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4th October 2021
Employment & Immigration Institutional law

European Court of Auditors publishes special report on the effectiveness of Europol’s support in fighting migrant smuggling

In its latest Special Report 19/2021 published on 30 September, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) finds that the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) faces challenges in accessing all relevant available information necessary to combat organised migrant smuggling and calls for improvements to the way data exchange works. 

Europol supports Member States in their fight against migrant smuggling serving as an information exchange hub. The ECA, however, finds in its Special Report that Europol faces continuous challenges in gaining access to all relevant criminal databases, and in making full use of external relevant data sources.

As a recommendation, the ECA calls for Europol to use all available data sources; enhance data exchange with its partners; improve performance monitoring and reporting of its activities on migrant smuggling; and make more transparent its process for prioritising cases of migrant smuggling originating in the Member States.

Access the Special Report here and the press release of the European Court of Auditors is available here.

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