From 25th to 27th November 2014, a delegation representing the upcoming Latvian presidency of the Council of the European Union is visiting the European Police College headquarters in Budapest, Hungary. The delegation consists of Mr. Gatis Švika, Head of the Bureau State Police of Latvia, Mrs. Dina Tarane, Deputy Director of the State Police College and Mrs. Inguna Trule, Senior Specialist.
The purpose of this visit is to devise ways for closer cooperation on training between CEPOL and the presidency.
The delegation will meet CEPOL staff and deliver a presentation on the priorities of the upcoming presidency. Mr. Švika stated: “The presidency of the Council of the EU gives a country such an external visibility, insight to EU matters and also maturity. It really is an asset which could be easily used afterwards. People will remember you, because each presidency leaves its footprints and Latvia will also do so”.
Dr. Ferenc Bánfi, Director of the European Police College, stated: “This presidency will offer CEPOL a unique opportunity to deliver training in the areas of security and law enforcement in a dynamic and constantly changing environment. We will also work together in effectively strengthen the EU role as a global actor since this is one of the main priorities of the incoming presidency”.
The Latvian presidency of the Council of the European Union will take place from 1 January until 30 June 2015.
CEPOL team of Latvia:
"For Latvia and Latvians our presidency in the Council of the European Union is a historical turning point and we shall give our utmost to reach established goals in an efficient way contributing to the security of the European Union.
The implementation of the Strategic guidelines in the area of freedom, security and justice adopted by the European Council in June 2014 as well as the respective follow-up initiatives will form the core of Latvian presidency priorities.
Reiterating the European Council’s statement the main focus lies on the effective implementation of the existing legislation, policy initiatives and intensified practical cooperation at operational level.
Latvia is prepared to work towards an effective response to the current security challenges in the EU, such as.
On the open legislative proposals:
The new legal basis of CEPOL will shape the law enforcement training policy developments. The draft regulation will continue to be discussed in the Law Enforcement Working Party of the Council and it is hoped that a general approach can be reached during the Latvian Presidency.
Besides the work on the new legal basis, CEPOL has successfully completed the relocation to Budapest with minor implications to the core business. Despite the discussions over the budget and challenges related to personnel, the relocation was organised and implemented smoothly in a record short time. It is a considerable achievement of all involved making this possible. Recent events around CEPOL prove an old saying „together we stand, divided we fall”. Only working together and clearly understanding our mission we can move forward and develop the European law enforcement training system that serves the European Union society by creating a unified law enforcement culture and building trust among the officers.
Law enforcement training is a corner stone of creating a comprehensive law enforcement culture and protecting the democratic values of the European Community.
CEPOL’s training that builds and furthers the knowledge of our officers serves as a solid basis for further improvement of our operational performance in tackling security related risks.
Particular attention should be paid to the implementation of the various tasks defined in the European Law Enforcement Training Scheme. Four strands for the improvement of knowledge, skills and competence of our officers as established by LETS should be implemented in close cooperation between the CEPOL and the Member States. The personnel capacity of the CEPOL and its limited budget demands a serious attention in order to reach our goals.
The system of selection of activities should be addressed in order to reach a balance between low budget and topicality of the proposed courses. Stronger emphasis should be paid to the topicality of the proposed course and the proposed course curriculum and programme.
During the Latvian presidency within the Law enforcement working party we plan to initiate discussion among the Member States about the necessity to intensify the work of CEPOL in the field of training activities on forensics. The increasing demand for cooperation among the forensics services of the Member States calls for improved and coordinated training in this particular field of law enforcement.
The exchange programme has proven to be a success story and should be continued. The programme should be target oriented towards the practical needs of law enforcement. The task of the national agencies should continue to be dissemination of the gained experience and utilising it in the field of cross border cooperation.
The proposed new scope for the CEPOL’s training target group will raise new challenges not only for the national contact points but for the CEPOL itself. The involvement of other law enforcement agencies in the training process demands clear vision on the priority fields while keeping the emphasis to the actual cross border policing priorities. The respective work of the National Contact Points also has to be reorganised in relation to this development.
Latvian presidency is keen to continue the efforts in enlargement of the external relations of the CEPOL network, especially taking into account the urgent need to share the values of democratic and human rights based policing among our partners outside the EU. Therefore the CEPOL Latvian presidency conference that is dedicated to the fight against cybercrime will involve our colleagues from the Eastern Partnership countries and candidate countries.
CEPOL’s research and science mandate should be properly assessed and discussed among the Member States in order to have a clear perspective of this field of activity.
The existing CEPOL’s e learning tools such as online learning modules, electronic journals, trainers data base and webinars are well organised but should be more advertised among the law enforcement communities of the Member States in order to raise awareness of these learning opportunities and to encourage the serving officers to participate in these activities. This should be closely linked to the ongoing work to improve professional command of foreign languages among the law enforcement officers. The national training institutions together with CEPOL should pay an adequate attention to this issue as it is affecting personnel’s opportunities to participate in the EU training process and contribute to practical cross border cooperation.
During the Latvian presidency we plan to organise the following events in Latvia: CEPOL presidency conference on the topic „Cybercrime strategic” on 25-27 March, CEPOL Governing Board on 19-20 May. Besides the National contact point meeting will take place in Budapest on 14-16 April.
CEPOL is not only coordinating the training for our officers. CEPOL is serving as a centre of excellence for training, research and cooperation purposes. The success of any cross border police operation is dependent to the mutual trust among the officers and their awareness about the cross border cooperation mechanisms. CEPOL is the central institution that brings together the training needs and coordinates the training activities for all the EU Member States.
Our task is to concentrate our efforts and to maximize the contribution that Member States and CEPOL agency can deliver for our officers and for our communities.
And in this work we completely count on the support and cooperation from all of you to make our training system better".
Mr Gatis Švika – CEPOL Governing Board Chair
Mrs Dina Tarāne – CEPOL Governing Board Voting Member
Mrs Natālija Batova – CEPOL National Contact Point
Mrs Inguna Trule – CEPOL National Training Coordinator
Ms Līga Jasmane – CEPOL Coordinator
Note for editors:
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.
The presidency of the Council rotates among the EU Member States every six months. During this six-month period, the presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU's work in the Council. The Latvian presidency will start on 1 January 2015.
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