Written question – Europol and Interpol – proposal from the Portuguese Government – P-003181/2022

Source: European Parliament

Priority question for written answer  P-003181/2022
to the Commission
Rule 138
Nuno Melo (PPE)

The Portuguese Government has decided that its national Europol and Interpol offices are to remain part of the Single Contact Point for International Police Cooperation, a body operating under the auspices of the Secretary-General of the Portuguese Internal Security System (SIS).

The decision – still to be approved by the national parliament – could lead to political interference in criminal investigations, since SIS is not politically independent and reports directly to the Prime Minister.

For its part, Europol communicates information relating to highly complex criminal activities.

Can the Commission say:

  • 1.What does it make of this decision, given that the subjects of the criminal investigations conducted by these entities are, in some cases, holders of political office?
  • 2.Does it not think that this decision undermines the principle of the separation of powers?
Last updated: 29 September 2022