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

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

Published Jul 25, 2012

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).

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