CEPOL delegation visited Estonia and Finland

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CEPOL delegation visit to Estonia and Finland
01 July 2019

Last week, CEPOL's Executive Director, Detlef Schröder and Head of Operations, Mailis Pukonen held fruitful forward looking discussions on areas of future cooperation with the Agency's key stakeholders in Estonia and Finland.

On 26 June, the CEPOL delegation had meetings in the Estonian Ministry of Interior with Eimar Veldre, Acting Head of Public Order and Criminal Policy Department, Triin Toompuu, Head of EU and Foreign Relations Department, Kalvi Almosen, Director of Police and Border Guard College and Dorel Käosaar, Head of the Estonian CEPOL National Unit.

CEPOL's Executive Director and Head of Operations also met the representatives of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences (EASS), Andres Pung, Vice Rector of Academic Affairs and Külli Saluste, Head of Master Programme of the Institute of Internal Security. They also had the pleasure to visit the new top quality study building of the Academy that was inaugurated in February 2019. The top notch training facilities of the Academy were showcased to CEPOL's delegation and they gained hands on experience with the professional training and 3D virtual simulation tools.

Detlef Schröder commented on his visit to the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences:

'The Academy has been very successful to be accredited as an institution for higher education and it has an exceptionally good combination of virtualisation tools and options to provide integrated training. I am very grateful for the guided visit and hands on experience of the training facilities of the new building. It was a pleasure to see how the new facilities contribute to more practical studies allowing the students of the different specialties (rescue, police service, customs, prison officers) to study together and exchange experience.'

CEPOL delegation visit Estonia

On 27 June, the CEPOL delegation travelled to Finland to meet Maria Ohisalo, Minister of the Interior followed by discussions at the Prime Minister’s Office as well as with Ilkka Salmi, Permanent Secretary.

Perspectives and challenges for the upcoming Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union were key topics during the meetings as Finland will hold the Presidency from 1 July 2019 and just published its Presidency Programme.

The priorities for Finland’s Presidency are to strengthen common values and the rule of law, to make the EU more competitive and socially inclusive, to strengthen the EU’s position as a global leader in climate action and to protect the security of citizens comprehensively. Finland aims to strengthen the EU’s internal and external security and its defence cooperation, including measures to counter hybrid threats. In this context important discussions took place related to large scale EU IT systems, digital evidence and hybrid threats. Exchange of views on training opportunities provided by CEPOL, future cooperation opportunities and matters related to capacity building were also important part of the agenda.

Minister of Interior Finland and CEPOL Executive Director

Photo credits: Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, Ministry of the Interior of Finland

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