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ATLAS network of special forces: Council examines ways to improve cooperation
8.10.18
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ATLAS is the network of EU Member States' 'Special intervention Units' concerned primarily with anti-terrorism operations. According to a Council document, "the majority of the Member States deems the existing range of legal possibilities in cross-border cooperation available to the Special Intervention Units related to the ATLAS Network sufficient or nearly sufficient," however a number of possibilities for enhancing cooperation are suggested, principally concerning the legal basis for cross-border operations and "mapping" the capabilities of Member States' "special intervention units".

See: NOTE from: Presidency to: Law Enforcement Working Party: Strengthening of the ATLAS network - follow-up discussion on the way forward (12232/18, LIMITE, 21 September 2018, pdf):

"At meeting of the Law Enforcement Working Party on 24 July 2018, the Presidency asked the Member States to answer the questions laid down in 11053/18 and provide their views to the topics raised there.

Following the replies received the Presidency concludes that the majority of the Member States deems the existing range of legal possibilities in cross-border cooperation available to the Special Intervention Units related to the ATLAS Network sufficient or nearly sufficient.

That said..."

Background

HQ of the Atlas Network's 38 Special Intervention Units to be based at Europol (News Online, 3 December 2017)

EU police special forces network to become "more and more useful" and to receive increased financial support (Statewatch News Online, August 2013)

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