to combat cross-border criminal activities. The agreement will enable both partners to work on some key areas such as migrant smuggling, cybercrime, drug trafficking, asset recovery, money laundering, organised property crime and trafficking in human beings.
The agreement allows for the exchange of general strategic intelligence as well as strategic and technical information and operational information with the exception of personal data, and will lead to the secondment of a Brazilian Liaison Officer to Europol.
The signing of the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation concludes the successful negotiations between Brazil and Europol on how to effectively join forces to fight serious and organised crime. After entry into force of the agreement, this new level of cooperation will be important for tackling priority crime areas affecting both the European Union and Brazil.
Europol is designed to operate in partnership with law enforcement agencies, government departments and the private sector. Its closest partners are the law enforcement agencies in the Member States of the European Union (EU), each of which has a designated Europol National Unit (ENU) that serves as the liaison between the authorities in that country and Europol.
There are two types of cooperation agreement that Europol can enter into with states and other entities outside the EU: strategic and operational agreements. While both types of agreement are aimed at enhancing cooperation between Europol and the country concerned, there is one major difference: strategic agreements do not allow for the exchange of personal data whereas the operational agreements do.