CEPOL Executive Director takes part in LIBE Committee hearing

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CEPOL Executive Director takes part in LIBE Committee hearing
29 January 2021

The Executive Director of the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training, Dr h. c. Detlef Schröder, was invited this week by the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) to share his views in a hearing on the case of death of Slovak citizen Mr Jozef Chovanec which has reopened the public debate over the unjustified use of police force. Also invited to this meeting were Commissioner Didier Reynders, Europol Executive Director Catherine De Bolle, and Ms Maryse Artiguelong, Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

In addressing the LIBE Members of the European Parliament, Dr. h.c. Schröder noted that this tragic event shows that more needs to be done towards constant reflection on ethical values and standards; towards best possible police officers’ professional qualifications; and towards clear standards for the use of force and preparedness for encounters with persons with mental disorders.

He also took this opportunity to underline the importance of integrating fundamental rights as a cross-cutting component in all training activities:

‘CEPOL provides complementary qualification options on the European level, especially to strengthen the cross-border cooperation capabilities of the services in Member States. All the qualifications need to be based on ethical values and the respect of rule of law. This is to be treated not as a minor side topic, but as a major horizontal aspect’.

The Executive Director of CEPOL concluded by underlining the necessity for police services in Europe to have shared ethical values:

‘This all has to start from the establishment of such values in the basic training and the constant critical reflection on this during the continuous training. CEPOL is ready to support the police services in the Member States in this challenge’.

Based on its 2021 work programme, CEPOL is establishing the Expert Group on Fundamental Rights dedicated to support CEPOL in further improving in the future its focus on fundamental rights and ethics across its training portfolio.

The intervention can be followed in the video recording here.


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