Date lodged: 1 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether Police Scotland would continue to have access to Europol's data and resources if the UK Government opted out of a new European policing co-operation framework.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 10 November 2016
No. Should the UK Government take the decision not to opt in to Regulation (EU) 2016/974 of the European Parliament and of the Council, the UK's membership of Europol would cease from 1 May 2017. At that point Police Scotland would no longer be able to benefit from the significant support and resources available through Europol membership which could impact on ongoing live operations.