Mr Manuel Navarrete Paniagua leads the ECTC, the European Counter Terrorism Centre at Europol. Prior to working at Europol, Mr Navarrete was a high-ranking officer at that Spanish Guardia Civil with extensive practical counter terrorism experience. He was already the head of the counter terrorism unit at Europol. 100 staff members and several seconded national experts work in the ECTC. Working alongside other operational centres at Europol, such as the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3), the ECTC is a constituent part of the Operations Department at Europol, under the general command of its Director, and will serve to augment the organisation´s capabilities as the EU´s law enforcement agency.