A change in training and cooperation across Europe's national police authorities has been approved by the EU's police college, Cepol, to counteract cyber crime.
Lead MEP, Kinga Gal, said: "The urgency and continuous development of security threats, such as terrorism and cyber crime, or the growing demand by migratory flows, make it crucial that European law enforcement authorities receive training of highest standard and are equipped with the most modern tools.
"The European dimension of Cepol's activity is also instrumental in building mutual trust and cross-border co-operation among national law enforcement authorities, which is a key element in combating criminal organisations, which operate more and more at international level."
Gal believes the main objectives of the new rules are to establish Cepol as an independent EU agency with responsibility and clear tasks to improve cyber crime, organised crime and terrorist threats.
She added: "Cepol should promote a common respect for and understanding of fundamental rights in law enforcement."
Cepol was set up to increase knowledge of police systems and structures in other member states back in 2005 to boost cross-border police cooperation within the EU.
The UK has played a huge part in promoting collaboration between police forces in Europe and internationally.
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