CEPOL strengthens its cooperation with Montenegro

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20 October 2021

On 18-19 October 2021, CEPOL Executive Director, Dr. h.c. Detlef Schröder visited Podgorica and Danilovgrad in Montenegro. During his stay, he had several high-level meetings with representatives from the local authorities, i.e. the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Police and the Police Academy of Montenegro, with the aim to strengthen cooperation with CEPOL’s partners in the country. Dr.h.c. Schröder also had the opportunity to meet in Podgorica with the Head of the EU Delegation in Montenegro, EU Ambassador Oana-Cristina Popa, to elaborate on current matters of common interest and provide an update regarding CEPOL’s training offer and activities in the region.

The most important highlight of this 2-day visit was the official ceremony for the signature of the new Working Arrangement between the Agency and the Police Academy in Danilovgrad. The new Working Arrangement replaced the Cooperation Agreement that had been concluded in December 2011, to reflect the developments that have taken place during the past decade, including CEPOL’s legal mandate in 2016 and the new GDPR requirements.

Throughout the high-level meetings with the Montenegrin authorities, discussions revolved around how the agency can enhance their efforts in combating organised crime, by providing support in the field of developing and implementing training activities for law enforcement officials. CEPOL also stressed the added value of the CEPOL WB PaCT project, currently implemented in the region in partnership with Europol, especially since Montenegro is one of the six beneficiary partners. Dr h.c. Schröder underlined how participation in WB PaCT can reinforce , via training, capacity and resilience in fighting organised crime and combatting terrorism.

Montenegro was also a beneficiary of the previous WB FI project, a joint UNODC – CEPOL project on capacity building on financial investigations in South Eastern Europe. During the implementation of this action, law enforcement officials from the country, representing different national organisations, participated in various onsite and online training activities.

CEPOL strengthens its cooperation with Montenegro


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