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jhadoc  February=1999

SUBJECT:       Minutes of the extraordinary meeting of Trevi
               Ministers in Copenhagen on 29 June 1993
REFERENCE:     doc. dated, 3 November 1993, 9691/93, ENFOPOL 1
SEMDOC REF:    pre-Maastricht archive 


Just weeks after agreeing the Ministerial Agreement on the
creation of the Europol Drugs Unit the Ministers are discussing,
in secret, an extension of its roles - a fact denied in public.
Minutes of the extraordinary meeting of Trevi Ministers in
Copenhagen on 29 June 1993. 



from : the extraordinary meeting of TREVI Ministers
dated: 29 June 1993 in Copenhagen

Delegations will please find herewith the minutes of the
extraordinary meeting of TREVI Ministers, held in Copenhagen on
29 June 1993


Minutes of the extraordinary meeting held in Copenhagen on 29
June 1993

Item 1: Welcome and opening of the meeting.

1. The Chairman welcomed Ministers and their delegations to

Item 2: Adoption of the agenda.

2. The agenda was adopted.

Item 3: Location of Europol Drugs Unit.

3. Ministers took note of the fact that no decision on either a
temporary or permanent location of the EUROPOL Drugs Unit - or
any of the other EC institutions - was made by the European
Council in Copenhagen.

4. Ministers also noted a letter of 28 June 1993 from the
Netherlands Ministers for Justice to the Presidency in which the
Netherlands Government expresses the view that, following the
European Council in Copenhagen, any decision on the location of
the EUROPOL Drugs Unit should be taken at a coming meeting of the
European Council.

5. The Netherlands delegation confirmed that it was their
government's position that TREVI Ministers were no longer
authorised to decide on a temporary location for EUROPOL and that
consequently the Netherlands could not take part in any decision
by TREVI Ministers to that effect.

6. Several delegations did not agree with such an interpretation
of the results from the European Council in Copenhagen, since the
conclusions from the Council do not make any reference to the
question of the location of EUROPOL/EUROPOL Drugs Unit or any of
the various other EC institutions.

7. The Chairman concluded that irrespective of how the results
from the European Council were to be interpreted, the different
positions of Member States made it impossible for the present for
TREVI Ministers to reach agreement on a temporary location for
the EUROPOL Drugs Unit. Consequently, Ministers had to restrict
themselves to once again reminding the European Council of the
urgency of a decision on the location of EUROPOL and to inviting
the next European Council to take this decision.

Item 4: Future of Europol Project Team

8. Ministers approved the continuation of the Project Team for
a maximum of another six months, and amended the mandate of the
Project Team as follows:

The Project Team will continue developmental work for the pre-
conventional phase of EDU, particularly in the areas of
intelligence and data processing (see Annex B to these minutes);
and provide professional advice to the Ad Hoc Working Group on
technical and practical matters related to the drafting of the
convention establishing EUROPOL.

The Ad Hoc Working Group will provide the Project Team with
precise tasks; particularly in the area of intelligence and data-

The Project Team will also undertake, under the guidance of the
Ad Hoc Working Group, to prepare general situation reports and
crime analyses on the basis of non-personal information supplied
by Member States and from other sources.

9. As regards finance, Ministers decided that from 1 July 1993
all Member States will contribute to the financial costs of the
Project Team in Strasbourg according to the GNP key. In this
connection a draft budget, which has been calculated on the
premise that the Project Team will retain its existing members,
was noted by Ministers. This draft budget is appended as Annex
A to these minutes.

10. Following interventions from France, Germany, and Italy it
was agreed to emphasise that in the light of the amended and
extended mandate of the Project Team all Member States should
consider seconding liaison officers and/or crime analysts to the
Project Team in Strasbourg. It was further stressed that the
profile and composition of officers already seconded to the
Project Team should similarly be reconsidered in the light of the
amended mandate.

Item 5: Appointment of the Caretaker Co-ordinator and recruitment
procedures to be followed for the provisional phase.

11. In accordance with the "step by step approach" adopted at the
Extraordinary TREVI Ministers Meeting on 6 May 1993 in,  Kolding
and at the TREVI Ministers Meeting on 2 June 1993 Copenhagen,
Ministers agreed to postpone appointment of the Caretaker
Coordinator until a decision on the location of the EUROPOL Drugs
Unit has been taken.

12. Ministers approved the recruitment procedures presented (see
Annex C of these minutes) for the provisional phase for the
appointment of the Coordinators. Ministers tasked TREVI Senior
Officials to implement these recruitment and selection procedures
for senior management during the provisional phase of the EUROPOL
Drugs Unit.

Item 6: Strengthening of European co-operation in the field of
violent extremism against the background of the recent activities
by militant Kurds.

13. Germany, who had requested that this item be put on the
agenda, gave an account of the recent events concerning the
occupation of and attacks on Turkish institutions and diplomatic
representations in Germany by militant Kurds.

14. Ministers decided to intensify co-operation and the exchange
of information on the PKK and connected organisations through
TREVI Working Group I.

Item 7: Any other business

15. There was no discussion under this item.

Annex A

[Editor's note: Details the financial contribution of each member

Annex B

Administrative/Financial/Personal Issues

Preparation of:

-  detailed conditions for employment of personnel
-  administrative and financial guidelines
-  a business plan
-  performance measurement

Intelligence/International Coordination Issues

- information requirements
- definition of relationship between EUROPOL and other
-  preparation of guidelines on extending the activities of 
     EUROPOL to other areas of crime
-  guidelines covering links between EUROPOL and existing liaison
     officer networks
-  criminal analysis guidelines

Data processing

Produce a detailed long term strategy for IT requirements and
recommendations for hardware and software study the technical
feasibility of establishing links with other systems.

Further developments

Testing of communications between EDU and Member States, testing
of working methods and practices for EDU, which could include
potential EL0s to receive on-site training 



1. TREVI Ministers are invited to approve the proposed
recruitment procedures for three senior management posts for EDU
in the provisional phase, when analysts will have been added to
the team of EUROPOL Liaison Officers, and the Unit will need an
additional Assistant Coordinator to oversee its intelligence


2. It will be open to every Member State, with the exception of
the host country for The EDU, to apply for any of the three
senior management posts. The Presidency will send a formal
invitation to Member States. This will include a job description,
essential qualifications necessary for the posts and a deadline
for curricula vitae of candidates. It will be open to the
caretaker Coordinator and the caretaker Assistant Coordinator to
apply for the posts and to be considered under the same

Selection - Coordinator

3. Candidates whose applications meet the essential
qualifications for the post will be interviewed. This could be
by the full meeting of TREVI Senior Officials, who will consider
each candidate on the basis of his/her interview and curriculum
vitae. Alternatively, TREVI Senior Officials may wish to appoint
a smaller interview panel.

4. Each candidate will be considered against a set of weighted
criteria, agreed in advance of the interview by TREVI Senior

5. TREVI Senior Officials will report on the selection process
to TREVI Ministers and recommend one or more candidates for
appointment to the post of Coordinator.

Selection - Assistant Coordinator (Administration) and Assistant
Coordinator (Intelligence)

6. Candidates whose application meet the essential qualifications
for each of the assistant posts will be interviewed by a panel
decided on by TREVI Senior Officials. They will also be
interviewed on the basis of weighted criteria agreed on in
advance by TREVI senior officials.

7. Recommendations of one or more candidates will be made to
TREVI Senior Officials by the panel for appointment to each post.

8. TREVI Senior Officials will be required to agree:
- job descriptions for each post;
- essential qualifications; and
- weighted interview criteria.


9. TREVI Ministers are invited to agree the recruitment and
selection procedure, and to task TREVI Senior Officials with
implementing the recruitment and selection procedure for the
senior management in the provisional phase.

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