Europol: Coordinating the Fight Against Serious and Organised Crime : Report with Evidence

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The Stationery Office, Nov 30, 2008 - Law - 285 pages
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This is the 29th report of the European Union Committee from the 2007-08 session (HLP 183, ISBN 9780104013700) and looks at Europol (the European Police Office) and its efforts in coordinating the fight against serious and organised crime. Europol began in 1999 and will, by 2010 be established as an agency of the EU. The Council Decision bringing about this change in its constitution has made some amendments to its powers, working methods and governance, but in the Committee's view represents a missed opportunity. The Committee finds it is a matter of concern that four-fifths of the information exchanged by national liaison officers stationed at Europol is exchanged without actually going through Europol and is therefore not added to Europol's database. Member States are reluctant to share sensitive information. The Committee believes that Member States should station at Europol only officers and officials with a high security clearance. A success for Europol has been the analysis of information to help investigate particular caregories of crime and following the UK's influence in focusing on organised crime in particular. The Committee believes that other Member States need to be persuaded on the importance of planning for future threats. The Committee also believes that the existing structure for the governance and management of Europol could be enhanced by clarifying the respective duties of the Director and Management Board. Further, the Committee states that if the Treaty of Lisbon came into force, accountability of Europol to the European Parliament and national parliaments would improve.

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FOREWORD What this report is about
The Council Decision 18
National units and liaison officers 42
Working Methods 66
Joint investigation teams 109
United Kingdom Contribution to Europol
Other EU agencies 188
Individual security 218
Quality of officers seconded to Europol 251
Fouryearly reviews 289
Oral Evidence
Written evidence 1
Written evidence 24
Mr Tim Wilson Visiting Fellow PEALS Policy Ethics and Life Sciences
Written evidence 59

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