Based in The Hague in the Netherlands, Europol is an international policing organisation supporting European Union (EU) and non-EU countries to prevent and combat all forms of serious of serious international and organised crime, cybercrime and terrorism.

New Zealand signed an international agreement (PDF, 169KB) (the Agreement) with the European Union (EU) in July 2022. The Agreement governs the reciprocal exchange of personal and non-personal information with Europol.

The Europol Agreement is intended to facilitate effective responses to serious crimes and terrorism, including transnational organised crime, child sexual exploitation, drug trafficking, money laundering, cybercrime, and violent extremism.

To implement the Europol Agreement in practice, Police and Europol signed a Working Arrangement (PDF, 874KB) in 2023. The Working Arrangement sets out how New Zealand Police and Europol will uphold the terms of the Europol Agreement.

Article 26 of the Europol Agreement requires Police and Europol to publish a document with rules on how personal data is treated if shared under this agreement. Read the Protecting your personal data under the EUROPOL/NZ Agreement (PDF, 105KB).

Related documents and information

Proactively released information on New Zealand’s accession to the Europol Agreement