Strategic Agreement Europol
In addition, the tasks of the Agency shall include in detail the analysis and exchange of information, such as. B information relating to the criminal police; coordinate investigative and operational actions as well as joint investigation teams; the preparation of threat assessments, strategic and operational analyses and general situation reports; and the development of expertise in crime prevention and forensic methods. Europol coordinates and assists other EU institutions established in the area of freedom, security and justice, such as the European Union Agency for Criminal Prosecution Training (EPO), the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and EU crisis management missions. The Agency will also support the European Council and the European Commission in developing strategic and operational priorities.    The Director of Europol may conclude agreements with other countries and international organisations for Europol. Since September 2017, Europol has been operationally cooperating with Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Denmark, Colombia, Georgia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, northern Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United States of America, as well as Interpol.     Similarly, the Agency has concluded strategic agreements with Brazil, China, Russia, Turkey, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Customs Organization (WCO).    On 11 January 2013, Director Rob Wainwright and European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström established the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3 or EC ³), a Europol unit to help Member States combat and eradicate cybercrime from organised groups in order to make significant criminal profits (e.g. B online fraud) that cause serious harm to victims (e.g. B the sexual exploitation of children on the Internet) or critical infrastructure of EU systems are affected. The Centre`s objective is to coordinate cross-border prosecutions against cybercrime and to serve as a centre of technological expertise, such as the development and training of tools.    Commissioner Malmström said a cybercrime centre in Europe was needed “to protect the open and free internet”.   On 25 January 2016, the European Counter-Terrorism Centre (ECTC) was established as a new strategic platform within Europol to exchange information between EU Member States, track the movements of Europeans to and from Syria and monitor terrorist finances and the use of the Internet by militants.
  While both types of agreements aim to improve cooperation between Europol and the country concerned, there is one notable difference: strategic agreements are limited to the exchange of general intelligence and strategic and technical information, while operational agreements allow for the exchange of information, including personal data. . . .