Definitions for EUROPOL
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Europol, European Law Enforcement Organisation(noun)
police organization for the European Union; aims to improve effectiveness and cooperation among European police forces
The criminal intelligence agency of the European Union
Europol is the European Union's law enforcement agency that handles criminal intelligence. It became fully operational on 1 July 1999. The establishment of Europol was agreed to in the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, officially known as the Treaty on European Union that came into effect in November 1993. The agency started limited operations on 3 January 1994, as the Europol Drugs Unit. In 1998 the Europol Convention was ratified by all the member states and came into force in October. Europol commenced its full activities on 1 July 1999. Europol allocates its resources from its headquarters in The Hague. The size of Europol belies the fact that they are in constant liaison with hundreds of different law enforcement organisations, each with their own individual or group seconded to assist Europol's activities. As of 2007, Europol covers all 27 member states of the European Union. In order to fight international organised crime effectively, Europol cooperates with a number of third countries and organisations as follows: Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, CEPOL, Colombia, Croatia, Eurojust, European Central Bank, European Commission, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Frontex, Iceland, Interpol, Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Norway, OLAF, Russian Federation, Serbia, Switzerland, SitCen, Turkey, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the USA, and the World Customs Organisation. The Europol External Strategy defines the framework within which Europol is to develop its activities with regard to third partners.
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