Appointment of new Europol director 07 Apr 2009
EU justice ministers have appointed Rob Wainwright (UK) as the new director of Europol.

EuropolOn 6 April 2009 European Union justice and interior ministers appointed  Rob Wainwright of the United Kingdom as the new director of the European Police Office (Europol), which has its headquarters in The Hague. In a meeting of the Council of the European Union, Justice and Home Affairs in Luxembourg, Mr Wainwright, director of the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency was appointed for a four-year period. He will replace Germany's Max-Peter Ratzel, whose mandate expires on 15 April 2009.

The ministers also adopted a decision to establish Europol as an EU agency, funded by the EU budget, from 1 January 2010. The change of status, which follows a political agreement reached by the Council in April 2008, is aimed at improving the operational and administrative functioning of Europol. The decision also extends the mandate of Europol to serious criminality which is not strictly related to organised crime, including cross-border criminal investigations.

Europol was created by the EU’s 1992 Maastricht Treaty and became operational in 1994. It has its headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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