In the framework of the triple module CEPOL course “International Police Cooperation” the second module “Instruments and Approaches” was held in Münster, Germany, on June 27 - July 1 2011. With reference to the content of the first module, held in Aranjuez in March 2011, and relating to the future third module, which will be held in Lyon, the course covered a broad variety of topics. The activity attracted 24 participants from 11 Member States plus Turkey and Iceland. These participants take part in all of the three modules and present writ-ten assignments, which are graded, in order to obtain a certificate for the whole course containing credits in line with the Bologna system. The aim of the second module was to gain knowledge on EU system, institutions and bodies, to apply competences in the discussion of cases, to improve competence in analysing practices in light of academic findings, to gain knowledge about EU policies on police cooperation and its international dimension and to learn more about cooperation in EU and UN Missions and in the Area of Freedom Security and Justice.
The Course was organised by the German Police University and lead by Prof. Dr. Kugelmann, the university’s Head of Public Law, Police Law and International and European Law. The course also benefited from support by external trainers and lecturers: First Officer Manke from Europol, Bez. Inspektor Thomas Gamsjäger from the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior, Associate Professor Bernhard Frevel from the University of Münster, Matthias Zeiser, Head of Department of Criminalistics and Brig. General Philippe Lesimple, Deputy Chief of Staff Support Division 1 (DE/NL) Corps, Münster.
After the welcome address by the President of the German Police University, Mr. Klaus Neidhardt, participants worked in plenum and in workings groups employing traditional and modern didactic methods, e.g. the so called learning puzzle or the EU-Game developed by the Department of Prof. Kugelmann. The tasks at hand were plenty and complex thus giving the participants a substantial workload.
The following topics were presented and discussed:
- An introduction including the history of the EU and an outlining of its institutions;
- Presentation of the principle legal instruments of the EU, including decisions, regulations and directives, law making procedures, national implementations;
- Presentation of the main bodies of the EU, including the EU agencies and EU networks;
- An introduction to EUROPOL;
- Keynote address on the relationship between police an human rights;
- Priorities and Policies of the EU, especially the institutional frame and selected instruments;
- Strategies used in fighting organised crime;
- Cooperation missions in the EU and the United Nations;
- Recent problems of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice of the EU.
Prof. Kugelmann and his team would like to thank the participants and the trainers for discussions, interesting impressions and the good atmosphere in and around the course.