The Prüm Treaty of 27 May 2005 on the stepping up of cross-border cooperation, particularly on combating terrorism, cross-border crime and illegal migration, signed between Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Austria (Hungary 2008), lays down procedures for more efficient exchanges of information in the framework of criminal investigations.
Core elements of the Prüm Treaty were picked up by EU Council Decision 2008/615/JHA on 23 June 2008.
The purpose of Prüm Treaty is to step up cross-border police and judicial cooperation between European Union countries’ police and judicial authorities to combat terrorism and cross-border crime more effectively. In particular, it aims to improve the exchanges of information between the authorities responsible for the prevention and investigation of criminal offences.
Both HIFS Department of Dactyloscopy and HIFS Department of Genetics take part in international data exchange in the frame of Prüm Treaty.
Department of Dactyloscopy have possibilities to search in databases of 18 Prüm member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain.
Currently Department of Genetics has 19 Prüm data exchange partners: Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
Internal Security Fund
Internal Security Fund (ISF) was set up by the European Parliament and the Council for the period 2014-20 and aims to support the implementation of the Internal Security Strategy and a coherent and comprehensive approach to law enforcement cooperation, including the management of the EU's external borders.
Since 2016 Hungarian Institute for Forensic Sciences has been taking part in two ISF National Programmes.
BBA-5.1.3-2016-00001 BSZKI – Enhancing the capacity of forensic services
On 14th of January 2016, project entitled Enhancing the capacity of forensic services was submitted by HIFS in cooperation with Rapid Response and Special Police Services Project Agency to Call for Proposals in field of „improving intelligence, action, reaction and mobility capacity of units fighting against serious and organized crime” published by Ministry of Interior and was selected for funding.
For submitted project, 440 778 079 HUF was awarded in ratio of 75 % ensured by European Union and 25 % covered by Ministry of Interior.
The project entitled Enhancing the capacity of forensic services – HIFS (project number: BBA-5.1.3-2016-00001) started on 1th of July 2016 by participation of Drug Investigation Department (before 1st of January 2017, Department of Drug and Arson Investigation) and Response and Special Police Services Project Agency.
The main objective of this project is to strengthen cooperation exist between the Hungarian laboratory and drug investigation laboratories in EU member states, to achieve fast information-exchange directly and/or through the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) with target groups.
Specific task of our project is to improve efficient and reliable structural analysis of new psychoactive substances, to develop analytical methods for theirs quantification. The project provides possibility for on-site investigations of illicit drug-production and -smuggling contributing to strengthen the capacity of criminalistic police officers. Achievements of these activities, procuring special sample-preparing tools and analytical instruments are requested.
The project results contribute to accelerate the characterisation of new designer drugs and theirs reporting to EMCDDA Early Warning System (EWS). Information on newly appeared drugs in Hungary will be also forwarded faster to EU-member countries.
Developments realized in the project contributes to illicit drugs combat and acceleration of characterisation of new psychoactive substances those are defined as priority task in the programme.
BBA-5.2.1/2-16-2016-00001 - National and International Information Exchange and Cooperation Between Experts
Based on the approved grant agreement 9 742 525 HUF was awarded in ratio of 75 % ensured by European Union and 25 % covered by Ministry of Interior.
The main objective of this project is to participate in national and international conferences gives good opportunity for exchanging experiences and research results about new designer drugs, getting acquainted with metabolic profiles and detection time ranges and establishing national and international co-operations. The duration of the project is from 01 January, 2017 to 30 June, 2018.