Proposal for EU police in all large cities *

Irish Times
08.07.2008

EU: FRANCE HAS proposed setting up European “police stations” in tourist areas staffed by officers from all over the EU, writes JAMIE SMYTH in Cannes.

It also wants to create an Erasmus programme for police officers to train abroad and to create more opportunities for officers to go on secondment to other EU police forces, according to French interior minister Michèle Alliot-Marie.

It would also enable police from other EU states to travel to Ireland to provide their citizens with policing services during holiday periods or sports events.

“These would not be monstrous mega police stations, but rather offices[…]” said Ms Alliot-Marie

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern said he would consider any proposal put forward by the French and tease out the issues with his EU colleagues.

He said the idea had some merit given the “horrendous problems” some Irish embassies had to deal with during holiday periods.

But he said there could be issues with the type of powers visiting officers would have if they came to Ireland.

Meanwhile, Mr Ahern said he supported the broad thrust of the European pact on immigration and asylum tabled by the French presidency of the EU.

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