Presidency Handover Meeting - Poland to Denmark

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13 December 2011

On 8th December 2011, the Presidency Handover Meeting between Poland and Denmark took place in Warsaw. The meeting was led by Mrs Eliza Wójcik, Director of the Bureau of Finance at the National Police Headquarters and Chair of the CEPOL Governing Board, until 31st December 2011. The aim of this meeting was to provide the incoming Danish Presidency with the best practices and experience acquired as well as to discuss the major achievements made in the last six months.

Issues related to cooperation with the CEPOL Secretariat in terms of tasks carried out by the Governing Board so far were mentioned, as well as the activities that require continuation. During the meeting, Mrs Wójcik highlighted that 10 decisions were approved altogether, during her duties as Chair (seven of which at the last meeting of the Governing Board, held in Kraków on 25th - 26th October 2011), including two decisions of a strategic nature covering changes in the structure of the Agency.

After signing a mutually agreed protocol, the Polish team handed the Presidency over to the Danish CEPOL team – represented by Mr Kim Sverre Hansen. Although the Handover Meeting was the last official meeting during the Polish Presidency of the Council of Europe, our involvement is not completed yet. According to the Polish priorities, Mrs Wójcik will take part in two cooperation agreement signing ceremonies namely between CEPOL and Georgia on December 12, and between CEPOL and Montenegro on the 19th of December 2011.

At the end of the handover meeting, CEPOL Deputy Director Detlef Schröder praised the excellent cooperation received from the Polish Presidency, stressing his appreciation of the work and dedication given by Mrs Eliza Wójcik and the team involved in the Presidency activities. Mr Schröder and Mrs Wójcik conveyed wishes of good luck and success in achieving their planned objectives to the incoming Danish Presidency.

The next Presidency Handover Meeting will be held in June 2012 in Cyprus.

The activities related to conducting the Polish Presidency within CEPOL were coordinated by an organisational unit located in the Non-operational Cooperation Department of the International Police Cooperation Bureau at the Polish National Police Headquarters.

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