CEPOL’s Executive Director invited as keynote at EU Presidency International High-Level Conference EU-MENA

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31 May 2021

CEPOL’s Executive Director, Dr. h.c. Detlef Schröder, participated last Monday as keynote speaker at the International High-Level Conference EU-MENA “Identifying Common Challenges and Needs to Enhance Police Cooperation”, organised in Lisbon within the frame of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union.

The high-level meeting, which gathered representatives from the European Commission and European Agencies, and senior officials from ministries of home affairs and law enforcement authorities from Member States and Middle East and North Africa countries, Interpol and the academia, aimed at fostering dialogue to build trust and a stronger common engagement towards a security landscape as a stepping stone to strengthen police cooperation between the two regions. Mr. Schröder confirmed “the Agency’s continuous support to train and help build capacity of police and law enforcement officers in the region – especially to counter serious and organised crime and terrorism”.

CEPOL at MENA Conference

CEPOL’s Executive Director met at the high-level conference with Portuguese’s Minister of Interior, Mr. Eduardo Cabrita. Subsequently, he hold a fruitful discussion with the Portuguese’s State Secretary attached to the Minister for the Interior, Mr. Luis Antero, to whom Mr. Schröder expressed his appreciation of the strong involvement, participation and standing support by the Portugal authorities to CEPOL and its activities. At the same time, he underlined the importance of mutual support and coordination of the capacity building projects outside of Europe and inquired about Portugal’s expectations towards CEPOL.

CEPOL's Executive Director also visited the Higher Institute of Police Sciences and Internal Security in Lisbon, where he met with a large group of CEPOL Framework Partners, as well as with CEPOL ‘s Management Board Chair, Mr. Jose Leitão, the Head of CEPOL National Unit, Mr. Hugo Cruz, and other relevant CEPOL stakeholders.


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