Trevi Group

Groupe de Trevi
Grupo Trevi

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29 June 1976, Luxembourg, on signature of a resolution by Ministers of member countries of European Community and at the instigation of the Prime Minister of the UK, as part of an initiative of European Council, 1976, to convene home affairs ministers for regular public order and internal security discussions. An intergovernmental mechanism not based on a treaty and of necessity confidential. Trevi is an acronym for Terrorisme, radicalisme et violence internationale. Also referred to in English as Trevi Intergovernmental Cooperation. Under Treaty on European Union (Maastricht Treaty), signed 7 Feb 1992, Trevi was incorporated into Cooperation in the Field of Justice and Home Affairs (CJHA) (interior policy) as the third pillar of the European Union (EU), together with European Communities (EC) and Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP / PESC) as first and second pillars. Functions on a more informal basis since coming into force of the Maastricht Treaty.


Share information on criminal activities in Europe while maintaining civil rights of citizens; improve the flow of information among national secret services, ensuring political control of such information; accelerate coordinated action to deal with terrorism, drug-trafficking and organized crime; reduce discrepancies among national policies; attack political problems at the root of terrorist violence; address political issues related to policing and to national security implications of the reduction of border controls of states and the relaxation of internal frontiers.

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Working Groups:

'Trevi I' set up 31 May 1977 - 'Terrorism and Political Violence': incorporates Judicial Cooperation Working Group on Terrorist Finances; compilation of a guide to roles and responsibilities of organizations and agencies involved in investigating terrorist activities; information exchange on procedures for conducting security checks on vessels in ports; 'scene of crime' procedures following terrorist incidents.

'Trevi II' - 'Equipment, Public Order, Training': promotes cooperation among police forces on technical fields, including training, forensic science, computers, public order issues ranging from football hooliganism to forensic science and policing of road traffic; helped to promote specialist technical networks fostering cooperation in fields such as computerized information systems and communications; drew up guidelines for policing large-scale matches. European Traffic Policing Meeting provides a forum for EU and Scandinavian police officers to discuss issues of traffic management and control.

'Trevi III' set up June 1985 - 'Drugs and Serious Organized International Crime': inter-state police cooperation for coordination of activities against drug trafficking, organized crime, computer crime, environmental crime, car crime, trafficking in stolen antiques and works of art and money laundering. Recommendations of Working Group III led to establishment of a network of Drugs Liaison Officers.

'Trevi 92' - police and security issues involved in free movement of people; compensatory measures to combat relaxing of intra-EC border controls; supervision of Ad Hoc Group on Immigration (AHGI), set up in 1986; reports to Rhodes Group of Coordinators.

'Working Group Technical Forum' set up 31 May 1977 - police cooperation and exchange of information in relation to public order, police equipment, forensic science and technical matters; used by EU countries in times of possible sporting conflicts.

Groups of Experts - coordination of political response to terrorism and ensuring its compatibility with secret service activities; police information; protection of radioactive materials; aircraft hijacking; protection and prevention of fires and other catastrophes.

European Police Office (Europol) set up on signature of a Ministerial Agreement by ministers of the Trevi Group, 2 June 1993, Copenhagen (Denmark). Conventions drafted by Ad Hoc Group on Immigration (MAG 92): Dublin Convention on Asylum; External frontiers convention (not yet signed). Other relevant treaties include: European Convention on Extradition; European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters; European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism.


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Relations with 7 inter-governmental organizations.
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Members in 15 countries
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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Foreign
  • Societal Problems
    • Crime
  • Defence
    • Secrecy
    • Espionage, Subversion
    • Police
  • Government
    • Frontiers
  • Cybernetics
    • Control
  • Policy-making
    • Policy
  • Security
    • Security

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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