CEPOL Exchange Programme national coordinators take stock of 2021 achievements

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CEPOL Exchange Programme national coordinators take stock of 2021 achievements
17 December 2021

CEPOL National Exchange Coordinators gathered together this week in Budapest for their annual meeting –the first one organised face-to-face since the outbreak of the pandemic. In a year-end look at how Covid-19 has reset CEPOL’s flagship programme, participants in this meeting examined the results achieved in an unusual and difficult year like 2021 and looked ahead to 2022 with optimism.

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, almost 250 law enforcement officials from 41 countries (including 17 non-EU countries) took part this year in this European learning programme facilitating the exchange of knowledge and experiences between law enforcement officials, including police, customs, tax authorities, and prosecutors.

Participation in the CEPOL Exchange Programme in 2021 was possible through:

  • The CEPOL General Exchange Programme, via a restricted call for applications;
  • The CEPOL-EJTN Exchange Programme, which encompasses exchange opportunities related to judiciary cooperation in a joint collaboration with the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN), via a restricted call for applications;
  • The CEPOL International Cooperation Exchange Programme, which encompasses exchange opportunities within the frame of CEPOL’s International Cooperation projects with EU Neighbourhood countries, via an open call for applications.

On the closing of the calls, 326 applications were received (314 for the General Programme and 12 for CEPOL-EJTN) and 190 were received for the International Cooperation Exchange Programme.

With an overall satisfaction rate of 97%, the programme is highly valued by participants for the opportunity it offers to gain new knowledge and share experiences with like-minded professionals and to encourage collaboration between law enforcement agencies.

Law enforcement staff interested in taking part in the CEPOL Exchange Programme in 2022 can contact their National Exchange Coordinator through their CEPOL National Unit. The applications for the next edition will open in January 2022.

About CEPOL Exchange

CEPOL Exchange is a two-way cross-border programme allowing selected law enforcement institutions to host officials from another country for a period of one week, giving them the chance to exchange insights and good practices, build trust, initiate cooperation projects and foster deep and long-lasting learning and networking opportunities. The programme fulfils one of CEPOL’s key objectives - developing a European law enforcement culture. More specifically, it seeks to enhance cooperation in combating crime through learning and provides participants with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with working methods of other countries, promoting trust and cooperation between law enforcement officials from across Europe and beyond.


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