International partnership: the key to success
Bilateral and multilateral cooperation
In June, the General Commissioner of the Federal Police and the General Administrator of the General Customs and Excise Administration made a joint visit to Brazil and Colombia to establish cooperation agreements in the fight against cocaine trafficking from Latin America. During this visit, the General Commissioner signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Colombian National Police.
In addition, the Federal Police agreed new bilateral action plans with Romania and Turkey. The bilateral action plans previously signed with Brazil and Morocco were also implemented.
The Federal Police conducted intensive negotiations with France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom on a new treaty on international rail traffic through the Channel Tunnel. Preparations were made for three important conventions implementing the Benelux Treaty on Police Cooperation of 23 July 2018, which has not yet been ratified.
Implementation of the new EU regulations and preparation of Schengen evaluations
The first impact assessments on the implementation of the new European Union (EU) regulations have been carried out (in particular concerning the Entry Exit System, the new SIS regulations and the capacity calculation for the European Border and Coast Guard Agency). On this basis, the necessary preparations were started for the purchase of new ICT equipment (with EU funds). Initial estimates for new staff recruitment have also been taken into account. This implementation will require monitoring and structural capacity in the coming years.
In the spring of 2020, the police would again be subject to Schengen evaluations with regard to police cooperation, Schengen border control and the functioning of the SIS/SIRENE systems. However, due to the Covid-19 epidemic, these evaluations have already been postponed twice. In 2019, in addition to filling in the quarterly questionnaires in consultation with the Directorate of Police Information and ICT Resources (DRI) and the Federal Judicial Police (DGJ), the Directorate of International Police Cooperation (CGI) already carried out five of the twenty planned site visits to police zones and/or border posts, in order to best prepare the visits of the evaluation committee.