November 7, 2005

Europol and US secret service forge closer ties

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The European Union's police agency
and the U.S. Secret Service agreed on Monday to share more
information to beef up the fight against terrorism and
organized crime, Europol said.

The crime-fighting agencies will share sensitive financial
information on individuals and keep an eye on each other's
operations through the exchange of personnel.

The deal expands an earlier arrangement agreed in 2002
between Europol and the U.S. Department of Justice.

"We hope to work together more closely on areas like
counterfeit money, financial crime and fraud, and exchange
information about criminal suspects and networks," a Europol
spokesman said.

Europol has already posted two liaison officers to
Washington, while the US Secret Service has placed one person
at Europol, the agency said.