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April 23, 2021

New provisions between Romania and USA for intensifying cooperation in serious crime combat

The Government of Romania and the one of the United States will cooperate, through national contact points, to ensure the exchange of information between the authorities responsible for the prevention, detection and investigation of serious crimes and terrorist offenses, reads a draft law approved by the Executive.

The Government adopted on Friday’s sitting the draft law on the ratification of the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the United States on intensifying cooperation in the prevention and fight against serious crime, signed in Washington on October 5th, 2015.

“The agreement stipulates the provision by the Romanian and American authorities of the reference data from the national automated dactyloscopic identification systems and the DNA analysis bases used in the prevention and investigation of offenses. According to the document, the procedures apply to deeds that constitute criminal offenses, subject to a custodial sentence of no more than one year or a more serious punishment, under national laws of the two states,” said the release.

The draft concerning the ratification of the agreement with the U. S. stipulates “the provision of additional personal data and other information related to dactyloscopic and DNA data, as appropriate, in accordance with the national laws applicable to the two States”, “issues relating to the refusal to supply a data and information request,” and “the protection of personal data and limitations on its processing “and” personal data security measures.”

“The cooperation document was concluded within the framework of the political-diplomatic efforts undertaken by the Romanian Government for the admission of our country into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), especially the fulfillment of the technical criteria in the process of visa liberalization for the Romanian citizens traveling to the United States of America. The provisions of the agreement are consistent with the principles contained in Directive (EU) 2016/680 with regard to the minimum safeguards to be imposed on the transfer of personal data to third States and their protection, including the rights of the targeted subject, ensuring confidentiality and data security, and supervising and processing control,” the Government further specified.

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