26th Governing Board Meeting held in Kraków

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07 November 2011

On 25th-26th October, the 26th meeting of the Governing Board of the European Police College (CEPOL) has taken place in Kraków (Cracow). The meeting was led by Mrs Eliza Wójcik – Director of the Bureau of Finance at the National Police Headquarters, being also Chairman of the CEPOL Governing Board. More than 70 people participated in the meeting. The CEPOL Secretariat was represented by the CEPOL Director – Dr. Ferenc Bànfi and by Dr. Detlef Schröder – Deputy CEPOL Director, and they were accompanied by other representatives of the Agency. Moreover, the meeting was attended by delegations of all the Member States of the EU, and by representatives of the European Commission – Mr Joaquim Nunes de Almeida and Mr Rene van Dijk. The Council of the European Union was represented by Mrs Ruta Repeckaite-Lazauskiene. The meeting was also attended by a representative of the Europol – Ms Sabine Manke, by a representative of the Internal Audit Service of the European Commission, a Director – Ms Agnieszka Ka?mierczak, by the President of the European organisation named "Association of European Police Colleges" – Mr Maurice Petit, and also by representatives of other institutions. The Polish side was represented, except Mrs Eliza Wójcik – Chair of the CEPOL Governing Board, by Major Andrzej Zawadzki – Head of the Non-operational Cooperation Department of the International Police Cooperation Bureau at the National Police Headquarters (WWP BMWP KGP), and also by Ms Anna Grunt – a member of the CEPOL National Contact Point at WWP BMWP KGP.

The official opening ceremony was made by General Commissioner Andrzej Matejuk who stressed in his speech the role of the CEPOL in the field of training of Police officers, within the entire European Union. The guests were also welcomed by the Governor of the Ma?opolskie Voivodship – Mr Stanis?aw Kracik, and by a Representative of the Mayor of Kraków – Mr Adam M?ot. Afterwads, the Chair of the CEPOL Governing Board, Mrs Eliza Wójcik opened the working part of the meeting.

Amongst many issues discussed at the relevant meeting, the following ones were the most items of the agenda: progress in restructuring of the CEPOL, budgetary and programme issues for the period 2012-2013, together with updating the Multi-Annual Strategy Plan for the period 2010-2014. Especially, rationalisation of the institutional and executive structure of the Agency, to be implemented as of 2012 after the planned dissolution of the committees and the working groups of the CEPOL, is of vital importance. As a result, it will make the current educational activities more flexible, and it will adapt them precisely to training needs of the Police of the European Union Member States, changing dynamically.

To sum up, it is worth mentioning that this meeting of the CEPOL Governing Board – carried out efficiently and professionally, both in terms of its content as well as organisation – constituted a successful event, and representatives of the Polish Police – representing our country within the framework of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council – did bring to an end effectively all the planned activities – aimed at functional improving of the CEPOL and at intensifying police cooperation of the EU Member States with third countries, with participation of the Agency.

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