Information exchange via SIENA in 2012

  • 15 949 new cases were initiated
  • 82% of the cases were initiated by Member States, 8% by Europol and 10% by third parties
  • 29% of the new cases were related to drugs, followed by fraud and swindling (15%), robbery (11%), money laundering (9%) and illegal immigration (8%)
  • 414 334 operational messages were exchanged
  • 373 competent authorities were configured in SIENA by the end of 2012
  • 27 Member States, 12 third parties and 20 third parties indirectly connected
  • Approximately 3 000 users

The Secure Information Exchange Network Application (SIENA) is a state-of-the-art tool designed to enable swift, secure and user-friendly communication and exchange of operational and strategic crime-related information and intelligence between Europol, Member States and third parties that have cooperation agreements with Europol. It has a strong focus on interoperability with other systems at Europol and other cooperating states and organisations.

In the design and functioning of SIENA, significant emphasis was put on data protection and confidentiality, to ensure compliance with all legal requirements. Equally, security is deemed vital and all necessary measures have been taken to enable the secure exchange of restricted information. Furthermore, best practice in law enforcement information exchange has been taken into consideration, with a high degree of reliability, and use of handling and evaluation codes that specify conditions for use.