Evaluation of the implementation of the Europol Council Decision and of Europol’s activities

by Emma Disley, Barrie Irving, William Hughes, Bhanu Patruni

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Europol is the European Police Office — an international police organisation formed to promote and strengthen cooperation among law enforcement agencies in the European Union. Although established since the 1990s, Europol became an entity of the EU in January 2010 as a result of the Europol Council Decision. The Europol Management Board commissioned RAND Europe, in partnership with BlueLight Global Solutions, to conduct an independent assessment of the implementation of the Europol Council Decision and the activities subsequently carried out by Europol. The evaluation is wide in scope, covering a range of operational, administrative, and governance issues, including: the effect of Europol's new status as an entity of the EU; the relationship between Europol and Member States; Europol's role as an intelligence hub and in the analysis of personal data; and cooperation between Europol and other EU agencies, Third States and external partners (including the private sector).

Table of Contents

  • Part One

    Background and Research Approach

    • Chapter One

      Introduction and background

    • Chapter Two

      Overview of research approach, its strengths and limitations

  • Part Two

    Findings on Operational Issues

    • Chapter Three

      Europol's effectiveness, legal basis and status as an entity of the EU

    • Chapter Four

      Member States' commitment to and information sharing with Europol

    • Chapter Five

      Europol's competency and involvement in Joint Investigation Teams

    • Chapter Six

      Information management, data systems and analysis

    • Chapter Seven

      Europol's data protection regime, the Data Protection Officer and the Joint Supervisory Body

    • Chapter Eight

      Is Europol a platform for specialist areas and does it pioneer new techniques?

    • Chapter Nine

      Cooperation and partnership

  • Part Three

    Administrative and Governance Issues

    • Chapter Ten

      Financial and human resources at Europol under the Europol Council Decision

    • Chapter Eleven

      Governance and accountability

  • Appednix A

    protocol for focus groups

  • Appednix B

    Web-based survey instrument

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