CEPOL webinar on the Evolution of Police and Judicial Cooperation in the EU with prof. Fijnaut

Status message

Active context: context_uid_articles
13 February 2020

CEPOL invites anyone with a professional interest in matters of cross-border policing and judicial cooperation to participate in the public webinar “The Evolution of Police and Judicial Cooperation in the EU. Historical roots, major achievements and the situation post-Brexit” featuring Prof. Dr. Cyrille Fijnaut, author of the book “A Peaceful Revolution - The Development of Police and Judicial Cooperation in the European Union, (Intersentia 2019).

Prof. Fijnaut is a distinguished academic who has done pioneer research work on the roots of cross-state-border cooperation in Europe and the various political and legal levels of implementation (read more about the speakers background here:

Dirk Van Daele (2019): Cyrille Fijnaut: a pioneer from the low countries, Police Practice and Research, DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2019.1690178

In this Public Webinar, the following points will be elaborated:

  • The debate surrounding police and judicial cooperation in the European Union can be criticised for focussing too much on certain forms of cooperation or on specific problems. It lacks as a result, a thorough overview of what has been achieved in this area since the Maastricht Treaty. In contrast to the disjointed and mostly secret cooperation between police and judicial services in Europe prior to 1993, the current regime has established a coherent and transparent system within the EU that can only be described as something like peaceful revolution. The presenter aims to portray this development in light of the EU-wide political action programmes (the Brussels Programme, the Tampere Programme, the Hague Programme and the Stockholm Programme) which were drafted in concurrence with all major changes to the constitutional relations within the EU.
  • This programmatic approach makes it possible to present in a clear manner the imposing array of police and judicial agencies, facilities and networks (Europol, Schengen Information System, Eurojust, European Arrest Warrant, etc.) created through democratic processes with the aim of ensuring the security of the citizens of the EU.
  • In particular, the problems concerning the control of internal and external borders and with respect to the containment of terrorism demonstrate that this system urgently needs to be reinforced. It is ironic that the Brexit negotiations demonstrate the importance of the current system of police and judicial cooperation in the EU: the United Kingdom would like to keep the great benefits of a number of its crucial components.

The webinar is intended to be interactive and participants can share questions in advance on CEPOL’s social media channels or submit them during the session (chat-log).


  1. Introduction by Dr. Detlef Nogala, Research & Knowledge Management Officer, CEPOL
  2. Presentation by the author Prof. Dr. Cyrille Fijnaut, Tilburg University
  3. Question and Answer session Moderator: Prof. Dr. Toine Spapens, Tilburg University

The event will take place on Friday, 28 February 2020, 13:00 CET on CEPOL’s eNet platform.

Online-access is public for up to 1000 participants, but requires registration and confirmation by CEPOL.




Office address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1066 Budapest
Ó utca 27

Correspondence address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1903 Budapest

Email address

Telephone: +36 1 803 8030/8031

Fax: +36 1 803 8032