- 13 June 2014
- 17 June 2014
Europol is the European Union’s law enforcement agency whose main goal is to help achieve a safer Europe for the benefit of all EU citizens. Europol assists the European Union’s Member States in their fight against serious international crime and terrorism.
More than 800 staff members at Europol headquarters in The Hague work closely with law enforcement agencies in the 28 EU Member States and in other non-EU partner states such as Australia, Canada, the USA and Norway.
Large–scale criminal and terrorist networks pose a significant threat to the internal security of the EU and to the safety and livelihood of its people. The biggest security threats come from terrorism, international drug trafficking and money laundering, organised fraud, counterfeiting of the euro currency, and people smuggling. But new dangers are also accumulating, in the form of cybercrime, trafficking in human beings, and other modern-day threats. This is a multi–billion euro business, quick to adapt to new opportunities and resilient in the face of traditional law enforcement measures.
This European law enforcement organisation was established under the Maastricht treaty of 1992. Two years later a pioneering European Drugs Unit started, and by 1999 Europol was well-established in all fields of criminality and commended its full activities in The Hague.
In 2011 Europol's new headquarters was officially opened in The Hague's International Zone.
2517 KK The Hague
Telephone: (070) 302 50 00
P.O. Box 908 50
2509 LW The Hague