Press Release: 25 April 2023

ICC and Europol conclude Working Arrangement to enhance cooperation

Signature of ICC-Europol Working Arrangement
ICC President Piotr Hofmański and Europol Executive Director Catherine De Bolle during the signature of the Working Arrangement ©Europol

On 25 April 2023, judge Piotr Hofmański, the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and Catherine De Bolle, the Executive Director of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation – Europol, signed a Working Arrangement at Europol Headquarters in The Hague (The Netherlands).  The Arrangement provides a legal framework to establish cooperative relations between the ICC and Europol, for the two institutions to enhance their cooperation and encourage the exchange of information, knowledge, experience and expertise.  

ICC President Piotr Hofmański said: “I look forward to the enhanced cooperation and interaction which will take place under this Working Arrangement. Europol’s expertise and specialist knowledge is world-leading and the ICC is fortunate to be able to benefit from it. I am confident that the strengthened relationship between the ICC and Europol can enhance the capacity of both our organisations to discharge their respective mandates aimed at ensuring that serious crimes do not go unpunished.”

Europol Executive Director Catherine De Bolle said: “The signature of this working arrangement is an important step forward for the international efforts to hold to account those guilty of some of the world’s worst crimes. At Europol, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide have been part of our mandate since 2017. We have received contributions on war crimes from over 20 different areas of conflict, such as Syria, Iraq, Libya and most recently Ukraine. This new level of cooperation with the ICC will allow for a more effective response to core international crimes, with all relevant actors working together and sharing information and resources to end impunity.”

Under this arrangement, the cooperation may include the exchange of specialist knowledge, evidence gathering, general situation reports, results of strategic analysis, information on criminal investigation procedures, information on crime prevention methods, the participation in training activities as well as providing advice and support in individual criminal investigations.

The ICC is the first permanent, treaty-based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community, namely war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and the crime of aggression. 

Europol is the European Union’s Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation. It serves as the centre for law enforcement cooperation, analytical expertise and criminal intelligence in Europe.

For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: [email protected]

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