EU: MEPs vote to expand Europol mandate


Politico Europe, 12 October 2021.

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"Lawmakers from the European Parliament's civil liberties committee (LIBE) agreed on Tuesday to broaden the powers of the EU's law enforcement agency, Europol.

In a vote on Tuesday, MEPs in LIBE voted in favor of a proposal that would boost Europol's ability to process large data sets and exchange information with private companies.

The file's rapporteur, Javier Zarzalejos of the center-right European People's Party (EPP) welcomed the "long awaited step forward in Europol's capabilities" in an emailed statement.

Forty-seven MEPs voted in favor of the final text, with LIBE's entire delegation of EPP, centrist Renew and center-left Socialists & Democrats backing the position. There were 16 lawmakers who voted against the text, including the Green and Left delegations."

Source: Politico Europe, 12 October 2021

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