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The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, better known under the name Europol, formerly the European Police Office and Europol Drugs Unit, is the law enforcement agency of the European Union (EU) formed in 1998 to handle criminal intelligence and combat serious international organised crime and terrorism through cooperation between competent authorities of EU member states. The Agency has no executive powers, and its officials are not entitled to arrest suspects or act without prior approval from competent authorities in the member states. Seated in The Hague, it had 1,432 staff members in 2022.

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European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation

Europol headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands
Agency overview
Formed1 October 1998
  • European Police Office
    Europol Drugs Unit
JurisdictionEuropean Union
HeadquartersEisenhowerlaan 73
The Hague, Netherlands
Employees1,432 (January 2022)[1]
Annual budget116.4 million (FY 2017)[2]
Agency executives
  • Catherine De Bolle, Executive Director
  • Jean-Philippe Lecouffe, Deputy Executive Director for Operations
  • Luis de Eusebio Ramos, Deputy Executive Director for Capabilities
  • Jürgen Ebner, Deputy Executive Director for Governance
Key document
The Hague
Europol (European Union)