CEPOL Management Board takes stock of the agency’s progress for the 1st quarter of 2018 and plans for the future

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CEPOL Management Board takes stock of the agency’s progress for the first quarter of 2018 and plans for the future
18 May 2018

The CEPOL Management Board held its 4th meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria on the 15th and 16th of May 2018. The MB members reviewed the operational activities of CEPOL and the results achieved in key areas during the past six months, and voted on a number of important decisions for the Agency (they will soon be available here).

Among the topics discussed was the long term strategy of the Agency from 2020 onwards, the progress on Working Arrangements and their implementation, capacity building projects, as well as the Pilot Operational Training Needs Analysis reports on CSDP Missions and Counterterrorism.

The meeting, which was Chaired by Mr. Norbert Leitner, devoted significant attention to in depth discussions on aspects of the future strategy of the Agency. Furthermore, the CEPOL Management Board elected its new Deputy Chair, Mr. Elmar Nurmela, who will replace the outgoing Deputy Chair, Mr. Priit Heinsoo.

The Executive Director of CEPOL, Mr Detlef Schröder, underlined how honoured he felt to be serving the agency from his new position and informed the Management Board regarding the recent developments in the life of CEPOL. Mr Schröder also stressed the importance of the Management Board meetings as a unique opportunity to discuss the different strategic perspectives that could shape the future of the Agency for their further success.

When presenting the priorities of the upcoming Austrian Presidency, the Chair of the Management Board, Mr Norbert Leitner expressed his confidence regarding the challenges ahead and underlined Austria’s commitment to a more secure Europe. " The motto Austria has chosen for the Presidency is A Europe that protects. Against this backdrop, the Austrian Presidency will put emphasis on areas where the EU has a particular protective role: Strengthening the EU's external borders, establishing a crisis resistant EU asylum system, removing the breeding ground for violent extremism and terrorism and guaranteeing digital security will be key priorities of our Presidency ", noted Mr Leitner during his speech.

The CEPOL Management Board is made up of representatives from EU Member States and the EU Commission. The Chair of the Management Board is a representative of one of the three Member States that have jointly prepared the Council of the European Union’s 18-month programme. The Management Board meets at least two times per year, in order to discuss current and future developments and assess the overall performance of the Agency.

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