From a security research perspective, one of the fundamental changes to the Europol regulation is to strengthen the role of the agency in the area of research and innovation. With this revised mandate, the agency will no longer participate in projects as a beneficiary, and new procedures will be established to enhance the cooperation of the agency with EU security research projects. Among others, Europol’s facilities represent strong incentives for projects to cooperate with the agency; these facilities can help in improving the impact of security research in several ways, such as through the tool repository, data sandbox, low value grants.
Europol is an integral part of the EU's internal security architecture. With its platforms, databases, and analytical services, Europol connects law enforcement authorities across the EU and beyond to tackle serious and organised crime and terrorism. With its revised mandate, Europol will be able to support the EU countries to use emerging technologies, explore new approaches, and develop common technological solutions to bolster civil security - including in the field of artificial intelligence.
One of the major points for the Commission is the importance of research and innovation uptake. To this end, this mandate is reinforced regarding research and innovation as it bolsters the ability of the EC to strengthen exploitation and uptake of research results at EU level and increase the security impact of its projects. It will also have the benefit of cutting down on work duplication, and will help to reinforce standards at EU level.
- Publication date
- 30 June 2023
- Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs