Presidency Handover Meeting - Hungary to Poland

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23 June 2011

Hungary handed over the CEPOL Governing Board Presidency to Poland on the 16th June 2011 in Balatonalmádi, Hungary.

The Hungarian Presidency would like to present a brief summary of the activities carried out over the last six months:

  • Hungary began its period in charge of the Presidency with the budget discharge procedure, budget accounts for 2008 were closed but CEPOL did not get a discharge and the EU Parliament has subsequently postponed the discharge of the 2009 budget.
  • The Annual Activity Report 2010 of the Authorising Officer was completed by written procedure and sent to the relevant authorities.
  • In accordance with Article 21 of Council Decision 2005/681/JHA dated 20 September 2005 establishing CEPOL, the Five Year External Evaluation has been carried out, with the Governing Board also making some recommendations and as a result the 24th Governing Board meeting established a project group for the Rationalisation of CEPOL Activities. The project group had its first meeting in May in Budapest and its second one in June in Balatonalmádi, Hungary. Based on Council Decision 2005/681/JHA the project group discussed the implementation of the short term recommendations made by the Governing Board and prepared a draft decision. Following discussions during the 25th Governing Board meeting the decision was adopted. In accordance with the decision all CEPOL committees – the Stategy Committee, the Budget and Administration Committee (BAC), the Training and Research Committee (TRC) and the Annual Programme Committee (APC) will be disbanded as of 1 January 2012.
  • Hungary has followed up the implementation of the CEPOL Strategy and the Balanced Score Card started by Belgium in the previous semester. So far 69 Key Performance Indicators – 25 strategic and 44 operational – have been adopted by the Governing Board in line with CEPOL’s 4-year (2011-2014) strategic goals and objectives.
  • CEPOL’s Multi Annual Plan has been submitted to the European Parliament underlining the progress achieved; of the 44 milestones 38 have been completed and the remaining 6 are in progress.
  • The Internal Audit Panel executed the first audit at the CEPOL Secretariat and provided a draft opinion on the 2010 Annual Accounts as per Article 16(5) of Council Decision 2005/681/JHA. The report has to be sent to the relevant authorities by 30 June 2011. The Governing Board also adopted the Annual Working Plan of the Internal Audit Panel.
  • The implementation of the CEPOL European Police Exchange Programme inspired by Erasmus has progressed successfully during the Hungarian Presidency. The first part of the programme for senior police officers and members of training staff is taking place from May to August, 166 participants from 20 Member States submitted application forms. Following the great interest from Member States, CEPOL is considering implementing a second part of the programme in the 2nd half of 2011.
  • The Cooperation Agreement with the Montenegro Police Academy, Danilovgrad was approved by the Governing Board and forwarded to the Council of the European Union for approval.
  • The Cooperation Agreement with the Swiss Police Institute was revised and extended.
  • The External Relations Policy Paper was revised and adopted by the Governing Board.
  • The Governing Board adopted several decisions by written procedures. The amendment of Decision 30/2006/GB laying down administrative rules, commitments and guidelines for courses and seminars was also adopted with Decision 11/2011/GB.
  • In May the European Commission’s Internal Audit Service executed an audit at the CEPOL Secretariat and for the first time CEPOL did not receive any notification.
  • The implementation of the Framework Partnerships and Grant Agreements was performed in the first half of 2011.

In conclusion the Hungarian Presidency is please to have made every effort to ensure that CEPOL’s good image is restored.

Dr. József Boda, Hungary

Chair of the Governing Board, January - June 2011

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