Europol is the European Union’s law enforcement agency. Its main goal is to achieve a safer Europe for the benefit of all EU citizens.

Headquartered in The Hague, Europol assists the 28 EU Member States in their fight against serious international crime and terrorism. It also works with many non-EU partner states and international organisations.


Large-scale criminal and terrorist networks pose a significant threat to the internal security of the EU. Terrorism, cybercrime and people smuggling pose a severe threat to the safety and livelihood of its people. The biggest security threats come from:

  • terrorism
  • international drug trafficking and money laundering
  • organised fraud
  • the counterfeiting of euros
  • people smuggling

But new dangers are also growing, such as online radicalisation and trafficking in human beings. The networks behind the crimes in each of these areas are quick to seize new opportunities, and they are resilient in the face of traditional law enforcement measures.

Contact details

Eisenhowerlaan 73
2517 KK The Hague
Telephone: (070) 302 50 00

Published: 11 April 2017Modified: 30 May 2017