Spanish Presidency - Introduction Letter
During the period beginning today, CEPOL will have been working for ten years since its first steps commenced, and now Spain is taking the wheel of the good work carried out by the Swedish Presidency with the responsibility of guiding the Governing Board through this new phase, which is facing relevant changes in the running of the Union and its Institutions.
The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and the recent approval of the Stockholm Programme by the European Council will mean not only a new political impulse in the field of Security and Justice so as a significant challenge for the Presidential trio to reach the consolidation and development of their contents.
Being conscious of the work ahead, the Presidency of the Union will promote the adoption of an Internal Security Strategy as a key element to strengthen a European Space able to respond to the citizens’ needs in the framework of our common culture.
Likewise, Spain will also promote a series of initiatives aimed at strengthening the police cooperation instruments that brings a higher efficacy in the fight against terrorism, illegal immigration, domestic violence, missing persons and organised crime in its various forms. In the same way, and with the aim to pay special attention to the most vulnerable groups, the development and implementation of a Good Police Practices Manual to combat gender-based violence will be promoted.
However, a common culture able to respond to the new needs in the field of an open and secure Europe should emphasize the unique value of training within the so-called “European dimension”; therefore CEPOL, as European Police College, has to significantly contribute to the fight and prevention of crime and the maintenance of public order and security within the new framework of the Stockholm Programme. In this context, the Spanish Presidency has set the following objectives:
- Drawing up a pilot project on an Erasmus-style exchange programme that, based on a harmonised police training, allows mobility and exchange of experiences and best practices and contribute to the creation of a European police identity.
- Development of a multi-annual strategic plan where the structure of CEPOL regarding decision making and execution may be adjusted to guarantee the performance of the objectives.
- Reinforcement of the role of CEPOL among the European bodies and institutions.
- Establishment of inter-agencies teamwork to maximize the agreements already in place.
- Adjustment of the 2011 Work Programme to the stipulations of the Stockholm Programme.
- Boost the development and implementation of the common curricula as key element for a common training culture.
These and any other aims or initiatives that could have a positive effect in the mission and purpose of CEPOL as Agency and on the European citizen as the central element of the policy of the Union, will be borne in mind during the period that now begins.
I sincerely hope that during the next six months our common effort, based on engagement and mutual confidence, can achieve those results that have turned CEPOL into a key element within the Institutions of the European Union.
Finally, I wish to express my appreciation for the excellent work done by the Swedish Presidency and its unconditional support to the following Presidency.
For further information, or any other idea or proposal, please contact the Presidency team at: firstname.lastname@example.org or using the contact details that can be found on the CEPOL website.
Francisco del Barrio
Chair of the Governing Board
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