On 14-15 May 2018, Bulgaria hosted for the first time a Management Board meeting of the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL), as part of the calendar of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The delegates from the EU Member States, the European Commission, the CEPOL Headquarters and the Agency’s Internal Audit Panel reviewed the current state of play and approved the Annual Activity Report for 2017, as well as the 2019 Programming Document related to improving the skills of law enforcement officers and sharing knowledge and best practices.
“CEPOL is the centre of European law enforcement training and learning, focusing on innovation and quality. We highly appreciate its activities, designed to meet the needs of the Member States in the internal security priority areas stemming from the EU Policy Cycle on Serious and Organised Crime,” said in his welcome address the Deputy Minister of Interior, Mr. Krasimir Tsipov. Highlighting the strong emphasis that the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior puts on the proper education and training of its officers, he pointed out that the Academy of the Ministry has developed a sustainable partnership with CEPOL.
The participants discussed also corporate matters concerning the CEPOL’s capacity building projects and long-term strategy from 2020 on. They took note of the Agency’s Progress report and adopted decisions related to the future activities in providing frontline training on security priorities.
Dedicated to develop, implement and coordinate trainings, CEPOL is an EU agency that brings together a network of training institutes for Member States’ law enforcement officials. It also works with EU bodies, international organisations, and third countries to ensure that the most serious security threats are tackled with a collective response. The agency’s current portfolio encompasses residential activities, online learning (i.e. webinars, online modules, online courses, etc.), exchange programmes, common curricula, research and science.