Official visit of CEPOL delegation to Azerbaijan

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26 October 2021

On 25 October a delegation from CEPOL, headed by the Executive Director of the agency, Dr. h.c. Detlef Schröder, paid an official visit to Baku, Azerbaijan to discuss ways of enhancing cooperation in the field of developing and implementing training for law enforcement officials, especially within the scope of the Training and Operational Partnership Against Organised Crime (TOPCOP) project.

During their stay in Baku, the members of the CEPOL delegation held several high-level meetings with representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Customs Committee and the State Border Service. They also had the opportunity to visit the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan and meet with the Head of the Delegation, Ambassador Peter Michalko.

On the agenda of the visit was also elaborating on the possibility of concluding a formal working arrangement between the agency and Azerbaijan in the future, which would, among other things, offer additional opportunities regarding the delivery of training activities to the local law enforcement community.

The Executive Director of CEPOL noted: "We highly appreciate the established cooperation with our partners in Azerbaijan, especially their active involvement within the scope of the CEPOL TOPCOP project (*). We are ready to further strengthen our ties and explore concrete measures to reinforce the capacity and resilience of the country’s law enforcement authorities in fighting organised crime and other illicit activities, via training."

(*) TOPCOP aims to improve cooperation within the Eastern Partnership (EaP) region and with the EU agencies on countering organised crime. The partner countries of the project are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The main emphasis of the project lies on the capacity of relevant actors (law enforcement officers, including border and customs officials, prosecutors and judges) to engage in international cooperation, including with the EU, to fight cross-border crime. More specifically, the project targets law enforcement and other relevant personnel whose tasks encompass the criminal justice process to counter serious and organised crime.



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