Proposal to Extend CEPOL/Agis Exchange Programme Submitted to Commission

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03 April 2008

CEPOL has submitted a proposal to the European Commission to extend the current Exchange Programme. The proposal follows discussions at the last Governing Board meeting and if approved, will run for a three-year period from the beginning of 2009.

The proposal builds on the current programme, although some changes have been incorporated. The proposal aims to strengthen the role of the member states, enhance the involvement of the National Exchange Coordinators and bring the programme closer to all other CEPOL activities. In addition, annual meetings of the National Exchange Coordinators are planned as a new activity.

As with CEPOL’s other activities, the travel costs will be covered by the sending countries. All other costs are proposed to be covered by the Commission. The proposal will also allow countries to include one or more participants (researchers or students) in the second year and two more in the third year.

The exchange programme will also be open to Associate and Candidate countries and it is envisaged that up to 300 Exchangees and 300 Tutors could benefit from taking part over the three-year period.

The proposal was submitted to the European Commission under the framework programme ‘Prevention of and Fight against Crime’ (Directorate-General Justice, Freedom and Security).

Ulf Göransson, CEPOL Director, said: “The proposal submitted is based on the draft programme previously discussed by the CEPOL/Agis Exchange Programme Reference Group and takes into consideration the suggestions of the Governing Board and the core objectives in the Council Decision establishing CEPOL. When approved, we will have the potential to increase the number of people taking part and reach a wider audience than before.

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