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August 3, 2021

Interior Minister Oprea after meeting Europol Director: Romania involved in anti-criminality fight

Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea stated on Thursday, after meeting Europol Director Rob Wainwright (photo L), that Romania is a member of the organization that fights against criminality, pointing out that next month our country will host Europol’s regional summit.

“Ten years come to pass since Romania, through the Romanian Police, has been a member of the organization that fights against criminality. It is an honour for the Interior Ministry to mark this moment through a meeting at the highest level with the director of Europol. A month ago we received the visit of the head of FBI and next month we will host Europol’s regional summit. These are important moments for the Romanian Police and this represents Romania’s contribution against transnational crime, through the Interior Ministry,” Oprea stated.

At the joint press conference the Romanian Deputy Prime Minister stated that the Romanian Police is praised by Europol and “appreciated as one of the most active members, being, according to the statements of the director of Europol, on 6th place from the standpoint of the exchange of data and information.”

Gabriel Oprea also underscored the Interior Ministry’s efficient collaboration with Europol.

He mentioned that the Romanian Police is placed sixth in terms of the number of data exchanges conducted through the Europol Information System.

“We thus have a constant and efficient cooperation, which leads to solving various types of offenses, with complex forms of the organised crime, such as drug trafficking, cyber-crimes or human trafficking,” the Interior Minister said.

According to him, Romania is one of the 12 European states which expanded the Secure Information Exchange Network Application (SIENA) to the level of central operative structures, interconnecting the national units involved in combatting serious organised crime.

“The diversification and magnification of the risks and threats to national security and European citizens’ safety, including the asymmetrical manifestations, impose as absolutely necessary the tight cooperation between the international structures of law implementing and enforcement. We are closely watching the evolutions on a European level and we are actively collaborating with Europol for combatting all forms of crimes and all forms of radicalisation,” Oprea added.

Romania’s entry to the Schengen Zone is likely to bring real benefits in terms of European Union’s and member states security, Deputy Prime Minister for National Security and the Minister of Interior, Gabriel Oprea, on Thursday stated.

“Romania has a responsibility for stopping the flow of illegal migrants at the eastern border of the European Union and we can see that with the measures taken so far we managed to ensure the protection of the area of freedom, security and justice. We have the most modern integrated border security system and we brought one of the most consistent contributions to the Frontex actions. That’s why, I believe that Romania’s entry to the Schengen Zone would bring real benefits to the security of the Union and the member states,” Oprea said in a press statement, at the end of his meeting with an Europol delegation.

According to the Minister, Romania is a safe, stable state, recognized as such by its international partners, a country that generates stability and security in its region.

“This status that honours our country is also the proof of the integrity, performance and credibility of its institutions, and also the proof of the trust it enjoys from international partners. As Deputy Prime Minister for National Security I reaffirm the clear dedication of the national structures in enforcing the law and fighting criminality, alongside its international partners,” said Oprea.


Europol head: The Police needs to modernize its capabilities


The Police needs to modernize its capabilities, head of Europol, Rob Wainwright said on Thursday at his press conference held in Bucharest.

We need to modernize our capabilities. Moreover, we must strengthen cooperation with the private sector and we need to bring the necessary amendments to the laws, so that we receive more help in ensuring the protection and safety of the citizens. I also discussed with Mr. Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea about the major threats represented by the illegal migration from the Mediterranean Sea, said Rob Wainwright, in a press statement, in the end of his meeting with Gabriel Opera .

Rob Wainwright specified that his previous visit to Romania took place four years ago and thus he wanted to inform Minister Gabriel Oprea about the progresses he noticed Romanian made during those four years in enforcing the laws.

In all this time, the volume of information exchanges between Europol and the relevant services in Romania doubled and we also recorded major successes in fighting organized crime together. Moreover, they are many Romanian experts working now at our agency. 20 per cent of our experts in cyber security are from Romania. The expertise that they bring in their daily activity in fighting cyber threats is extraordinary, said Rob Wainwright.

He also mentioned that he discussed with Minister Oprea about ways to enhance cooperation in fighting cyber threats.

I believe that this type of threat represented by cyber crimes is one of the major threats against security in the European Union, Rob Wainwright added.

Europol Director Rob Wainwright also praised Romania. “I was glad to see the progress that Romania has made in the last 4 years in the law enforcement domain. (…) Twenty per cent of the experts working in the cyber defence domain are from Romania. The expertise they bring to day-to-day activity is one of the best in Europe,” the head of Europol stated.



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