Global Counter-IED MapPolice counter-IED units


europolLocation: The Hague, The Netherlands


Europol is the European Union’s law enforcement agency. Their main aim is to achieve a safer Europe. To do this they assist the EU’s member states, particularly with the fight against serious international crime and terrorism.

In regard to IEDs, Europol have been responsible for setting up the European Explosive Ordnance Disposal Network (EEODN), that was set-up in May 2008. This network runs conferences and training to enable experts to exchange knowledge about the disposal of explosive materials. The network meets to discuss the threats from the illicit use of explosives and CBRN agents, identifies best practices and organises training in partnership with EU Member States and third parties.

At these EEODN events participants will be updated on recent attacks, improve techniques to make IEDs safe. EEODN will run conferences for  EOD and CBRN experts twice a year to discuss and understand the existing threats from the illicit use of explosives and CBRN agents.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.