CEPOL welcomes Executive Director of Europol during her official visit to Budapest

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CEPOL welcomes Executive Director of Europol during her official visit to Budapest
19 April 2022

Today, the Executive Director of CEPOL, Ms Montserrat Marín López, welcomed the visit of a delegation from Europol led by its Executive Director, Ms Catherine De Bolle.

On the agenda was the strategic cooperation between both agencies, notably their combined efforts in the fight against serious and organised crime particularly within the frame of the European Multidisciplinary Platform against Criminal Threats (EMPACT). Currently, two thirds of all CEPOL training activities support EMPACT priorities. Europol represents a strategic partner of CEPOL, as it provides outstanding support contributing with a significant number of experts to the numerous law enforcement training activities organised by the agency on serious and organised crime in all EMPACT areas.

During the meeting, Ms Marín López highlighted Europol’s key role in improving CEPOL’s training portfolio in the area of Counterterrorism, by means of providing up-to-date expertise through the corresponding CEPOL Knowledge Centre.

Part of the meeting today was dedicated to the strategic cooperation between both agencies in the frame of capacity-building projects in the EU’s neighbourhood. In 2020, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood entrusted both agencies with a project portfolio consisting of three capacity building actions covering the Southern Neighbourhood (EUROMED Police), the Western Balkans (Partnership against Crime and Terrorism project in the Western Balkans - WB PaCT) and the Eastern Partnership region (Training and Operational Partnership against Organised Crime - TOPCOP). These actions paved the road towards the implementation, for the first time, of joint activities in the three regions and the development of security partnerships with the law enforcement authorities to increase cooperation in countering organised crime and terrorism. This cooperation represents a key achievement in the external dimension of the EU. The joint activities include the development of regional networks by enabling different instruments like the strategic cooperation forums and setup of the capacity building and analysis networks. CEPOL remains the main provider for the delivery of training activities, while Europol is coordinating the efforts towards the development of the regional threat assessments. To date, 42 activities have been implemented in the three regions with Europol’s involvement.

Another topic of discussion was the impact of the war in Ukraine on current operations, as well as the complementarity of the responses to this crisis by both agencies.

The meeting provided the opportunity for the two Executive Directors to sign the annual addendum to the Agreement on Cooperation between the two agencies that enables the joint organisation of training activities in 2022.


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