Henri Kox, Luxembourg's Minister of Internal Security; Credit: SIP / Yves Kortum

During a video conference on Monday 24 January 2022, Luxembourg's Minister of Internal Security, Henri Kox, and Belgium's Minister of the Interior, Institutional Reforms and Democratic Renewal, Annelies Verlinden, discussed existing and future cross-border police cooperation.

Following the recent protests against COVID-19 measures, the two ministers deemed it important to take stock of the subject. They agreed on a regular exchange relating to these events.

Discussions also focused on the state of legislative procedures in the Benelux countries, with a view to the entry into force of the new Benelux police treaty of 23 July 2018, as well as on the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Benelux Union in 2022.

This presidency is expected to allow Luxembourg to work towards deepening this already close cross-border police cooperation, one of the goals of which is the forthcoming implementation of the aforementioned treaty.