Serving the new EU Security Architecture

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25 February 2011

The 15th External Relations Working Group (ERWG) meeting took place in Warsaw, Poland, on 10-11 February 2011 in the presence of the Hungarian CEPOL Presidency and CEPOL’s Director. The Chair of the ERWG had the pleasure of welcoming two newcomers from Cyprus and Croatia, among the 19 participants to the meeting.

The ERWG made concrete and substantial progress on the finalisation of CEPOL’s External Relations Policy Paper, which is meant to respond to the opportunities and challenges for the European dimension of Law Enforcement training offered by the new EU Security Architecture, resulting from the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and the implementation of the Stockholm Programme and its Action plan. With this in mind, the ERWG took note of recent EU Commission communications on Internal Security.

Recognising the important role played by its partner EU Agencies such as Europol, Frontex, Eurojust, the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and others, the Committee on Internal Security (COSI), which CEPOL now regularly attends and the newly established European External Action Service (EEAS) alongside other key EU institutions and Partners as well as the Member States, the ERWG maintains its determination to advise qualitatively on how CEPOL can best serve this new European vision of security.

The ever growing importance of the Internal/External Security Nexus, the implementation of a European Law Enforcement Training Scheme, as well as the need to enhance the professional skills of EU Officers deployed to Civilian Crisis Management Operations are just examples of what CEPOL can contribute to.

The ERWG had the opportunity to discuss priorities for the years 2011 and 2012, which include, continuing the ongoing dialogue with Associated, Candidate and ENP countries as well as International and regional organisations. In particular, the ERWG reiterated the importance of concluding formal Cooperation Agreements with Switzerland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania.

Cooperation with other strategic partners such as China and India was also discussed, with a view to examine the possibility of enhancing CEPOL’s engagement with these important interlocutors, either via formal agreements or in the framework of ad-hoc initiatives and projects financed by the EU. Establishing cooperation with Russia will be looked at in the course of 2011.

Future project opportunities and the involvement of CEPOL in EU Calls for Proposals and other financial assistance instruments were also discussed.

Importantly, the efforts made by CEPOL to better integrating itself within the cluster of EU Justice and Home Affairs were examined, and the positive progress made was noted.

The ERWG’s next meeting will be in Estonia (7-8 July 2011) and Romania (7-8 November 2011).

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European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1066 Budapest
Ó utca 27
Hungary

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European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
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Hungary

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