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Website launched on ‘Europe’s Most Wanted Fugitives’

29 January 2016

European law enforcement authorities have joined forces to create a dedicated new website ( where the public can help police trace Europe’s Most Wanted Fugitives.

Europol joins forces with EU FIUs to fight terrorist financing and money laundering

28 January 2016

Since 1 January 2016, Europol's financial intelligence and counter terrorism capabilities have been substantially strengthened by the integration of a decentralised computer network of the European Union Member States' Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs), known as

Under the auspices of the EU FIU platform and the renewed provisions set in the IV anti-money laundering Directive, the embedment of into Europol aims to create more synergy between financial and criminal intelligence, ultimately boosting efforts to fighting organised crime and terrorism in the EU.

First conference of the EFC Programme under EC3 chairmanship

28 January 2016

On 27 January 2016, Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) hosted at its headquarters the first meeting of the EFC Programme under its chairmanship. Initially launched in 2012 as a 3-year project, the European Financial Coalition against the commercial sexual exploitation of children online has been transformed since October 2015 into a long-term platform of collaboration between law enforcement and key partners in the financial and Internet technology – the EFC Programme, hosted and chaired by EC3.

Europol strengthens efforts to tackle social engineering

28 January 2016

Over 55 international experts have taken part in a global strategic meeting on social engineering, hosted by Europol at its headquarters in The Hague.

In addition to the 28 EU Member States invited, specialists from Canada(Royal Canadian Mounted Police), Colombia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Switzerland and the United States(U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Postal Inspection Service) also attended the event.

The following main topics were discussed:

Europol celebrates the 10th European Data Protection Day

28 January 2016

Today, 28 January 2016, marks the 10th European Data Protection Day. This day celebrates the anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention 108 on the protection of personal information, the first legally binding international law in the field of data protection, and a cornerstone of data protection legislation in Europe and beyond for over 30 years.

Europol’s European Counter Terrorism Centre strengthens the EU’s response to terror

25 January 2016

Europe is currently facing the most significant terrorist threat in over 10 years. The Paris attacks on 13 November 2015 indicate a shift towards a clear international dimension of Islamic State to carry out special forces style attacks in the international environment. This and the growing number of foreign fighters are posing new challenges for EU Member States.

New Head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre

18 January 2016

On 18 January 2016, Mr Steven Wilson has taken up his duties as the new Head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). Since its launch in January three years ago, EC3 has seen a steep increase in its activities supporting cybercrime investigations in EU Member States. The demands for its services are boosted by the positive effects of pooling cyber intelligence and resources to fight the most impactful cybercrime networks at EU level and also in close coordination with key law enforcement authorities from partners outside the EU.

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