Europol and the People’s Republic of China join forces to fight transnational crime

The Vice Minister of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China, Meng Hongwei, and Europol’s Director, Rob Wainwright, signed today a strategic cooperation agreement to expand cooperation to combat cross-border criminal activities. The agreement will enable both partners to work on key areas such as migrant smuggling, cybercrime, drug trafficking, asset recovery, money laundering, organised property crime and trafficking in human beings.

The signing of the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation concludes the successful negotiations between the People’s Republic of China and Europol on how to effectively join forces to fight serious and organised crime. After entry into force of the agreement, this new level of cooperation will be important for tackling priority crime areas affecting both the European Union and China.

The agreement allows for the exchange of general strategic intelligence as well as strategic and technical information and operational information with the exception of personal data.

There are two types of cooperation agreement that Europol can enter into with states and other entities outside the EU: strategic and operational agreements. While both types of agreement are aimed at enhancing cooperation between Europol and the country concerned, there is one major difference: strategic agreements do not allow for the exchange of personal data whereas the operational agreements do.