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1 December 2015

On 08 October 2015, the Council decided to dissolve the Europol Pension Fund (COUNCIL DECISION (EU) 2015/1889 on the dissolution of the Europol Pension Fund). With this decision the independent pension fund established by the Council Act of 12 March 1999 is dissolved as of 1 January 2016.  The full Council Decision can be accessed in the Official Journal.

Operation In-Our-Sites (IOS) takes down 999 websites selling counterfeit goods

30 November 2015

Nearly one thousand websites that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to consumers have been seized by law enforcement authorities, following the international operation In Our Sites (IOS) VI.

The operation tackled the sale of counterfeit goods (including intellectual property (IP) trademark infringements) and online piracy (IP copyright infringements) on e-commerce platforms and social networks.

Vidar Helgesen, Norwegian Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, visits Europol

26 November 2015

Today, we received the visit of Vidar Helgesen, Norwegian Minister of European Economic Area and EU Affairs and Chief of Staff at the Office of the Prime Minister, who was accompanied by a delegation from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Europol's work to tackle people smuggling networks and the excellent cooperation with Norway, were among the topics discussed.

Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister, visits Europol

26 November 2015

Today, Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, welcomed Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister, to Europol's headquarters in The Hague. After meeting with our Director, Mr Rasmussen visited Europol's installations, including the operational centre and the European Cybercrime Centre Lab. At the end of his visit, Mr Rasmussen held a press conference for Danish media.

International cooperation delivers major hit to people smuggling network

24 November 2015

Judicial and law enforcement authorities from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany and the UK, supported by Europol and

Eurojust, took action early today against a Europe-wide organised crime group (OCG), composed primarily of Czech and Albanian nationals. The OCG is suspected of arranging for mainly Albanian nationals to be brought into the European Union in breach of immigration law. The OCG is also suspected of money laundering.

Ministers commit to reinforcing Europol’s counter-terrorism capabilities

20 November 2015

Following the horrific attacks in Paris on Friday 13 November, Europol continues to provide 24/7 support to the counter-terrorist investigations in France and Belgium. This includes following up investigative leads from Europol's intelligence databases, facilitating cooperation via Europol's in-house network of liaison officers from nearly 40 countries, and contributing specific expertise on various aspects of the case.

Europol provides training on response to radiological incidents and emergencies

20 November 2015

On 17-20 November 2015, Europol, in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), conducted an intensive operational training in Świerk (Warsaw area), Poland. The training course was supported by the Polish Police and the Polish National Centre for the Nuclear Research.

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