The Swedish Police is to increase cooperation with other states in the fight against terrorism

Published: 17 May 2017 at 13.20

The Swedish Police should be able to cooperate in a more in-depth manner with foreign authorities in the fight against terrorism and cross-border crime. The Riksdag said yes to the Government's legislative proposal.

As a result of the decision, two EU decisions - the Prüm Decision and the Atlas Network decision - will be incorporated into Swedish law in a more comprehensive way.

The amendment means that the Swedish Police will be able to help other states when requested or ask for help from other states. The Police may only request help if it is needed to prevent, deter or discover criminal activity or to maintain public order and security. Foreign officers will temporarily be able to exercise police powers in Sweden, and be led by the Swedish Police Authority or the Swedish Security Service.

The law and legislative amendments will come into force on 2 July 2017.