EU countries criticise Europol's proposed new migrant smuggling powers

12/02/2024 | Statewatch

In November 2023, the European Commission proposed expanding the powers of Europol to combat migrant smuggling and human trafficking. The proposal includes the ability to launch operational task forces and use non-coercive investigative measures for any crime that Europol is competent in. The proposal also requires member states to designate specialised police forces or units for dealing with migrant smuggling and to provide information to Europol's databases. 

However, according to a compilation of comments (pdf), member states are concerned about the necessity and proportionality of the proposals, as well as the extra workload they would create without sufficient funding and staff. Numerous states have criticised the Commission's refusal to assess the impact of the proposals.

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