New CEPOL Director Starts Today

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15 February 2010

Today, Dr Ferenc Bánfi took up his position as the new Director of CEPOL – European Police College.

On joining CEPOL he said: 'This is the beginning of a new era for CEPOL and I am delighted to be a part of it. CEPOL’s output in the field of police cooperation in training is of immense value within Europe and I intend to take the agency from strength-to-strength. It is no secret that the agency has had some difficulties in the past, however, I am confident that, with the expertise in the CEPOL network and the commitment of Secretariat staff members, any difficulties can now be firmly put behind CEPOL and a stronger, more focused and more efficient agency will emerge.”

One of Dr Bánfi’s first responsibilities as CEPOL Director is to attend the Heads of EU Agencies meeting in Brussels on 17 February 2010. The Heads of EU Agencies will meet with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to discuss ways to strengthen their partnership with the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council and to share their views on the EU’s future approach to the governance of the agencies.

Next week, he will attend his first CEPOL Governing Board meeting which takes place in Madrid, Spain.

Since 2005, Dr Bánfi has been employed by the United Nations Development Programme as the Head of the European Union Border Assistant Mission to Moldova and Ukraine.

Dr Bánfi has also held several senior public office roles in law enforcement since 1980, mainly in his native Hungary. From 2000-2004, Dr Bánfi held the posts of Head of Operation Support, Deputy Director and Director at the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI) Regional Center for Combating Trans-national Crime, based in Bucharest, Romania. The SECI Center is an operational regional organisation which supports the national customs and law enforcement agencies by offering a trusted environment for information sharing, knowledge development, joint planning and common action in the field of trans-border crime.

Dr Bánfi was the Deputy Chief of the Hungarian National Police, responsible for 16,000 officers, from 1997-1998.

Dr Bánfi, aged 52, holds a Doctorate of Law from Attila Jozsef University in Hungary. He is married with five children.

The former Director, Ulf Göransson, left CEPOL on 31 January 2010.



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