CEPOL Executive Director on working visit to Tunisia

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01 July 2021

CEPOL's Executive Director Detlef Schröder paid a working visit to Tunisia this week in order to discuss areas of future cooperation with key stakeholders in the North African country.

Invited by the Arab Interior Ministers Council (AIMC), Mr Schröder opened yesterday the 12th Arab Conference of the Heads of Security Training and Qualification Institutions, where he outlined the major elements of the European security training strategy. In his intervention, Mr Schröder underlined the good cooperation with the Arab Interior Ministers Council and reaffirmed CEPOL’s commitment towards nurturing a yet closer collaboration. The event served as an opportunity to further discuss concrete cooperation opportunities with the President of Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS), Dr. Abdulmajeed bin Abdullah Albanyan, and the Secretary-General of the AIMC, Dr. Mohammed Bin Ali Koman.

During his visit to the country, CEPOL's Executive Director met also with the Director of International Cooperation for Tunisia, Mr Jalel Abdelkader, alongside representatives from the Tunisian Police, the Tunisian Gendarmerie and the Tunisian Fusion Centre, which, together with the Ministry of Interior, are the proxy partner agencies in CEPOL’s international cooperation projects EUROMED Police and CT INFLOW. Mr Detlef Schröder acknowledged the dedication of these agencies in both projects and appreciated their contribution to the regional Operational Training Needs Analysis which are currently underway at CEPOL within the frame of both projects.

Additionally, CEPOL's Executive Director met and spoke with General Samir Tarhouni, high-level representative from the Directorate General for Law Enforcement Training with which CEPOL has been working closely in previous projects since 2015, which has fostered a solid cooperation that may soon materialise in a formal cooperation agreement with CEPOL by the end of this year.

The institutional visit included side meetings with the Head of the EU Delegation in Tunisia, Ambassador Marcus Cornaro, and its Counter-terrorism advisor, Colonel Franck Peinaud, and with the Deputy Head of the EU Delegation in Libya, Mr Nadim Karkutli.

Read the news on the Arab Interior Ministers Council's website

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