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JUSTICE AND HOME AFFAIRS: COUNCIL GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO EURO 65 MILLION CRIME BUSTING PROGRAMME.

The EU Council of Ministers has approved a Euro 65 million framework programme to boost police, customs and judicial co-operation in criminal matters. The Council rubberstamped the programme, AGIS, on July 23, thereby enabling it to run from 2003 until the end of 2007. AGIS consolidates several existing programmes that expire at the end of 2002. These are Grotius II (legal practitioners), Oisin II (police and customs), Stop II (human trafficking and child sexual exploitation), Hippokrates (crime prevention) and Falcone (organised crime). The European Parliament signalled its support for AGIS on April 9, 2002, although it asked for more support to be given to the victims of crime, a suggestion the Council has taken on board. The European Commission on November 9, 2001 tabled a draft Decision to set up the AGIS framework programme...JJ:(BB)

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Publication:European Report
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Date:Jul 24, 2002
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