Europol sets an operational centre to keep EURO 2020 championship safe

The centre will work from 10 June to 12 July and will host 40 liaison officers from 22 countries

Europol set up an operational centre (IPCC) aimed at keep public safe during the UEFA EURO 2020 football championship. The centre will work from 10 June to 12 July. Coordinated by the Dutch police, it will host about 40 liaison officers from 22 participating and hosting countries, and will serve as a central information hub for national law enforcement authorities.

To that end, Europol has created a special Task Force EURO 2020 to enable keeping officers on the ground 24/7 to easily exchange information and swiftly receive leads on ongoing investigations. The operational activities will focus on public safety and criminal threats, which may threaten security during the tournament. Enforcement authorities will target threats such as cybercrime, terrorism, match-fixing, trafficking counterfeit goods including fake Covid-19 certificates, and other intellectual property crimes.

“The UEFA EURO 2020 championship is a unique tournament both for football and for law enforcement. With 24 national teams playing in 11 cities across Europe, teaming up is paramount for the safety of the tournament. Europol will enable this cooperation by hosting the dedicated operational centre. Backed by Europol’s capabilities, officers on the ground will be better prepared to ensure a smooth and safe championship.,” Europol Executive Director Catherine De Bolle said.

According to IPCC chief of staff Max Daniel, “combining information about public order issues, supporters, places of stay and travel movements by road, air and rail results in an up-to-date and integrated picture. Being able to easily share that information between countries has proven to be very valuable in the past.”

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