29 000 law enforcement officials trained in 2018, in line with EU priorities

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25 February 2019

CEPOL’s Executive Director presents the Agency’s achievements and plans at the European Parliament.

Almost 29 000 of law enforcement officials from across Europe were trained by CEPOL in 2018 with a high rate of satisfaction. Yet, the demand for training is even higher – underlined the Agency’s Executive Director, Detlef Schröder reporting on CEPOL’s achievements and plans at the European Parliament today.

The exchange of views took place at the meeting of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) with the Members of the European Parliament scrutinising facts and figures related to the operation of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training.

Results of the first EU Strategic Training Needs Assessment report, as well as Agency’s plans, have also been shared with the MEPs. Parliamentarians took note of the raising expectations towards the Agency as well as its budgetary constraints.

In the discussion, MEPs Birgit Sippel (S&D, DE), Gérard Deprez (ALDE, BE) and Sophia in 't Veld (ALDE, NL) asked questions mostly related to the selection processes for taking part in CEPOL’s training activities and about the way thematic priorities are established.

Responding to them, Detlef Schröder explained a model of nominations for training activities as well as priorities-setting processes, with the EU Member States at the centre of both. CEPOL’s ED outlined that the Agency’s role is not to compete with the national law enforcement training providers but to supplement their offer with solutions tailored to the needs expressed.

Since the European Parliament expanded the Agency’s mandate in 2016, CEPOL provides their offer to groups beyond traditional target (police officers) like customs officials, judiciary or border guards.

The video recording from the exchange of views could be accessed here:




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