CEPOL and Georgia reinforce their partnership with a new Working Arrangement

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22 June 2022

CEPOL and Georgia have agreed today to reinforce their partnership for the upcoming years. The Executive Director of CEPOL, Montserrat Marin López and the Rector of LEPL – Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MIA Academy), Ivane Papiashvili, signed remotely a new Working Arrangement. It repeals the Cooperation Agreement that had entered into force on 12 December 2011, and reflects the developments that have taken place during the past decade, including CEPOL’s legal mandate in 2016 and GDPR requirements.

The new Working Arrangement between CEPOL and Georgia, among other things, will enhance sharing of knowledge, expertise, best practices and coordinated approaches to learning. It will also offer Georgian law enforcement officials the possibility to continue participating in CEPOL onsite activities, as well as in specialised online training via the public sections of CEPOL’s electronic platform, LEEd. The cooperation, as established by this Working Arrangement, shall define possible supporting activities of the MIA Academy to the organisation of CEPOL training courses and further coordinate standards on law enforcement training, particularly when it comes to cross-border law enforcement cooperation.

For more than a decade, since the Cooperation Agreement with Georgia entered into force, CEPOL has been welcoming law enforcement officials from our partner country to onsite and online activities. Currently, 160 active users from Georgia are registered in our online learning platform LEEd.

Furthermore, as of September 2021, within the scope of the CEPOL TOPCOP Project, one of the four externally funded projects of the agency, almost 120 participants from Georgia have benefited from specialised training activities tailored to improve cooperation within the Eastern Partnership (EaP) region and with the EU agencies on countering organised crime.

CEPOL is looking forward to continue working closely with Georgia within the scope of its mandate, offering law enforcement officials from the country specialised training opportunities.

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