CEPOL signs Working Arrangement with Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Bosnia and Herzegovina
03 December 2014

On 3rd December 2014, the European Police College (CEPOL) and the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina have signed a Working Arrangement to enforce cooperation on law enforcement training. Bosnia and Herzegovina was represented by Deputy Minister of Security Ćavar and H.E. Ambassador Željko.

The signing of this Working Arrangement represents a milestone in bilateral relations. The purpose of this arrangement is to facilitate mutual cooperation in the field of training between CEPOL and the relevant training institutes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

It is in the mutual interest of the European Union and Bosnia and Herzegovina to enhance the effectiveness of police forces in the fight against crime, especially cross-border crime, by conducting common trainings for police officers to increase knowledge of national police systems, of European cooperation instruments and mechanisms, as well as of a wide range of specific subjects, such as counter terrorism, trafficking in narcotics and organised crime, illegal immigration, and border control or trafficking in human beings. Closer cooperation on police training matters may assist Bosnia and Herzegovina in achieving its European Partnership objectives.

Ms. Rossanna Farina, Chair of the CEPOL Governing Board, said: “This ceremony represents a very important result for the EU external relations policy. In order to improve the cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina, we need to build a system of exchange of data, deliver training at European level and improve agreements in the field of prevention and fight against crime, and CEPOL indeed covers all three points”.

Mr. Mladen Ćavar, Deputy Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, stated: “By signing this agreement, we have new possibilities for taking over the European standards when it comes to police work and the security of all our citizens. I believe that today we have made one important step towards the European integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

Dr. Ferenc Bánfi, Director of CEPOL, commented: “It is my pleasure to place my signature on the Working Arrangement with Bosnia and Herzegovina. This event today carries a symbolic value: a new step towards closer cooperation between CEPOL and Western Balkans countries. We are glad to notice that Bosnia and Herzegovina is progressively becoming a closer partner in the family of European law enforcement. And we are particularly proud of the role of CEPOL in facilitating this, via its wide portfolio of learning and training activities which take place by means of residential courses, online webinars and e-learning modules, staff exchanges, training manuals and common curricula, and many others”.

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The European Police College (CEPOL) is an EU agency dedicated to providing training and learning opportunities to law enforcement officers on issues vital to the security of the European Union and its citizens. Training covers topics ranging from leadership to law enforcement techniques and from EU cooperation to economic crime. Activities are designed to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practice and to contribute to the development of a common European law enforcement culture.



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