FECL 10 (November 1992):
The first Europol office will be run by 15 high ranking police officials under the leadership of Mr. Storbeck, a representative of the German BKA (German Department of criminal investigation). According to sources within the European Parliament certain EC-member States have two representatives on the staff, while others, as for instance Belgium, are not yet represented.
The choice of Strasbourg as the location for the staff appears to be an important preliminary decision with respect to Europol's definitive location, an issue which had led to rivalry between a number of European cities (see FECL No.3, p.3). It is not clear if the Franco-German inauguration ceremony for what is supposed to be a European police body is a common attempt of the two leading EC-powers to influence a future decision on the site of Europol or if there is already agreement among the ministers within the TREVI-group on the choice of Strasbourg.
As a result of TREVI's traditional policy of secrecy and "ad-hoc informality", nobody knows. And we will also have to wait for an explanation of the quite surprising fact that Europol is placed in the same building as the Schengen Information System, although, in theory, it is not a Schengen body.
The French Home Affairs Minister Quilès described the Europol-staff in Neuhof as "the embryo of a European police".
Sources: Le Monde, 6/7.9.92; our sources.