Finland, Sweden boost police co-op at borders

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Finland, Sweden boost police co-op at borders

The Ministry of the Interior on Monday has set up a legislative project to prepare a government proposal for adopting and bringing into force the agreement on police cooperation in the border area between Finland and Sweden, said the Interior Ministry in a press release.

Earlier in October 19, the two neighbouring countries signed an agreement on police cooperation at the border area in Tornionlaakso with the view to step up police cooperation.

Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo and her Swedish counterpart Mikael Damberg signed the agreement in Tornio.

The agreement is applied in Finland in the territories of the municipalities of Enontekiö, Kolari, Muonio, Pello, Tornio and Ylitornio.

In Sweden, the agreement is applied in the territories of the municipalities of Haparanda, Kiruna, Pajala and Övertorneå.

The agreement is applied only in urgent situations and it contains mainly two types of cooperation: measures carried out on request and without a request.

A request can be made to the neighbouring country if urgent assistance is needed to prevent a serious criminal offence involving danger to the life, health or physical integrity of an individual. Such serious offences include rape, aggravated assault and homicide. However, the parties may also deny the request.

In the government proposal, Parliament will be requested to adopt the agreement. The proposal will also include a bill to bring into force the provisions of a legislative nature in the agreement.

The project will also examine national legislation and, if necessary, relevant contents will be brought in line with the agreement.

The project started on 20 December and will continued until 31 May 2023.

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