JHA Counsellors take stock of CEPOL’s achievements and outlook towards the future

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01 April 2022

On 23 March, CEPOL organised this year’s JHA Counsellors event in Brussels, with the support of the CEPOL Liaison office. Around thirty representatives from EU Permanent Representations, the European Commission, as well as partner agencies and organisations, participated in this event to learn about the agency’s main achievements and future goals.

Opening the event on behalf of CEPOL, the Executive Director, Ms Montserrat Marín López focused on the agency’s role as a frontline actor in EU law enforcement training, with a particular emphasis on the outcomes of the 5-year evaluation report for 2015-2020, and the agency’s outlook towards the future.

‘As a hub of European law enforcement training, CEPOL will continue its efforts in the upcoming years to respond in the best possible way to evolving training needs and developments at EU level, always with a focus on quality, innovation and the protection of fundamental rights’, stated Ms Marín López.

The CEPOL Head of Operations, Ms Mailis Pukonen, provided an overview of CEPOL’s 2021 achievements, followed by CEPOL’s Work Programme for 2022, the CEPOL International cooperation portfolio, as well as the CEPOL EU Strategic Training Needs Assessment (EU-STNA) exercise. Also event provided the opportunity to learn about the work of the agency’s Cybercrime Academy (CCA), a specialised training centre located in Budapest that was inaugurated in June 2019. ‘Aiming to respond to the continuously increasing demand of law enforcement officials for training on cybercrime elements, the CEPOL Cybercrime Academy offers a unique training environment to cover topics such as Digital forensics, Cybercrime investigations, Child Sexual Exploitation and Non-cash payment frauds’.

As CEPOL holds the presidency of the Justice and Home Affairs Agencies’ Network (JHAAN) this year, the event also offered a unique opportunity to inform the participants about CEPOL’s JHAAN priorities for 2022.


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