On 17 May 2018, the Committee considered the Proposal of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for a Council Decision on the European Union military operation in the Southern Central Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia), which would allow Operation Sophia to host a Crime Information Cell (CIC).

The Committee agreed to hold the item under scrutiny and write to the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, to ask a number of questions, including:

  • How the data shared through the proposed CIC will be protected, and whether the UK is satisfied with the provisions on data protection currently included in the proposal.
  • Whether the UK would be able to participate in Operation Sophia, and access CIC data, during the transition period from March 2019 to December 2020, and whether the UK would seek to gain access after the end of the transition period.
  • What the timeline will be, should the CIC model be expanded to other CSDP missions and operations, and what criteria will be applied to measure its success.

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