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 and Europol commenced its full activities on 1 July 1999. 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.

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