Friday, 15 May 2009

EU: Europol Decisions

The European Police Office (Europol) has been given a legal framework easier to adapt to changing needs. Joint investigation teams won’t be immune from prosecution. Europol has a new Director.


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Europol Decision

The laborious procedures to amend and to ratify the Europol Convention have now been replaced by a Council Decision:

Council Decision 2009/371/JHA of 6 April 2009 establishing the European Police Office (Europol), published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) 15.5.2009 L 121/37.




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Joint investigation teams

In the same OJEU issue, the immunity from legal proceedings is not extended to Europol staff placed at the disposal of a joint investigation team in respect of official acts required to be undertaken in fulfilment of the tasks set out in Article 6 of Council Decision 2009/371/JHA of 6 April 2009 establishing the European Police Office (Europol).

This is the content of:

Council Regulation (EC) No 371/2009 of 27 November 2008 amending Regulation (Euratom, ECSC, EEC) No 549/69 determining the categories of officials and other servants of the European Communities to whom the provisions of Article 12, the second paragraph of Article 13 and Article 14 of the Protocol on the Privileges and Immunities of the Communities apply.



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New Director of Europol


Mr Robert Wainwright has been appointed as Director of Europol from 16 April 2009 to 15 April 2013.

The official confirmation is by the Council Act of 6 April 2009 appointing the Director of Europol, published OJEU 15.5.2009 C 111/4.



Ralf Grahn