CEPOL holds first Strategic Cooperation Forum for counter-terrorism project CT INFLOW

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26 May 2021

EU project CT INFLOW’s first Strategic Cooperation Forum paves the way for a partnership in the area of counter-terrorism information exchange between senior law enforcement decision-makers of the Southern Neighbourhood region and CEPOL.

The EU-funded project CT INFLOW (Counter-Terrorism Information Exchange and Criminal Justice Responses), coordinated by the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL), held on 17 May its first Strategic Cooperation Forum with the aim to facilitate coordination among the partners and to adopt the identified training priorities.

The online event was attended by high-level law enforcement authorities of the partner Countries and International Organisations, along with the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI), the European Union External Action Service (EEAS), the EU Member States, the EU Delegations to the partner countries, other relevant EU institutions and representatives of the United Nations, as well as the identified points of contact of CT INFLOW.

During the activity, CEPOL presented and validated the Operational Training Needs Analysis (OTNA) findings, with a focus on sub-regional and regional approach. In addition, the synergies between CEPOL and regional partners during the implementation of the next project components were discussed, and the upcoming workshops for analysts were presented. Using the opportunity, the project team introduced the EU-MENA Information Sharing Network (EMISA), a joint network composed of experts and first line practitioners, who will exchange information and good practices, allowing for a flexible response to changing trends in terrorism.

Furthermore, CEPOL organised a side activity and gave the floor to MENA, European and International keynote speakers with expertise in Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF), while covering the topic from a judicial, academic and law enforcement perspective.

CEPOL will convene these forums periodically to revise and verify the priorities, and, if necessary, recommend adjustments.

About CT INFLOW

CT INFLOW project aims at contributing to prevent and disrupt terrorist networks and the activities of recruiters to terrorism, cutting off terrorist funding, and bringing terrorists to justice, while continuing to respect human rights and international law. Specifically, the project targets law enforcement and other relevant personnel whose tasks encompass the criminal justice process to counter terrorism, information exchange and criminal justice responses within the partner countries.

The project partners are Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, the African Union/AFRIPOL and the League of Arab States/Arab Interior Ministers Council.

The duration of the project is 48 months (1 April 2020 – 31 March 2024).

For more information on the CT INFLOW project, please visit the project page.

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