CEPOL presents priorities of its 2022 JHAAN Chairmanship in Warsaw

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CEPOL presents priorities of its 2022 JHAAN Chairmanship in Warsaw
23 November 2021

On 22 November 2021, the Executive Director of CEPOL, Dr.h.c. Detlef Schröder attended the Heads of Justice and Home Affairs Agencies Network* (JHAAN) meeting, which took place in Warsaw. Chaired by Frontex who has the chairmanship of the network for 2021, it was the first physical meeting of the Heads of JHAAN since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, offering a valuable opportunity to exchange views, discuss the achievements of the network during the past year and define actions for the future.

This meeting was particularly important for our Agency, as CEPOL was invited to present an outline of its priorities and work programme for 2022, when it will assume the Chairmanship of the Network for the second time after 2013, for the period of one year. As training is at the core of CEPOL’s mandate, the Agency will put, among other things, a high emphasis on different aspects of training of inter-agency relevance in the JHAAN context. Digitalisation, training needs around digital skills, primarily for law enforcement officials, will be given an emphasis in this respect, too.

On the occasion of the meeting in Warsaw, the CEPOL Executive Director noted:

‘We are grateful to Frontex for its excellent work and commitment during such difficult times. We are looking forward to assume this important responsibility next year. In 2022, CEPOL will continue supporting the network and its priorities with the highest level of dedication and professionalism, following the steps of our predecessors. We will also work closely with our partner agencies EASO and eu-LISA who are preparing for their upcoming chairmanships, in 2023 and in 2024 respectively’.

(*) The JHA Agencies’ Network brings together the EU Agencies protecting the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. The JHA agencies contribute to the implementation of EU’s objectives in the fields of migration, asylum and external border management, the fight against organised crime, drug trafficking and terrorism, human trafficking, gender equality and respect for fundamental rights. They also facilitate the functioning of relevant EU IT systems, contribute to EU activities to counter drugs and drugs addiction and provide law enforcement officials with skills and knowledge to stay ahead of crime, via up-to-date training activities, both onsite and online. Since these areas have a lot in common, the network was established to make use of the synergies and ensure a high level of information sharing. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the network has been supporting the Member States and EU institutions in meeting the unprecedented challenges resulting from the outbreak of the virus - each agency in its respective area of work, in both the short term and the long term.

The JHA Agencies' Network connects the EU Agencies protecting the Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice. It includes nine agencies: CEPOL, EASO, EIGE, EMCDDA, eu-LISA, Eurojust, Europol, FRA and Frontex. The JHA agencies take turns in chairing the network. This year Frontex is the Chair, to be succeeded by CEPOL on 1 January 2022.





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