A new agreement will strengthen Europol’s governance and…

Renew Europe welcomes the fact that today’s plenary endorsed the agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on strengthening Europol’s mandate, for example with regard to supporting Member States’ investigations, dealing with personal data and strengthening the agency’s role in innovation.

Thanks to the efforts of our group, Europol will now be able to request initiatives for criminal investigations where this falls within the competence of the EU. We have also succeeded in securing important aspects of fundamental rights, for example the creation of a fundamental rights officer and the establishment of a consultative forum to provide advice on fundamental rights issues.

While Renew Europe fully supports a strengthened mandate for Europol, it recalls the recent rebuke from the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and stresses that Europol must act strictly within the limits of the law. With the new powers comes the need for strict scrutiny by the European Commission and the European Parliament. Particular vigilance is necessary with the use of AI and the risk of discrimination.

Dragos TudoracheRenew Europe’s negotiator on the report said:

After this vote, Europol will be better equipped to protect European citizens in the digital age. We need law enforcement that is competitive in the 21st century and able to leverage advanced technologies to fight crime, catch criminals, enforce the law and keep our societies safe. But with more power comes more responsibility. We have therefore endeavored to strengthen democratic control, safeguards, transparency and accountability in Europol’s mandate so that its activities are guided and aligned with our European values.

Helen D. Jessen