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Action against sex offenders: sharing information among member states is crucial

In a resolution adopted today in Skopje, the PACE urged member to “increase the quality, quantity and regularity of the information they share with other member states on sex offenders” for effective oversight of their movements from one country to another, and to do so in compliance with the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data.

On the basis of the report by Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin (Sweden, EPP/CD), the Assembly also proposed, rather than create a Europe-wide sex offenders register, that a “comprehensive system to manage sex offenders” be put in place in each country.

These national arrangements should include, in particular, a register of sex offenders containing accurate, regularly updated information on persons convicted of these offences, and a system of screening and exclusion in respect of employment, so that individuals posing a risk cannot work in contact with children or vulnerable persons. The Assembly recommends that this national information be available abroad in order to guarantee effective prevention.