15 February 2017
EU agencies Frontex (dealing with border control and returns) and Europol (dealing with police cooperation) have published documents setting out their plans for the coming years. The Frontex 'Programming Document' covers the period 2018-20 and includes a proposal to develop "human intelligence" (HUMINT) sources; Europol's equivalent covers 2017-19, including the agency's work programme for 2017, and states an intention to "deliver feasibility analysis on a concept of integrated fingerprints and face recognition searches."
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See: Frontex draft Programming Document 2018 - 2020 (pdf) and Europol Programming Document 2017-2019, including Europol Work Programme 2017 (pdf)
The Frontex document includes on page 22 a proposal for Frontex's Risk Analysis Unit (RAU) to develop sources of "human intellience" (HUMINT):
"Specific new initiatives, such as intelligence operations, will be developed in order to foster the capacity of acquiring and utilising human intelligence on the spot, in the full respect of the legal framework and human rights."
The expected results are:
"Creation of a reliable HUMINT network that covers all significant actors and layers.
Human intelligence gathering activities in line with specific intelligence needs for risk analysis."
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