Europol objectives and tasks in the construction
of the European Union.
Some critical opinions and proposals
Assistant professor Bogdan BIRZU1
Within the present study we have examined the provisions concerning the
objectives and d uties of Europol, a fundamental institution with special responsibilities for
preventing and fighting crime and especially the organized crime at EU level. These
Council of 11 May 2016, a relatively new legal instrument, by which there were repealed
other European legal instruments regulating the Europol activity. Th e conducted
examination includes some critical comments concerning in general the need to broaden
Europol's ju risdiction rega rding the enforcement of the coercive measures in cooperation
with police authorities of the Member State in which operational activities are carrie d out.
At the end of the article, it is emphasized the need to adopt a new Europ ean legal
instrument regulating the organization and functioning of Europol and the need to engage
more effectively in this line with each Member State, with the reservations raised by the
criticisms made. The paper may be useful to practitioners in the field, and equally, to
academics and the European legislator.
Keywords: judicial co operation in criminal matters; the European Union member
states; jurisdiction; police.
JEL Classification: K14, K33
1. Introductory considerations
According to the recent doctrine the “scientific and technical progress in
the recent years and the expansion of the democratization process across several
states has created the possibility of easy movement of people and goods from one
State to another or from one continent to another. The unquestionable beneficial
effect for the whole world has created some advantages towards the global
proliferation of crime”2.
Against this background, “the internal crime of all countries of the world
has known increasingly skilled developments,difficult to control by judicial
1 Bogdan Birzu - “Titu Maiorescu” University of Bucharest, Romania, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 Ion Rusu, Minodora-Ioana Balan-Rusu, The European Arrest Warrant, Romanian and European
Legislation, Doctrine and Jurisprudence, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Danubius
University, Saarbrücken, Deutschland/Germany, 2013, p. 12.
3 Ibidem, p. 12.