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Europol objectives and tasks in the construction of the European Union. Some critical opinions and proposals

Bogdan Birzu ()
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Bogdan Birzu: “Titu Maiorescu” University of Bucharest, Romania

Juridical Tribune (Tribuna Juridica), 2017, vol. 7, issue 1, 157-166

Abstract: Within the present study we have examined the provisions concerning the objectives and duties of Europol, a fundamental institution with special responsibilities for preventing and fighting crime and especially the organized crime at EU level. These provisions are set out in Regulation (EU) 2016/794 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016, a relatively new legal instrument, by which there were repealed other European legal instruments regulating the Europol activity. The conducted examination includes some critical comments concerning in general the need to broaden Europol's jurisdiction regarding the enforcement of the coercive measures in cooperation with police authorities of the Member State in which operational activities are carried out. At the end of the article, it is emphasized the need to adopt a new European 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 cooperation in criminal matters; the European Union member states; jurisdiction; police (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K14 K33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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