EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos visits CEPOL

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Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos
29 March 2017

On 28 March 2017, Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, visited CEPOL’s headquarters in Budapest (Hungary). During the visit, Mr Avramopoulos praised "CEPOL’s achievements and growing role in building a common law enforcement culture through training”, and offered full support to the Agency’s tasks, being security a key priority in the European Union.

In a meeting with CEPOL’s management team, the Commissioner highlighted the expansion of the Agency’s activities to the benefit of law enforcement officers from the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and the MENA region. "Trust and confidence are building blocks of the European Union”, he stated, and acknowledged that CEPOL’s cooperation with these regions is building confidence towards the EU. He also underlined that collaboration between EU justice and home affairs agencies such as CEPOL is essential.

Meeting with management team

Prof. h.c. Dr Ferenc Bánfi, CEPOL Executive Director, welcomed Mr Avramopoulos and highlighted that CEPOL has now a consolidated place in the internal security architecture of the European Union. "Our ambition is to become a world-class agency in a few years. Our training activities have a high satisfaction rate, and our management system has recently obtained the ISO 9001:2015 certification, and both achievements are part of this ambition”, Dr Bánfi said.

Meeting with staff

Mr Avramopoulos also met CEPOL staff. At the meeting, he congratulated the staff for its success in adapting to a changing environment, and offered support to reinforce CEPOL in terms of human and financial resources to achieve its goals. He also confirmed that Sir Julian King, European Commissioner of the Security Union, will visit CEPOL’s headquarters soon, and accepted the Executive Director’s invitation to attend the graduation ceremony of the first European Joint Master Programme (EJMP) scheduled for October 2017.

Meeting with staff



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