Legal Regulation of Witness Protection in the European Union
To effectively fight organized crime and terrorism, law enforcement agencies have to rely more and more on witness statements, since traditional investigative measures have proven less effective. As a result this has generated an increased need for international witness protection. This article gives an oversight in the legal regulations of witness protection on the level of the European Union (EU). Since international police cooperation is a key aspect of witness protection, Europol's role in the cooperation between the EU member states is included in this article. It concludes with recommendations for future international cooperation regarding witness protection in the EU.
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