EU Civilian Operations Commander visits CEPOL

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European External Action Service
21 November 2014

On 21 November 2014, Mr. Kenneth Deane, EU Civilian Operations Commander and responsible officer for planning and conducting the European Union Common Security and Defence Policy civilian missions, visited the European Police College headquarters in Budapest, Hungary. The purpose of the visit was to exchange views and devise ways for closer cooperation on training between CEPOL and the EU Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability, which Mr. Deane heads.

Mr. Deane met staff and delivered a presentation on the European Union training capabilities in the field of civilian crisis management. He stated: “With CEPOL’s consolidated portfolio in law enforcement training in the EU, the Western Balkans and the Neighbourhood area and our experience in training, advising, mentoring and monitoring missions in Europe, Middle East and Africa, I am convinced that we will find further grounds for cooperation”.

Dr. Ferenc Bánfi, Director of CEPOL, commented: “In conflicts and peace deals, security forces, police and the justice system need to work together. This is why training on the EU Common Security and Defence Policy is essential. We are a key service provider in civilian crisis management, and we think that the experience of the organisation directed by Mr. Deane in planning and decision making processes can allow us to be even more effective in supporting the EU’ s role as a key global player”.

CEPOL regularly organises training activities on civilian crisis management, such as the SPOPCOP (Senior Police Officer Planning and Command Course for crisis management), and has also elaborated a Common Curriculum on this subject.

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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.

The Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC) is mandated to plan and conduct civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions under the political control and strategic direction of the Political and Security Committee. The CPCC provides assistance and advice to the High Representative, the Presidency and the relevant EU Council bodies and work in close cooperation with other crisis management structures within the European External Action Service and the European Commission.



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