CEPOL signs cooperation agreement with Georgia

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14 December 2011

A cooperation agreement between CEPOL, the European Police College and the Police Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia was signed in Tiblisi on 12 December 2011.

The official ceremony took place at the Ministry of Internal Affairs Academy, in the presence of dignitaries from the government of Georgia and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, as well as representatives. The agreement was signed by CEPOL Director Dr Ferenc Bánfi; Chair of the CEPOL Governing Board, Ms Eliza Wojicik and Director of the MIA Academy of Georgia, Ms Khatia Dekanoidze.

The agreement – the first of its kind between CEPOL and a country belonging to the Eastern Partnership Policy Area – will enable better cooperation and exchange of best practice between Georgia and the EU in the field of law enforcement training. In particular, senior police officers from Georgia will have access to CEPOL’s broad range of training resources, from participation in courses and seminars to access to e-Net, CEPOL’s online resource centre.

In addition, the CEPOL delegation also met with the Georgian Minister of Interior, Deputy Minister of European Integration and EU Ambassador to Georgia to discuss ways in which CEPOL can contribute to Georgia’s European partnership aspirations.

Cooperation agreements are a key pillar of CEPOL’s external relations strategy and during the course of 2011, CEPOL will have concluded or renewed eight cooperation agreements. As part of its external relations strategy, CEPOL is also studying ways to provide a financial dimension to its external action, to assist and improve its partners’ potential to achieve their respective European policy objectives in the field of law enforcement training.

Dr Bánfi said: “Today’s Agreement is not the final step of a process, but rather the beginning of what I hope will be one of the best examples of how European Union agencies contribute to the achievement of European partnership objectives. I look forward to a closer cooperation with Georgia, and in particular, I would like to welcome senior law enforcement officials from Georgia to participate in CEPOL’s training programmes.”

A Cooperation Agreement with Montenegro is scheduled to be signed in Podgorica next week.


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