Partners agree on training priorities at first Eastern Partnership TOPCOP Strategic Cooperation Forum

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12 April 2021

EU project TOPCOP’s first high-level meeting paves the way for a long-standing partnership between law enforcement senior decision-makers of EaP partner countries and CEPOL, in close coordination with EUROPOL, in the area of fighting serious and international organised crime.

The EU-funded project TOPCOP (Training and Operational Partnership against Organised Crime), coordinated by the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) and supported by the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol), recently held its first Strategic Cooperation Forum, a high-level event within the frame of this initiative.

This first forum opened a platform for discussion and validation of the selected evidence-based training priorities against the thematic crime priorities to be further integrated into a training portfolio for capacity building of the law enforcement in the Eastern Partnership partner countries. The training portfolio design will be developed by CEPOL, while Europol will lead the Threat Assessment component of the project.

Along with representatives of CEPOL, Europol and the European Commission Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement (DG NEAR), the online event was attended by high-level law enforcement authorities, as well as the identified Analysis Single Points of Contact (ANASPOC) and Capacity Building Single Points of Contact (CAPASPOC) of TOPCOP.

The meeting was divided into three sessions, of which the first was chaired by CEPOL, whose representative presented the conclusions and the findings of the National Assessment Missions and desk review reports by countries. During the next session, participants were divided into working groups to discuss their specific training needs, challenges and threats in the area of organised crime, based on the report shared with them before the forum. At the last session of the forum, participants agreed on a set of a high-level law enforcement and cooperation priorities in the project context and validated the strategically selected training priorities in line with the EU Policy Cycle as the basis for the detailed Operational Training Needs Assessment (OTNA).

CEPOL will convene this type of meetings periodically to revise and verify the relevance of the priorities, and, if necessary, recommend adjustments. There are three more strategic cooperation fora planned for the upcoming years within the framework of the TOPCOP project.

About TOPCOP

TOPCOP aims at improving operational effectiveness and fostering cooperation between the law enforcement authorities of the EU Member States and the Eastern Partnership Countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine). The European Union committed last year EUR 6 million to this initiative over a period of four years. For more information on the TOPCOP project, please visit the project page.

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