General information
Europol Europol is the European Union law enforcement organisation that handles criminal intelligence. Its aim is to improve the effectiveness and cooperation between the competent authorities of the Member States in preventing and combating serious international organised crime. The mission of Europol is to make a significant contribution to the European Union’s law enforcement action against organised crime, with an emphasis on targeting criminal organisations.

The establishment of Europol was agreed in the Maastricht Treaty on European Union of 7 February 1992. Based in The Hague, Europol started limited operations on 3 January 1994 in the form of the Europol Drugs Unit (EDU) fighting against the proliferation of illegal substances. Progressively, other important areas of criminality were added. As of 1 January 2002, the mandate of Europol was extended to deal with all serious forms of international crime as listed in the Annex to the Europol Convention.

The Europol Convention was ratified by all Member States and came into force on 1 October 1998. Following a number of legal acts related to the Convention, Europol commenced its full activities on 1 July 1999. The Council of the European Union, Justice and Home Affairs adopted a decision to transform Europol into an EU agency on 1 January 2010.


Number of staff
Approximately 490

Job opportunities

Who's who?
Rob Wainwright - Director

Contact information
Visiting address
Raamweg 47
2596 HN The Hague

Postal address
P.O. Box 90850
2509 LW The Hague

Tel: +31-(0)-70-3025000
Fax: +31-(0)-70-3455896

Website: Europol