In particular, since the beginning of 2013 Europol is the home of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3).

A related feasibility study carried out for the European Commission states that, next to operational considerations, strong data protection safeguards constitute one of the main factors for having the centre launched at Europol.

Drewer/Ellermann, Europol’s data protection framework as an asset in the fight against cybercrime, in: ERA Forum (2012) 13:381–395DOI 10.1007/s12027-012-0268-6 making reference to (http://www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/TR1218.html, in particular, p. 2, 86, 88, 90, 149 and 154, accessed on 26/04/12); see also Drewer/Ellermann, May the (well-balanced) force be with us! The launch of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC), in: Computer Law & Security Review 32 (2016), p. 195–204.

The main axes of functionality of EC3 are thus to be seen in analysis/intelligence capabilities, investigative support, training as well as cooperation with law enforcement and non-law-enforcement partners.

European Commission (ed.), The EU Internal Security Strategy in Action: Five steps towards a more secure Europe, COM(2010) 673 final, p. 9 f.