On March 8th, the AMBER Alert Europe Foundation was invited by the European Parliament’s LIBE (Justice and Home Affairs) Committee to present the importance of keeping the search for missing persons and unidentified remains in the “Prüm II” proposal, the EU Regulation on automated data exchange for police cooperation.
The goal of Prüm II is to improve existing cooperation and automated data exchange between EU law enforcement authorities. Prüm II would give EU Law enforcement authorities more capabilities to automatically exchange data, with the aim to find a potential match on a missing person or unidentified remain.
With 300.000 persons reported missing yearly in the EU, about half of them children, and with 40.000 long-term missing cases and 15.000 unidentified remains, law enforcement authorities face an enormous task every day.
The AMBER Alert Europe Foundation is of the firm belief that Prüm II can play an important role in providing closure to families by helping to locate and identify missing persons, including unidentified remains, as well as safeguarding the rights of missing individuals and their families.
The Foundation plans to continue advocating for missing persons in the proposal and increasing awareness of the challenges related to missing persons.