MEPs to assess the selected candidate to become new Europol's Deputy Director 

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General Lecouffe, the candidate selected by the Council for the position of the Europol’s Deputy Executive Director, will appear on Wednesday before the Civil Liberties committee.

According to the vacancy notice, the Deputy Executive Director will lead Europol’s delivery of operational support capabilities to member states, notably by overseeing the Operations Directorate, which includes Operational & Analysis Centre, European Serious Organised Crime Centre, European Cyber Crime Centre, European Counter Terrorism Centre and European Financial & Economic Crime Centre.

The appearance will be an opportunity for a public presentation of the selected candidate followed by questions from the MEPs.

Next steps

Following the hearing, the Civil Liberties committee will prepare a non-binding opinion about the candidate and transmit it to the Council.

When: Wednesday 24 February 2021, 9.35 – 10.45

Where: European Parliament in Brussels, József Antall building (room 2Q2), and with remote participation

You can follow the hearing live. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, journalists are strongly advised to follow it online.


The European Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) is an Agency of the European Union (EU) located in The Hague (Netherlands) and has as its objective to support and strengthen action by the competent authorities of the Member States and their mutual cooperation in preventing and combatting serious crime affecting two or more Member States, terrorism and other forms of crime which affect a common interest covered by a Union policy.

According to the Europol Regulation the Deputy Executive Directors are appointed by the Council on a basis of a shortlist in order of merit of candidates, proposed by the Management Board of Europol. The Council informed the Chair of Civil Liberties committee that General Jean-Philippe Lecouffe, Général de division (France) was the candidate ranked as number one and selected as the new Deputy Executive Director of Europol.