A FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT POLICE
AND JUDICIAL CO-OPERATION IN CRIMINAL MATTERS
Draft Council Decision establishing a framework programme on the basis of Title VI of the Treaty on European Union Police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters.
|Legal base:||Articles 31 and 34(2)(c)EU; consultation; unanimity
|Document originated:||9 November 2001
|Forwarded to the Council:||9 November 2001
|Deposited in Parliament:||4 January 2002
|Basis of consideration:||EM of 9 January 2002
|Previous Committee Report:||None; but see (21903) 14245/00: HC 28-iv (2000-01), paragraph 9 (24 January 2001) and (21988) 14740/00: HC 28-xi (2000-01), paragraph 14 (4 April 2001)
|To be discussed in Council:||Date not set
|Committee's assessment:||Politically important
14.1 There are currently five separate programmes set
up under Title VI EU for the funding of exchanges, training and
co-operation for practitioners involved in combating crime: Grotius
II (for legal practitioners), Oisin II (for law enforcement
authorities), Stop II (combating trade in human beings
and the sexual exploitation of children), Hippocrates (prevention
of crime) and Falcone (combating organised crime). All
are due to expire on 31 December 2002.
14.2 The previous Committee cleared proposals to set
and to extend Grotius, Oisin and Stop.
In both cases, the possibility of the eventual combination of
the programmes was flagged.
14.3 The draft Decision proposes to replace the existing
programmes with a single five-year framework programme designed
to support projects in the fields of judicial co-operation in
criminal matters; co-operation between law enforcement agencies;
and co-operation between these agencies and other public or private
organisations in the prevention and fight against crime. In its
Explanatory Memorandum, the Commission points out that the programme
will draw on a new budget heading, set up for the purpose of combating
drug trafficking. In addition, its objectives will extend beyond
those of the current programmes to include assistance to victims
14.4 The Commission considers that the establishment
of a single framework programme will allow it to develop broader
programmes and to make better use of existing resources.
14.5 An external evaluation of some of the existing programmes
was favourable, but recommended an emphasis on exchanges and training
methodologies (rather than on seminars and conferences), better
preparation of projects and broader dissemination of the results.
These findings have been taken into account in developing the
14.6 The new proposal (like the existing ones) will provide
for either the co-financing of projects with Member States (with
up to 70% EU funding) or 100% EU funding of specific initiatives.
It will commit 65 million euros over the period from 1 January
2003 to 31 December 2007 (an increase of approximately 10% over
the averaged-out funding of the existing programmes).
14.7 The procedures for agreeing the annual work programme
and the 100%-funded specific projects will be the same as those
for the second phase of the existing programmes. The Commission
will provide an interim evaluation of the programme by 30 June
2005, a communication on its continuation by 30 September 2006,
and a final evaluation by 30 June 2008.
The Government's view
14.8 The Government considers that the proposal should
cite Article 30 (1) as well as Articles 31 and 34 (2)(c), given
that it provides for police as well as judicial co-operation.
14.9 In relation to the extension of Grotius, Oisin
the Government expressed its support for a single programme covering
the whole of the police and criminal part of the Tampere agenda.
In his Explanatory Memorandum on this proposal, the Parliamentary
Under- Secretary of State at the Home Office (Mr Bob Ainsworth
) comments that the new emphasis on structural projects is likely
to offer better value for money than many of the conferences and
seminars supported by the existing programmes.
14.10 We agree with the Government that Article 30(1)
EU should be added to the legal base. In general, however, this
seems to us a sensible proposal which usefully takes account of
the evaluation of the existing programmes, and which has the potential
to be more efficient and more flexible.
14.11 We clear the document.
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44 Ibid. Back