Executive Director meets with CEPOL partners in Vilnius

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15 June 2022

Last week the CEPOL Executive Director, Ms. Montserrat Marín López visited Lithuania on the occasion of the CEPOL Research and Science Conference 2022: Preparing Law Enforcement for the Digital Age, organised together with Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, from 6-10 June 2022.

On 9 June, Ms. Marín López had the opportunity, on the sidelines of the conference, to have high-level meetings with the agency’s partners in Lithuania. More specifically, the CEPOL Executive Director had fruitful discussions with the Vice-Minister of the Interior, Mr. Arnoldas Abramavičius, the Deputy Police Commissioner General and CEPOL MB Voting Member, Mr. Arūnas Paulauskas, as well as the Head of the Lithuanian Police School, Mr. Robertas Šimulevičius. During the meetings, Ms. Marín López was informed regarding the Lithuanian Police education system, while she outlined her vision for the future of CEPOL and explored how the agency can better respond the particular training needs of Lithuanian law enforcement officials.

She also expressed her appreciation for the strong Lithuanian involvement and standing support for CEPOL and its activities, and highlighted the importance of the CEPOL Research and Science Conference, organised this year in Vilnius with the support of the Mykolas Romeris University, as a unique forum that brings together law enforcement practitioners, trainers and educators with researchers and academic scholars from Europe and the international sphere.

On the same day, the CEPOL Executive Director visited the premises of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) in Vilnius and met with EIGE Executive Director, Ms. Carlien Sheele, to exchange views regarding topics of mutual interest and discuss how the two agencies can further strengthen their cooperation in the future. Ms. Marín López highlighted the importance of EIGE’s support to CEPOL’s activities on fundamental rights and gender issues, noting that the protection of fundamental rights, including gender equality issues, is a cross-cutting element of the CEPOL training offer for EU law enforcement officials. The meeting also offered an opportunity to focus on the activities of Justice and Home Affairs Agencies’ Network.

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