The official law enforcement body of the EU. Its purpose is to improve the effectiveness and cooperation of the Member States' respective policing agencies in order to combat organized crime, drug enforcement, and terrorism occuring internationally within the Union. Europol is accountable to the Council of Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs, which in turn is under the Council of the European Union.
Functions as a investigative officer concerning complaints of maladministration by the official institutions and bodies of the European Union. The Ombudsman may also take initiative and open an investigation without waiting first on a public complaint. The exceptions to the Ombudsman jurisdiction are the judicial rulings of the Courts of Justice and the General Court.