Swedish Presidency - Epilogue

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17 December 2009

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Swedish Presidency of the European Union is approaching an end and there is time for some reflections. We have just handed over the Chairman’s gavel and outstanding issues to the incoming Spanish Presidency. When I look back and try to summarise the past six months, there are a few things striking my mind.

First of all, in the capacity of Chair of the CEPOL Governing Board, there has been a great pleasure to work together with you. I would like to seize the opportunity to express my appreciation for all the good efforts all of you have invested in CEPOL, and in particular the very good cooperation we have had with the incoming Presidencies of Spain and Belgium as well as with the Director and the Secretariat. It is my firm belief that CEPOL will be in good hands during 2010.

So, what did we achieve? When I use the word we, I don’t refer to Swedish Presidency as such but to all of us

  • We initiated the selection process of a new CEPOL Director and he will be in place as of 1 February 2010. Congratulations Dr. Banfi!
  • We have approved Terms of Reference for the five year evaluation of CEPOL to be published in the Official Journal of the European Union in order to commence the tendering process.
  • We have started the process to develop a CEPOL Strategy.
  • We have enhanced the utilisation of the CEPOL website as a main tool of communication.
  • We have a policy paper in place pertaining to the utilisation of the Document Management System.
  • We have initiated a practice where the Presidency chair network conferences, which we believe is important to recognise the good work and ambitions of our NCPs, Research and Science Correspondents, National Common Curricula Coordinators, National e-Net Managers and Exchange Programme Coordinators.
  • We have initiated the disbandment of groups in the structure which have finalised their tasks.
  • The first Research & Science Bulletin has been published.
  • The book on Police Science has been published.
  • We have continued the practice of CEPOL performance in international fora, e.g. the Stockholm Criminology Symposium.
  • We have tried to develop the procedures during Government Board meetings by introducing A, B and C-points, even though the result has not been conspicuous.

With pleasure I can conclude that the Heads of Units picked up their duties during the Swedish Presidency.

Finally, I would like to show my gratitude to Ulf Göransson and Brenda Scott, who will retire early 2010, for their hard work and efforts within CEPOL during many years.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Espana, buena suerte! Recuerdos,

Ebba Sverne Arvill

Chair of the Governing Board



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