Europol’s role in this security environment could not be more central, EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said in a message to Europol by for the 100th Management Board meeting.
“The threats to the security of our citizens are constantly changing, evolving, multiplying. They are becoming more varied and more transnational. Terrorism has scarred the history of Europe in 2015 and 2016. It has shown the increased need to work together, better collect and share information and trust each other more,” he underlined.
“And not only for terrorism. Organised crime; the drugs trade; cyber-criminality: they all affect the lives of our citizens and destabilise our societies – and require a joint approach. Over the years, it has earned the trust and recognition of EU institutions, Member States and the European citizens themselves,” Avramopoulos stressed adding that it has become an established partner with unique capabilities in coordination and analytics.
“Europol has become the very nerve centre of our common work on security in Europe,” the Greek Commissioner noted.
“And from our side, I can commit to you today that I will do what is needed to make sure Europol becomes stronger, more able and better placed than ever to fulfil this mission,” he concluded.