JUSTICE Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla and National Bureau of Investigation Director Medardo De Lemos recently held discussions with senior officials from the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) in The Hague.
The meeting aims to enhance the Philippine government’s criminal justice system through close collaboration with foreign counterparts.
The Philippine delegation, led by Remulla and De Lemos, received a warm welcome from Alfredo Nunzi, Head of Institutional and Legal Affairs at Europol.
During the meeting, Remulla emphasized the value of cooperation with Europol in sharing best practices and mechanisms.
He expressed the need for improved policies and approaches to ensure more effective procedures for investigating and prosecuting crimes.
De Lemos made a presentation on the priorities and work of NBI, highlighting the agency’s efforts against organized crime syndicates, cybercrime, and online sexual exploitation of children.
De Lemos expressed the importance of working with like-minded partners such as Europol to combat cross-border crimes.
He also emphasized the need to create a safer and more secure environment for both the Philippine people and international communities by collaborating and pooling resources to tackle common challenges.
Europol officials provided an overview of the organization’s mandate and expressed their interest in establishing linkages with the NBI.
Europol, headquartered in The Hague, provides support to member states in preventing and combating international and organized crime, cybercrime, and terrorism. The organization also collaborates with non-EU partner states and international organizations.