European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol)
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Europol HQ in The Hague
Agency overview
Formed October 1, 1998; 18 years ago (1998-10-01)
Jurisdiction European Union
Headquarters Eisenhowerlaan 73 2517 KK, The Hague, Netherlands
Employees 1065 (December 2016) [1]
Annual budget € 116.4 million (FY 2017) [2]
Agency executive
Parent department Council of Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs
Key document
Twitter: @Europol
Facebook: @europol
Europol is located in Netherlands
The Hague
The Hague
Europol (Netherlands)

The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol), formerly known as the European Police Office, is the law enforcement agency of the European Union (EU) that handles criminal intelligence and combating serious international organised crime and terrorism by means of cooperation between the relevant authorities of the Member States, including those tasked with customs, immigration service, border guard and financial investigation duties. Headquartered in The Hague, South Holland, the agency has 1065 staff and a budget of 116.4 million euros.

The Agency has no executive powers, and its officials are not entitled to conduct investigations in the Member States or to arrest suspects. Europol, in providing support through information exchange, intelligence analysis, expertise, and training, can contribute to the executive measures carried out by the relevant national authorities.

Objective, budget and strategic priorities

According to Article 3 of Regulation (EU) 2016/794, Europol's objective is to

support and strengthen action by the competent authorities of the Member States and their mutual cooperation in preventing and combating serious crime affecting two or more Member States, terrorism and forms of crime which affect a common interest [...]. [3]

In the fiscal year 2017, Europol's budget was approximately 116.4 million euros. [2]

During the 2016 - 2020 strategy cycle, Europol will focus on consolidating all its capabilities and expertise to deliver the most effective support to EU Member State investigations to counter significant pan-European threatssuch as cybercrime, serious and organised crime and terrorism. This includes technological developments (e.g. ever-increasing volume of available data, social media and mobile technologies) as well as significant and rapid developments in the areas of terrorism and migration in the year 2015. The previous strategy cycle of 2010 - 2014 laid the foundation for Europol as the European criminal information hub. [4]

The EU Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA) of 2017 identified eight priority crime areas: cybercrime; drug production, trafficking and distribution; migrant smuggling; organised property crime; trafficking in human beings; criminal finances and money laundering; document fraud; and online trade in illicit goods and services. [5]

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