Frequently asked questions

General Information

  • No. Europol has no executive powers.

    The European Police Office is a support service for the law enforcement agencies of the EU Member States. This means that Europol officials are not entitled to arrest suspects or act without the approval of national authorities. However, the support provided by Europol consists of tools that can contribute to the executive measures carried out by the relevant national authorities.

  • Europol supports the law enforcement activities of the Member States by:

    • facilitating the exchange of information between Europol and Europol Liaison Officers (ELOs). These ELOs are seconded to Europol by the Member States as representatives of their national law enforcement agencies, thus they are not under the command of Europol and its Director as such. Furthermore, they act in accordance with their national law.
    • providing operational analysis and support to Member States’ operations;
    • providing expertise and technical support for investigations and operations carried out within the EU, under the
    • supervision and the legal responsibility of the Member States;
    • generating strategic reports (e.g. threat assessments) and crime analysis on the basis of information and intelligence supplied by Member States or gathered from other sources.
  • Yes, Europol only acts on request at present. However, Article 7 of the Europol Council Decision, allows Europol to request the competent authorities of the Member States to investigate.

  • The Justice and Home Affairs Council adopted the Council decision of 27 March 2000 (amended by the Council decision of 6 December 2001 and the Council decision of 13 June 2002) which authorises the Director of Europol to enter into negotiations on co-operation agreements with third States and non-EU related bodies.

    There are two types of co-operation agreements that can be signed. Strategic agreements are limited to the exchange of non-personal data, which means strategic and technical data. Operational agreements include the possibility to exchange personal data, which means data relating to an identified or identifiable natural person.

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Europol activities

Human Resources (HR)

  • Europol offers job opportunities under contracts as Temporary Agents (TAs) and Contract Agents (CAs).

    Available Temporary Agent posts may be non-restricted (open to all EU citizens) or restricted (open only to EU citizens who are members of national services competent to fight organised crime and terrorism). Europol also selects National Experts who are seconded by Member States, to specific fields of expertise.

    All non-restricted posts applications must be made via our online recruitment system. Currently it is not possible to apply online for restricted posts.

    If you are applying for a post that is open only to staff from competent authorities in the Member States — such posts are marked with a ‘Restricted’ label — you must submit the form (Application form for Restricted Temporary Agents) through your Europol National Unit (ENU), which will forward it on to us for you.

    Before you go through the trouble of applying for such a post, you must ensure that being posted at Europol is in line with, and can be accommodated by, your administrative situation with your current employer. Should your application be successful, you will be required to provide evidence to that effect before you can take up the post.

    You must confirm in your application that you are employed by a competent authority, and have that confirmation signed by an official of that authority who is authorised to do so (see ENU confirmation).

    In some cases, certain details of a vacancy notice will not be published for security reasons. In such cases, you should get in touch with your ENU to learn those details.

  • Yes; all non-restricted posts are open to all EU citizens.

  • If you are applying for a position as a Temporary Agent, you must submit the original form and the original ENU confirmation plus three copies, so four in total.

    For a position as a Seconded National Expert, you must submit the original form,  the original ENU confirmation  and the support letter from your Competent Authority plus two copies, so three in total.

    Once you have completed the form and have enclosed the ENU confirmation (and the support letter from your Competent Authority for SNE posts), you can send it via your Europol National Unit or, if permitted, by regular post or by courier.

    Here’s the address for regular post:

    Human Resources
    Recruitment & Selection
    PO Box 90850
    2509 LW The Hague
    The Netherlands

    For deliveries by courier, the address is:

    Human Resources
    Recruitment & Selection
    Eisenhowerlaan 73
    2517 KK The Hague
    The Netherlands

    You must send your application to us no later than the deadline indicated on the vacancy notice.

    For delivery by post, the date of the postmark on the envelope indicates when it was sent.

    For delivery by courier, the shipment date that appears on the form accompanying the envelope, and that is also recorded electronically, indicates when it was sent.

    Applications received after the deadline will be accepted only if it can be shown they were sent no later than the deadline.

    When we have received your application, and if you sent it on time and everything is otherwise in order, we will send you an acknowledgement of receipt.

  • The eligibility requirement for AD posts is to have a university degree; depending on the profile, usually for IT, HR, Legal, Finance, we might indicate a certain preference for an IT specialisation, or law degree, business, HR or Financial management type of degree, but it’s not an eliminatory requirement.

  • No; EU citizenship is an eligibility criterion.

  • The Staff Regulations do not impose an age limit for a candidate who would like to apply for a vacancy at Europol – although they ‘have to be physically fit to perform the duties’ and would have to retire at pensionable age (66 years old if one entered the service on or after 01/01/2014).

  • The eligibility criteria need to be fulfilled; otherwise your application cannot be considered.
     Regarding the essential selection criteria:

    • if they are quantitative – for e.g. we ask at least 5 years of experience in something and you got only 1 year – then, you can assume that the Selection Committee will consider those applicants who have at least the 5 years required. However,
    • if it’s a qualitative selection criterion that you doubt or might underestimate, you may consider applying and let the selection panel to assess it.

    As a rule, the candidates invited further for the selection procedure, fulfil all the eligibility and the essential selection criteria.

  • Both, the written test and the interviews are competency-based assessments, both held in English (unless otherwise specified) and they last usually 3 h -the written test and 30 min – the interview. They are a collection of situational judgement questions, based on situations that you would meet on your daily activity, should you get the job, as well as theoretical questions about your knowledge on the subject matter and scenarios regarding some of your general competencies (ability to draft a clear text for various audiences, keen eye for details, organisational skills, etc.). The interview is split in two parts: one regarding your general competencies and one regarding your technical knowledge. At the end of the interview you can ask the Selection Committee your questions; the same questions are asked to all the candidates; however you can expect also follow-up questions, based on your own answers.

  • The organisation of the written tests and of the interviews is a huge logistical effort, involving a lot of internal and external people: booking of rooms, PCs, plane tickets, hotel rooms, sometime, if external Selection Committee members participate – make all the travel arrangements for them to be at Europol on the day of the selection procedure. Not to mention that in the same time several other procedures are taking place and the planning is done taking all these factors into account. So, we really appreciate if you can keep the day/ time slot that has been assigned in the invitation letter. Should really force majeure circumstances happen, we do have a bit of flexibility in terms of the time slots, but the days have to be respected. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation on this matter.

  • When the invitation letter is sent, you are required to submit documentary evidence of education diplomas and proof of employments. At this stage, a scanned signed PDF sent electronically is enough. On the day of the written test, however, you should bring with you either the originals – so we can certify the copies and return the originals– or officially certified copies that we get to keep.

  • It means that within the next 2 years, you are eligible to receive a job offer from Europol for the post you applied for or for a similar position, should the business opportunity arise. It’s not an obligation for Europol to employ you and also you are not obliged to accept if you are unhappy with the terms and conditions of a similar vacancy.

  • Yes; a list of the basic salaries and the type of allowances you might get is available on our website; you can also use the available Excel calculators for a more customized approach. However, the step you’re allocated in, as well as the allowances depend on the personal situation of each individual, so a more precise calculation is done when an official offer of employment is issued.

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    • Analyse before applying – make sure you fulfil the eligibility and the selectin criteria but also make sure you are actually interested in the opportunity
    • Invest some time in writing your application: be accurate with the dates, give pertinent information, makes sure that there is a connection between what we’re looking for and what you can offer
    • If you’re invited, prepare for the interview and for the written test! Read again the requirements, brush up on your technical knowledge, and prepare various examples from your experience that demonstrate the required competencies. And have all the required papers in order! Be on time!
  • Currently Europol has 1065 staff members, 201 LOs, 32.3% women and 67.7% men.

  • No. We don’t send newsletters. We advise you to check our website regularly in order to be informed about the latest job postings.