Europol Act 2012
Functions of national unit.
5.— (1) For the purposes of this Act and the Council Decision, the national unit shall have the following functions:
( a) to accept requests from Europol to initiate investigations in relation to alleged criminal offences and inform the designated competent authorities of such requests as soon as practicable;
( b) to liaise with Europol and the designated competent authorities of other Member States;
( c) to communicate information and intelligence to Europol which the head of the national unit considers necessary for Europol to carry out its tasks;
( d) to issue a request to Europol for advice, information, intelligence or analysis;
( e) to respond to requests from Europol for information, intelligence or advice;
( f) to provide Europol with information for processing in its databases;
( g) to perform such other tasks as are required by the Council Decision.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) , the national unit may refuse to provide information to Europol where to do so would be likely to—
( a) prejudice the security or other essential interests of the State or be contrary to public policy,
( b) prejudice criminal proceedings or investigations in relation to alleged criminal offences in the State, or
( c) jeopardise the safety of a person.
(4) The national unit may for the purposes of the Council Decision—
( a) access the Europol Information System, and
( b) receive information and intelligence from that system.