In this context, the maritime piracy sector has highlighted, at the operational level, the excellent cooperation between Interpol and Europol in the exchange of information and analysis. In November 2010, the UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution calling on all 192 UN member states to cooperate with Interpol and Europol to combat criminal networks involved in maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia. In general, there are two types of cooperation agreements that Europol can conclude with states and other bodies outside the EU: strategic and operational agreements. Europol`s partnerships and external agreements have different forms depending on the Agency`s relations with the country concerned. Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, said: « The identification and development of areas for future joint actions between Europol and Interpol is very important to us and is essential for the provision of an even more integrated service to the international police community on both sides. We are committed to developing the best possible cooperation – intense efforts on both sides will lead to greater security for Europe and beyond, and will make a unique contribution to our global fight against serious international crime. Although both types of agreements aim to improve cooperation between Europol and the country concerned, there is a big difference: strategic agreements are limited to the exchange of general and strategic and technical information, while operational agreements allow the exchange of information, including personal data. Since the signing of the first interpol-Europol Cooperation Agreement in 2001, a wide range of joint activities have been carried out to facilitate and simplify the exchange of operational and strategic information on crime in order to combat a number of criminal activities, including maritime piracy, counter-terrorism, cybercrime and the sexual exploitation of children. The text of the cooperation agreement between INTERPOL and Europol was approved by the Council of the European Union on 27 June 2001 and by the Interpol General Assembly at its 70th session in Budapest on 26 September 2001. Each Member State has a national Europol body designated to act as a liaison between these state authorities and Europol. Each IES heads at least one representative to Europol headquarters, where each Member State has its own office. The creation of a secure line of communication between INTERPOL and Europol is the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at improving and streamlining cooperation between the two organisations, whose efforts, which Secretary-General Noble has declared essential for maintaining European and global security, are essential.
The Agency has also entered into other agreements with private companies. A new network has been established between INTERPOL and Europol, allowing a secure exchange of information between the two enforcement agencies. A future stage of the agreement reached on Tuesday between Interpol and Europol will be the extension of law enforcement instruments and services between the two organisations, as well as the definition of proposals for future joint actions. Each agreement and its provisions are specific to the scope of cooperation within the framework of cooperation; information exchange, mutual survey projects, access to databases, mutual representation or technical assistance. « The current operational cooperation between Europol and INTERPOL is based on solid foundations and this new secure link will undoubtedly strengthen the alliance between our two organisations.