The 19th Governing Board meeting, the first to be hosted by the Spanish Presidency, took place in Madrid, Spain on 23-24 February 2010.
Dr Ferenc Bánfi, who took up the post of Director on 16 February 2010, was introduced to the Governing Board.
Among the topics discussed were:
- Cooperation agreement with Turkish National Police Institute;
- The Draft Work Programme 2011 which will be forwarded to the Commission for comments;
- Preliminary Budget Estimate 2011 which will be forwarded to the Commission;
- The implementation of Framework Partnerships and Grant Agreements between CEPOL and institutes/colleges;
- Implementing rule to the Staff Regulations relating to the probation period of the Director, including the selection of a panel to undertake the probation assessment;
- Plans for a new CEPOL Exchange Programme 2011 – 2014 which will be the cornerstone in future CEPOL activities;
- The extension of the current CEPOL Exchange Programme with a further exchange period in 2010;
- The further development of the CEPOL strategy.
The Governing Board adopted a number of decisions, including:
- The meeting calendar for the second half of 2010;
- The invitation to tender relating to the five-year external evaluation of CEPOL;
- The finalised Common Curriculum on Drug Trafficking.
The Chair of the Governing Board announced:
- Ulf Göransson left CEPOL Secretariat on 31 January 2010;
- Ferenc Bánfi took up the post of Director of CEPOL on 16 February 2010;
- Detlef Schröder assumed the responsibility of Acting Director between 1 – 15 February 2010;
- The Head of Programmes attended the Police Cooperation Working Group (PCWG) to present two CEPOL related items: Work Programme 2011 and the “Erasmus style” Exchange Programme;
- All Member States are invited to attend the seminar on ‘Global Threat to Interior Security of the European Union’ taking place in Madrid on 25-28 February. The session will be opened by the Spanish Minster of the Interior.
The Director announced:
- His strong commitment to take over the responsibilities as Director of CEPOL;
- An action plan of work to correct important outstanding matters within the Secretariat will be presented at the 20th Governing Board meeting.
The Head of Programmes announced:
- An update on procurement procedures to be undertaken in the near future, including the launch of tenders for the Five Year Evaluation of CEPOL; provision of taxi services for the agency and a framework service contract for the provision of services by temporary staff;
- An overview of the ongoing recruitment procedures. It is the intention to complete all outstanding recruitment by mid-2010. Member States were asked to support the process by being part of selection panels;
- Details of the budget status for 2009. The low percentage of payments against commitments was noted and the Director announced that more disciplined cooperation is required when submitting reimbursement claims and efforts on the part of the Secretariat to accelerate the payment processes;
- CEPOL is committed to being more active in the area of communications, both internally and externally.
Reports were given on the implementation of Police Euromed II project and the CEPOL Exchange Programme 2009/2010.
Other documents presented to the Governing Board for information included the draft report on the discharge for implementation of the budget of the European Police College for the financial year 2008.
The 20th Governing Board meeting will take place on 25-26 May 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.