7th Governing Board Meeting Held in Münster

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31 October 2007

The 7th CEPOL Governing Board meeting was held on 7-8 March 2007. The meeting took place at the German Police University in Münster-Hiltrup, Germany.

Chair Klaus Neidhardt, German CEPOL Presidency, welcomed the two new Member States - Bulgaria, represented by Plamen Kolarski and Maya Nedelcheva, and Romania, represented by Silvia Luga and Laurentiu Sobu. Bulgaria was assigned membership of the Budget and Administration Committee and Romania was assigned membership of the Annual Programme Committee.

Topics discussed included the Cooperation Agreement with Europol, due to be signed at the beginning of April. The agreement will see an enhanced cooperation between Europol and CEPOL in strengthening the training activities for senior police officers.

The draft Work Programme 2008 was discussed and will shortly be sent to the Commission for consultation.

The draft Work Programme 2008 will see an overall increase in CEPOL activities. A range of new seminar topics will be introduced, including Witness Protection, Firearms and International Trafficking. Focusing on international police cooperation, a new activity for high-ranked senior officers will be developed and sanctioned by a European Certificate. Next year's work programme will also allow for five more countries to join the CEPOL AGIS Exchange Programme. An Alumni Seminar for former participants in CEPOL will be organised.

The Multi Annual Staff Policy Plan 2008-2010 was adopted, including a proposal for six new functions at the CEPOL Secretariat. The new functions include: an ICT Support Officer; Human Resources Assistant; Procurement and Facilities Officer; Management Support Officer; Finance and Budget Officer; and Administrative and Common Curricula Support Officer.

Other Governing Board decisions adopted at the meeting included: Working with the Bologna Process; Implementing Rules to the Staff Regulations; Rules Governing the Organisation of Meetings and Reimbursements of Expenditure for Attending and Organising meetings; and the creation of a Project Group for revising the rules that apply to committees and groups.

Also on the agenda was the Budget Estimate 2008, taking into account the draft Work Programme 2008 and the Multi Annual Staff Policy Plan, and amounting to €8.7m. The Estimate will be sent to the Commission before 31 March 2007.

The members of a Reference Group and an External Evaluation Group for the CEPOL AGIS Exchange Programme were confirmed.

The next Governing Board meeting will be held in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 May 2007.



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