EU: Council of the European Union documents on Joint Police Operation HERMES, SIS and SIRENE, exchange of informatin between law enforcement authorities, and Schengen and police cooperation

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EU: Council of the European Union:

- Final report on Joint Police Operation HERMES (pdf):

"Operation HERMES was aimed at refining and completing the map of routes used for illegal immigration and smuggling of human beings within the Schengen area together with the non-Schengen Member States... During the second phase, a total of 1900 illegal migrants were controlled in the 22 participating
Member States. 43 % of them were found on a train, 37.3% on the road, 10% on the waterways, 5% of these migrants had the intention of travelling to another EU country by plane and for 4.8% the transport mode was unspecified."

- SIS and SIRENE Statistics – Guidelines to collect data (pdf):

"With the enlargement of the EU and the subsequent growing number of countries using the SIS, a huge increase in SIS alerts and hits occurred."

- Guidelines on the implementation of Framework Decision on simplifying the exchange of information and intelligence between law enforcement authorities of the Member States of the European Union (133 pages, country-by-country, pdf):

According to Article 2(d), “information and/or intelligence” covers the following two categories:

- any type of information or data which is held by law enforcement authorities
- any type of information or data which is held by public authorities or by private entities and which is available to law enforcement authorities without the taking of coercive measures. With a view to a clear understanding of Article 1(5), it should be taken into account that "coercive measures" may be understood differently by Member States.

- Draft updated Catalogue of Recommendations for the correct application of the Schengen Acquis and Best practices: Police cooperation (pdf)

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