EU: Compendium of European Police, Customs and Ministerial Liaison Officers


Compendium of European Police, Customs and Ministerial Liaison Officers (partial access, EU doc. 10504/2/09, July 2009, pdf). The EU has produced an overview of where the member states are sending their liaison officers but has chosen to withhold the actual numbers from the public. Statewatch has obtained the full (uncensored) text of this document which shows that 580 liaison officers from police forces, customs and interior ministries of the EU member states, plus Norway and Switzerland, are currently busy around the world. At the top of the sending EU countries is France with 122 liaison officers, followed by Germany (88), Spain (61), Italy (51), and the UK (39). The most European liaison officers are stationed in Russia (25), Germany (22), Turkey (21), Spain (18), France (17) and the USA (16). See overview of distribution of EU liaison officers (pdf) and detailed spreadsheet (xls) produced by Statewatch.

 

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