European Police College
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|Dr. Ferenc Bánfi|
CEPOL – European Police College is an agency of the European Union that brings together senior police officers across Europe with the aim of encouraging cross-border co-operation in the fight against crime, maintenance of public security and law and order. It was established by Council Decision 2000/820/JHA in 2000, which was modified in 2005 by Council Decision 2005/681/JHA. Its original seat was in Bramshill, Hampshire, England, at Bramshill House, but was relocated to Budapest, Hungary in 2014 following a European Council decision in 2013.
CEPOL has been running training activities since 2001. It organises between 70 and 100 courses, seminars and conferences per year. The implementation of the activities takes place at the national police training institutes of the Member States and the activities cover a wide range of topics.
CEPOL has an annual budget of €8,451 million (2012).
CEPOL is managed by a Director, who has been appointed for a four-year period, ending February 2014.
The Director is accountable to the Governing Board which is made up of representatives from the EU Member States, usually the Directors from the national police training institutes.
The Chair of the Governing Board is a representative of the member state holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The Governing Board normally meets two times a year. The Governing Board can be supported by Working Groups, Project Groups and Sub-groups.
CEPOL has about 30 staff members who carry out the day-to-day work, within two departments; the Learning, Science, Research & Development Department and the Corporate Services Department.
The acronym CEPOL is French and stands for Collège européen de police – European Police College in English.
In 2010 CEPOL was criticised for not meeting EU accounting standards during 2008. The former director Ulf Göransson is currently under investigation. CEPOL's new director, Dr. Ferenc Banfi was appointed in February 2010 and since 2008 the management team has been changed.
- "COUNCIL DECISION 2005/681/JHA of 20 September 2005", Official Journal of the European Union, 1 October 2005 (pdf)
- European Union Document Nos. 2013/0812 (COD), ENFOPOL 395 CODEC 2773 PARLNAT 307
- BBC Website EU police agency Cepol criticised over accounts 7 October 2010
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