The European Police College (abbreviated CEPOL from its French name; Collège européen de police) is an agency of the European Union (EU) seated in Budapest that brings together senior European police officers across, encouraging cross-border co-operation in the field of law enforcement. It was established by Council Decision 2000/820/JHA in 2000, which was modified in 2005 by Council Decision 2005/681/JHA. It was originally seated at Bramshill House in Bramshill, Hampshire, England, but was relocated to Budapest, Hungary in 2014 following a European Council decision the previous year.
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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.
It was originally seated at Bramshill House in Bramshill, Hampshire, England, but was relocated to Budapest, Hungary in 2014 following a European Council decision the previous year.
The college has an annual budget of €8,451 million (2012), and 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 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.