Terrorism Declines in EU
“Europol is the European law enforcement agency. Its job is to make Europe safer by assisting the member states of the European Union in their fight against serious international crime and terrorism. This is a big task. Large-scale criminal and terrorist networks pose a significant threat to the internal security of the EU and to the safety and livelihood of its people. The biggest security threats come from terrorism, international drug trafficking and money laundering, organized fraud, counterfeiting of the euro and human smuggling. But new dangers are also accumulating in the form of cybercrime, human trafficking and other modern-day threats. This is a multibillion-euro business, quick to adapt to new opportunities and resilient in the face of traditional law enforcement measures.
Terrorism continues to impact the lives of member states’ citizens both inside and outside the EU. In 2009, seven people (five police officers and two Soldiers) were killed and scores of individuals injured as a result of terrorist attacks in Greece, Northern Ireland and Spain...”
Excerpt from Robert Wainwright, “Terrorism Declines in EU,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 3, 2010: 8-9.
Robert Wainwright is the director of Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency. Mr. Wainwright began his career in the United Kingdom’s Civil Service, where he held various managerial positions dealing with organized crime, counter-terrorism and intelligence analysis. Since 2000, he has worked for Europol in various capacities, starting with the agency’s U.K. Liaison Bureau in London. In his last job before becoming director, he was Chief of the International Department of the UK Serious Organized Crime Agency and oversaw 20,000 law enforcement cases each year. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree from the London School of Economics in 1989.
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