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CEPOL Management Board meets by videoconference

The Management Board of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) held its seventh virtual meeting today.

As the meeting took place in the context of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Minister of the Interior, Aleš Hojs, gave a short opening address, in which he said that he supported CEPOL’s mission to make Europe safer, including through the provision of additional law enforcement training. "Over the long term, learning ensures highly motivated police officers, which is very important in these difficult times. As the training of law enforcement officers is a shared responsibility of all member states and the competent institutions of the European Union, we are pleased that the Agency acts as a bridge and ensures the transfer of skills, knowledge and competences to successfully tackle all security challenges."

The meeting was chaired by José Leitão, the Management Board’s chair, and attended by representatives of almost all EU member states, representatives of the Agency, including the Executive Director of the Agency, Detlef Schröder, and representatives of the European Commission. Slovenia was represented by the Deputy Director General of the Police, Danijel Žibret, and Egidij Glavič and Aleksander Mali from the Police Academy.

The meeting also featured a presentation of the preliminary results of the Agency's five-year evaluation for the period 2017-2021 and CEPOL 2022-2024 work programme, as well as the strategic and operational analysis to identify law enforcement training needs. Participants took note of the election of the new Management Board’s chair and deputy chair, Philippe Durand from France and Jan Pechacek from the Czech Republic, who will be in charge of this area during the next 18-month Presidency of the Council of the EU, which will be assumed by the trio of France, the Czech Republic and Sweden at the end of the Slovenian Presidency.