CEPOL welcomes Executive Director of Frontex

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17 April 2015

Mr. Fabrice Leggeri, Executive Director of Frontex, the EU agency for the management of operational cooperation at the external borders of the European Union, visited CEPOL’s headquarters in Budapest, Hungary on 10 April. The purpose of this meeting was to develop further cooperation in cross cutting issues such as counter terrorism, illegal immigration and trafficking in human beings.

Following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, cooperation between Member States in the control of their external borders has become more necessary than ever. Common trainings for border guards are seen as crucial to enhance the effectiveness of the fight against crime and to ensure the security of the European Union and its citizens. In this regard, CEPOL and Frontex representatives met to discuss further ways of cooperation in training senior law enforcement officers to tackle criminal threats such as terrorism, organised crime, drug trafficking, illegal immigration or trafficking in human beings.

“There is an obvious necessity for EU agencies to cooperate in the most efficient and coherent way possible; the more we communicate and understand each other’s priorities and needs, the better will we be able to perform and accomplish our missions and duties”, Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri said.

During the visit Mr. Leggeri met with Dr Ferenc Bánfi, CEPOL Director, Ms Aija Kalnaja, Head of Training and Dr Stefano Failla, Head of Strategic Affairs. Dr. Bánfi commented: “If we want to protect our citizens we must ensure that training law enforcement officers on border control issues is properly carried out, while granting fundamental rights at the same time. CEPOL and Frontex have organised joint training activities since both agencies signed an agreement in 2009. Besides, we share common strategic views, and we would like to continue that successful track of cooperation”.

CEPOL has scheduled for 2015 a range of training activities in specific subjects such as counter terrorism, illegal immigration, trafficking in human beings, goods counterfeiting, synthetic drugs, the Schengen Information System and firearms trafficking.

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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.

Frontex is the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union. The agency was created to assist the Member States in the management of their external borders and to bring greater consistency and harmonisation to EU border control. Mr. Fabrice Leggeri was appointed Executive Director of Frontex in January 2015.



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