European police chiefs discussed significant law enforcement issues

13 September 2013, Last updated at, 14:41 EET
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On 11-12 September 2013, an annual meeting of the chiefs of EU and third countries law enforcement institutions – the European Police Chiefs Convention (hereinafter EPCC), which was organized by the Lithuanian Police, took place in The Hague (the Netherlands).

“We are obliged to defend, protect and help our citizens. We have to search for the best suitable ways to protect our people. Thus, we all have to be united, despite the fact, that we are all different”, commented the chief of the Lithuanian Police Saulius Skvernelis. “Lithuania, being responsible for the Presidency of the Council of the EU, is also urging other Member States and institutions to get united and create credible, growing and open, and consequently, safe Europe”.

The following issues were discussed at the EPCC this year: the influence of scientific researches and industry on the implementation of modern technology in the field of ensuring safety, the benefit of international cooperation and peculiarities of implementation of witness protection and informant handling, police leadership and data protection.

In order to make the work of the police chiefs who have gathered to take part at the annual Convention in the Europol headquarters more efficient, it had been decided to organize special expert groups. Four expert working groups, which had been compiled for this purpose, analyzed the aforementioned issues in terms of legal regulation, current practice in the Member States, financial aspects and problematic questions. Moreover, they prepared the conclusions, which were brought to the discussions by the leaders of the delegations.

Bilateral meetings, which had been conferred in advance by all the delegations, were another important part of the EPCC. Lithuanian Police delegation met with the Norwegian, Finnish and Polish police chiefs, European Police College (CEPOL) director, as well as their German counterparts.

EPCC was one of the most important Lithuanian Presidency events in the field of law enforcement. The highest level executives of law enforcement institutions participated in the meeting, as well as 300 participants from different EU Member States, European Commission, European Parliament, diverse EU agencies and international organizations. Representatives of Europol’s partners from the third countries (the USA, Canada, Russia, etc.) also participated in the event. Representatives of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania and Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU also joined the chiefs of the Lithuanian Police to take part in the meeting.
 

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