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DRESDEN - The top law enforcement officials in the European Union
backed efforts Monday to give police across the bloc access to
national databases containing fingerprints, DNA samples and license
Despite concerns by some officials over allowing other national police
forces direct access to their databases, German Interior Minister
Wolfgang Schaeuble said there was "broad consensus" among all 27
EU governments to expand an existing seven-nation data-sharing
pact to include all members.
The existing seven-nation pact, signed in May 2005, includes Ger-
many, Belgium, Spain, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and
It allows police in those countries direct access to genetic records,
fingerprints and traffic offenses in the other members' databases.
Several EU members expressed concerns over the cost of adapting
their databases, but Schaeuble said Germany only spent $1.3 million
to open its system to the other six nations in the pact.