CEPOL HoOps participates at Senior Officials Meeting EU-Interpol

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30 June 2021

CEPOL Head of Operations, Ms Mailis Pukonen, represented the Agency at the biannual meeting between Interpol, the EU and the JHA Agencies held last week via videoconference. Firearms trafficking was one of the key topics of discussion, where CEPOL was invited to take the floor to provide details about the cooperation in this domain with the MENA and Western Balkans’ regions.

Ms Pukonen pointed out the ongoing cooperation with those countries via a number of projects the Agency is implementing in the EU neighbourhood countries, such as EUROMED Police, CT INFLOW and WB PaCT. She also outlined some of the training needs in the domain of firearms and explosives that have been raised so far by some of the beneficiary countries of those projects.

CEPOL Head of Operations stressed that the level of cooperation and engagement with law enforcement training and research institutions and relevant local authorities in EU neighbourhood countries has been consistently high over the last years.

In the current phase, these projects are currently running the identification of law enforcement training needs as a preliminary step to deliver a training portfolio where the firearms trafficking may be subject of future training activities, depending on the region.

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