Imposed CA cuts by Commission
One of the main problems facing Europol this September 2019 is the issue of imposed CA cuts by the Commission. Europol is trying to leverage support in the European Parliament to secure the staff it currently has, and secure additional TAs to respond to an increase in activities. Furthermore, it is important to remember that CAs are not part of the Europol establishment plan, so the Management Board can make a decision on the final authorised number of CAs. However, pressure from the European Commission to lower the number of CAs will understandably make it difficult for the Management Board go against the proposed cuts. The Europol Management Board takes place on the 4th of October, so Europol staff are hoping there will be more clarity regarding their situation soon.
A feeling of hopelessness among staff
Staff are understandably demoralised and worried when faced with these proposed cuts. This has been exacerbated by little direct official communication from upper management. However, upper management in Europol appear willing to amend their communication strategy. There is a real feeling of hopelessness among staff, especially since some CAs have already resigned as a direct result of the current atmosphere in Europol.