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January 26, 2022

EU police may use guns on Romanian territory for self-defence

Police forces and workers of other authorities in the rest of the EU member states will be allowed to use guns on Romanian territory for self-defence, according to a draft law the Government adopted yesterday.

‘The draft law (…) implementing specific measures to improve international police co-operation regulates the possibility for the competent agents of EU member states to take part in joint operations on Romanian territory’, Administration and Interior Minister Vasile Blaga explained.

According to the minister, the new draft also regulates the way in which agents from EU states may bring they own guns, their accommodation, as well as their liability for things they do while on law-enforcing missions in this country. ‘The use of guns in joint operations by agents of competent authorities of the EU member states is banned, except in self-defence situations’, the draft law states.

The new draft legislation also sets the conditions in which data and information may be made available to EU police forces by the Romanian competent authorities and regulates the situations in which Romanian authorities may or are obliged to refuse to assist. The bill will be tabled in Parliament, accompanied by a request to be debated and adopted following emergency procedure.

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