Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol (JPSG) on 23-24 September 2019

The thematic debate of the 5th JPSG will focus on Europol's priorities on information management.

The Fifth Meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol will take place on 23 and 24 September 2019 in the European Parliament in Brussels. It is co-organised and co-chaired by the European Parliament and the Finnish Parliament.

The Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group (JPSG) is a unique form of scrutiny on the functioning of Europol by the European Parliament, together with national Parliaments.

The meeting will tackle a number of concrete issues regarding the Europol Regulation, including a keynote speech by the Minister of Interior of Finland, Ms Maria Ohisalo, as well as several presentations by Ms Catherine De Bolle, Europol Executive Director.

The thematic debate will focus on Europol's priorities on information management in 2019. Other topics high on the agenda include the fight against cybercrime, the structure of organised crime groups in the EU, money laundering and child pornography. The revision of the Rules of Procedure of the JPSG is an important topic on the agenda as well.

The JPSG is expected to play an essential role to politically monitor Europol's activities in fulfilling its mission, including the impact of those activities on the fundamental rights and freedoms of natural persons.

The tasks and responsibilities of the JPSG include inter alia the right to question the Chairperson of the Management Board of Europol, the Executive Director of Europol or their deputies as well as the European Data Protection Supervisor; the right to be consulted in relation to Europol's multiannual programming; the right to request relevant documents necessary to the fulfilment of its tasks; and the right to draw up summary conclusions on the political monitoring of Europol's activities.

3rd meeting of the The Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group (JPSG) on Europol, 24-25 September 2018

The Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group (JPSG) is a unique form of scrutiny on the functioning of Europol by the European Parliament, together with national Parliaments.

On 11 May 2016, Regulation (EU) 2016/794 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) was adopted. The new regulation empowered Europol and enabled a joint parliamentary scrutiny by the European Parliament together with national Parliaments on it.

According to Article 51 of the Europol Regulation, the JPSG will play an essential role to "politically monitor Europol's activities in fulfilling its mission, including as regards the impact of those activities on the fundamental rights and freedoms of natural persons."

The Conference of Speakers, at its meeting on 24 April 2017 agreed that the JPSG will meet twice a year. In the first half of the year, the JPSG is to meet in the Parliament of the country holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union while, in the second half of the year, the JPSG will hold a meeting in the European Parliament.

In line with the Speakers' Conference conclusions, the constituent meeting of the JPSG, took place in the European Parliament on 9 and 10 October 2017, while the second meeting took place on 18 and 19 March 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. At the latter, the Rules of Procedure for the JPSG were adopted.

The tasks and responsibilities of the JPSG as set out in Article 51 of the Regulation (EU) 2016/794, and include inter alia the right to question the Chairperson of the Management Board of Europol, the Executive Director of Europol or their deputies as well as the European Data Protection Supervisor; the right to be consulted in relation to Europol's multiannual programming; the right to request relevant documents necessary to the fulfilment of its tasks; and the right to draw up summary conclusions on the political monitoring of Europol's activities.

Constituent Meeting of the JPSG on Europol, 9-10 October 2017