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20 July 2009

Dear Colleagues,

Thursday 16 July 2009, the Chair of the Governing Board, Ms. Ebba Sverne Arvill, and Bo Åström visited the European Commission (DG JLS/F) in Brussels.

The aim of the meeting was to inform the Commission of the Swedish priorities and ambitions during its Presidency pertaining to CEPOL, to discuss outstanding issues and to give the Commission the opportunity to clarify its position in current issues as well as declare its intentions for the future of CEPOL.

Before the meeting the Swedish Presidency had invited the Director and the Member States to bring forward issues they wanted to be discussed at the meeting. Responses came from the Director, Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland and Belgium. We seize the opportunity to bring forward our appreciation of all of those contributing to the input for the discussions at the meeting. Even though, due to time constraints, we couldn’t go into details on every issue.

The outcome of the meeting was very positive, at least from the Presidency’s point of view. It stated:

  • We are playing for the same team.
  • There are no hidden agendas.
  • The Commission will whenever applicable allocate own resources to assist CEPOL in any issue as well as being a sounding board whenever applicable.

CEPOL is a European Agency and we have to be in line with the procedures to be followed in the framework of the general budget of the EU and of Staff Regulations of officials of the European Communities and the conditions of employment of other servants of the European Communities; period.

The issue of a fusion between Europol and CEPOL follows the line of the response from Mr. Fabio Marini. It is a hypothesis in line with the ambitions of assisting smaller agencies to be able to match the rules and regulations when it comes to management and administrations in comparison with the rules and regulations. The network is not and will not be challenged. The location of CEPOL Secretariat is a premature issue.

The Commission will promote a further development of exchange-programmes when it comes to policing, like the ERASMUS.

Finally, the Commission brought forward its respect for all the good results CEPOL actually was delivering by its core products.

Ebba Sverne Arvill

Chair of the Governing Board



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