Police cooperation: MEPs to strengthen Europol as a shield against terrorism
The EU police agency Europol will soon be able to step up efforts to fight terrorism, cybercrime and other criminal offences and respond faster to threats, thanks to new governance rules up for final approval on Wednesday. The new powers come with strong data protection safeguards and democratic oversight tools.
The draft rules, agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators in November last year, will enhance Europol's mandate to ensure that it is fully equipped to counter the rise in cross-border crimes and terrorist threats, in particular by making it easier for Europol to set up specialised units to respond immediately to emerging threats.
Procedure: Co-decision, 2nd reading agreement
Debate/vote: Wednesday, 11 May
Press conference Wednesday, 11 May 14.00
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