CEPOL looks to the future with key partners

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24 October 2011

To mark a decade of police cooperation through learning, CEPOL – the European Police College welcomed Mrs Véronique Mathieu, Member of the European Parliament, Stefano Manservisi, Director-General (DG HOME) of the European Commission, Ilkka Laitinen Director of Frontex, Michel Quillé Deputy-Director of Europol, Rafael Fernandez-Pita of the General Secretariat of Council of the European Union, Justice and Home Affairs, Radek Khol and Kenneth Deane EEAS, former and future Presidencies, representatives from international organisations and third countries and National Police Authorities to Bramshill on Tuesday 4 October to celebrate its 10 year anniversary.

The event, attended by 67 invited guests, and which featured an afternoon programme of key note addresses and an interactive panel discussion on the future of European law enforcement training, took place in a very favourable context. Mrs Mathieu, MEP and member of the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee, announced that the Committee had voted to recommend that the European Parliament discharge CEPOL’s financial accounts to the 2009 budgetary year.

Participants had the opportunity to reflect upon the past, as they enjoyed a photography exhibition of images that captured the spirit and content of CEPOL over the last ten years.

The event started with a formal luncheon, during which participants were welcomed by the CEPOL Director Dr Ferenc Bánfi and Chair of the CEPOL Governing Board, Ms Eliza Wójcik.

Following this, the programme began with the keynote speakers. While each acknowledged CEPOL’s 10 year anniversary, the focus was very much on the future. In the absence and on behalf of Andrej Matejuk, Chief Commander of the Polish Police, Rafat Lysakowski, Director of the International Police Cooperation Bureau, addressed the audience on the unique contribution of CEPOL in terms of exchange of knowledge and experience within the European Union.

Stefano Manservisi of the European Commission, gave the case for a European Training Scheme, an enhanced European police culture and further integration of the JHA agencies and Kenneth Deane, Head of Operations, Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC), European External Action Service spoke of the need for increasing the cooperation with CPCC and Crisis Management and Planning (CMPD) within the frame of Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

Overall, the speakers welcomed CEPOL’s ability to deliver quality learning to a wide audience, underlining the future need for quality over quantity, as well as complementarity and coordination rather than duplication.

During the following panel discussion, Dr Bánfi introduced a number of challenging questions on the future of law enforcement to a panel that was made up of representatives from the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament, the European External Action Service, Europol, Frontex and CEPOL. Audience participation ensured lively debate on topics such as the European dimension of law enforcement training, developing a police culture, the need to bring learning and training closer to an operational level and accreditation of courses and training.

The event also served as the launch for new additions to the suite of CEPOL publications:

  • Visions to vision: A decade of CEPOL – a photographic album of CEPOL through the years
  • Anniversary Reflections: A decade of European Cooperation in Police Training – a collection of personal experiences of CEPOL from key members of the CEPOL network
  • New philosophy, new possibilities – Recommendations to strengthen CEPOL’s role in the training of law enforcement personnel

By the end of the programme, participants left with a deeper insight into CEPOL’s future years; years that will be shaped by qualitative thinking delivering qualitative education.

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