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Europol condemns the heinous attack carried out in Munich

23 July 2016

Europol condemns the heinous attack carried out in Munich and extends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims. Europol has offered its full assistance to the German authorities in the investigation of the incident.

Europol and Lithuania prevent production of millions of counterfeit euro

22 July 2016

A total of EUR 17 150 in counterfeit EUR 50 banknotes were discovered and seized after Lithuanian law enforcement authorities searched over 10 residences and vehicles belonging to a criminal network specialised in euro counterfeiting.

Moreover, the criminals had prepared paper with watermark and security thread imitations for more than EUR 3 million in counterfeit EUR 50 banknotes.

Europol Internet Referral Unit One Year On

22 July 2016

Since its launch one year ago, Europol’s European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) has assessed and processed for the purpose of referral towards concerned internet service providers over 11 000 messages across some 31 online platforms in 8 languages. The content had been put out by criminals to spread violent extremist online content materials.

91.4% of the total content has been successfully removed from the platforms by the social media and online service providers.

7 detained in operation against British-Spanish cocaine traffickers

21 July 2016

On 13 -14 July 2016, 7 criminals from an organised crime network involved in large-scale drug trafficking from Spain to the United Kingdom were arrested by the Spanish National Police. These arrests are the result of the sixth phase of Operation Galaxy which was supported by the Spanish Guardia Civil and Europol.

Successful cooperation between Europol and UEFA during EURO 2016

21 July 2016

In the context of the European Football Championship EURO 2016, the European law enforcement agency Europol, joined forces with the Union of European Football Associations UEFA, and French authorities.

Months ahead of the competition’s kick off, Europol staff were involved in a series of preparatory meetings and exercises held in Paris.

Our agency was part of an Integrity Working Group comprising all relevant key stakeholders established to ensure that UEFA was fully prepared to deal with any eventual match-fixing incidents.

Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda

21 July 2016

The European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) has identified the need for establishing an Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda to provide guidance to the EU Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU).

The EU IRU, being the ECTC capability dealing with countering terrorism online, is tasked with establishing the Advisory Group, whose members shall be individuals of proven expertise and professional experience in the fields of online propaganda, recruitment and radicalisation, which are relevant to the fight against terrorism.

211 terrorist attacks carried out in EU Member States in 2015, new Europol report reveals

20 July 2016


In 2015, 151 people died and over 360 were injured as a result of terrorist attacks in the EU. Six EU Member States[1] faced 211 failed, foiled and completed terrorist attacks. 1 077 individuals were arrested in the EU for terrorism-related offences, of which 424 in France only. 94% of the individuals trialled for jihadist terrorism were found guilty and prosecuted[2] .

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