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Initiating a new form of cooperation with foreign police agencies

2017-11-14

During the EU Summit in Gothenburg on 17 November 2017, the Swedish Security Service will be assisted by close protection officers from the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET). This new form of cooperation is made possible by recent legislation.

"Our hope is that this legislation will deepen our already close cooperation, especially with the Nordic security services, provide a wider base of resources to draw from, and increase our operational capability in the long term," says Felix Andåker, deputy head of the Security Department at the Swedish Security Service.

Act 2017:496 concerning international police cooperation was introduced on 2 July 2017. This legislation gives the Swedish Security Service new possibilities to cooperate with foreign police agencies at large events.   

Felix Andåker explains, "To carry out our work as effectively as possible, it is important to use every tool that we have and any new tool we may obtain."

With the help of this new legislation, and in accordance with the Prüm Council Decision, the Swedish Security Service has been able to request assistance from the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) in order to strengthen the close personal protection of dignitaries during the EU Summit taking place in Gothenburg on 17 November 2017.

The Swedish Security Service's work in association with the Gothenburg Summit

Fact about The Prüm Council Decision

Council Decision 2008/615/JHA of 23 June 2008 (the Prüm Council Decision) on the stepping up of cross-border cooperation, particularly in combating terrorism and cross-border crime, is intended to improve cross-border cooperation between EU authorities responsible for the prevention and investigation of crime.