Recommendation for a COUNCIL DECISION authorising the opening of negotiations for an agreement between the European Union and Tunisia on the exchange of personal data between the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) and the Tunisian competent authorities for fighting serious crime and terrorism
1. These are recommendations for Council Decisions authorising the opening of negotiations for an agreement between the European Union and the following countries: the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Republic of Turkey, the Lebanese Republic, the State of Israel, Tunisia, the Kingdom of Morocco, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria on the exchange of personal data between the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) and the competent authorities of the named countries respectively.
2. These recommendations are a consequence of the entry into force of the Europol Regulation 2016/794 on 1 May 2017 and pursuant to the Lisbon Treaty, the Commission is responsible, on behalf of the Union, for negotiating international agreements with third countries for the exchange of personal data with Europol.
3. The Commission has made its assessment of priority countries taking into account Europol's operational needs. The Europol Strategy 2016-2020 identifies the Mediterranean region as priority for enhanced partnerships. The Europol External Strategy 2017-2020 also stresses the need for closer cooperation between Europol and the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) due to the current terrorist threat and migration-related challenges. Europol does not currently have any agreements in place with any of the countries in this region.