Police Cooperation - Eastern Partnership Countries

Ongoing

The program includes four series of activities aimed at transfer of knowledge, standards and good practices from the EU to the countries of the Eastern Partnership in the fight against organized crime. The project is financed by the European Commission also aims to strengthen law enforcement cooperation between the EU and Eastern European Partnership, as well as support cooperation within the Eastern European Partnership countries themselves.

On 30.12.2013., The European Commission signed an agreement with the Foundation Cooperation Fund, as leader of the consortium, the contract for the project "Police cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries".

The consortium consists of internal security institutions Polish, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland and Lithuania.
The project is financed from the program for the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument and its beneficiaries are the Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The main objective of the project is to increase cooperation in the fight against organized cross-border crime between the police forces of the Eastern Partnership countries and the countries of the European Union and cooperation of relevant services within the Eastern Partnership.

 

Additional Information

The project implementation period is 48 months.
The project is run in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs as a key partner.
The project is implemented by the Office of International Cooperation FFW.
The project value is approx. 5 000 000
Source of funding: The ENPI (European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument).

Program Log

2014.11
2015.03
2015.04
2015.05
2015.06
2015.07
2015.08
2015.09
2015.10
2015.11
2015.12
2016.01
2016.02
2016.03
2016.04
2016.05
2016.06
2016.07
2016.08
2016.09
2016.10
2016.11
2016.12
2016.11

8-10.11.2016 - Lithuania/Georgia – Activity 5.2 Seminar on combating drugs trafficking, Tbilisi

The three-days seminar focused on the EU drug control strategy and Action Plan, intelligence led policing and the national drug control system. The STEs presented the issues of synthetic drugs production, new tendencies of drugs trafficking as well as the covert operations based on drug related case studies. The tactics and methods of drugs related investigation, new psychoactive substances and the EU Early Warning System were discussed. 

14 - 18.11.2016 - Poland/Armenia – Activity 2.3 Forensic – training forensic experts, Yerevan

The four-days seminar focused on DNA administration and database in Poland, new technologies in forensic DNA analysis and techniques for visualisation and preservation of finger-marks applied in a laboratory. The STEs presented in details the international exchange of DNA data and the DNA profiling issues as well as the forensic analysis of bloodstains. The laboratory equipment as well as the validation and visualization   techniques were discussed.

21 - 25.2016 - Lithuania/Georgia – Activity 1.4 Study visit on strategic management, Vilnius

The five-days study visit focused on the human resource management system within the Lithuanian Police and general information on GEO police system and the HR policy and management principles. The participants learned about and saw the Lithuanian Forensic Science Centre. Then the system, the on-going reform and the HR policy of the Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau were disused. The Vilnius Police HQ and the Lithuanian Road Police Service structures and management was discussed.
 

The Lithuanian Border Guard School, the Criminal Intelligence Training Centre of the Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau and the Mykolas Romeris University Faculty of Public Security were presented. The participants had a chance to have a short tour at the premises. The training ended with the overall evaluation of HR and management strategies within the Lithuanian police, the comparison with Georgian police systems and discussion on positive solutions and possibilities to implement them in Georgian system.

21 - 22.2016 - Germany/Com2 – Com2 Cybercrime seminar, Frankfurt

The two-days seminar focused on cybercrime as an international phenomenon, its legal backgrounds and definitions. The STEs explained fighting on cybercrime both from the international and national perspective; introduced to the participants the Cybercrime Competence Centre of Saxony-Anhalt. Discussion was followed by the participants opportunity to present situation in each country.

22 - 25.11.2016 - Poland/Moldova – Activity 4.1 Operational meeting on economic crime, Chisinau

The three-days seminar focused on fighting economic crime, new technologies in economic crime and case studies. Tactics and methods of economic crime investigation as well as the new types of crimes were discussed. The STEs focused on cooperation with Europol and privet sector as well as on the concrete case studies.

24 - 25.11.2016 - Germany/Com2 – Com2 Police management seminar, Frankfurt

The two-days seminar focused on management standards and work on elaboration of questionnaire on management standards in all participating countries. Then the STEs talked about staff, delegation of work and trust, conflicts solving, ethics and anticorruption. Discussion was followed by the participants opportunity to present situation in each country.

29 - 30.11.2016 - Poland/COM2 – COM2 Databases and the Forensic science - dissemination conference, Warsaw

The two-days dissemination conference focused on beneficiaries achievements in COM2. Current state of play in development of DNA and AFIS database and management of forensic laboratories as well as the proposed improvement actions. The event is ending the whole COM2 Databases and Forensic science activity. 

29.11 - 2.12.2016 (started – not completed) - Poland/Armenia – Activity 8.1 (8.3) Fighting against cybercrime, Yerevan

The four-days training will focused on presenting methods on fighting against cybercrime. The STEs are presenting the problem of child exploitation on internet and methods of fighting cyber-attacks. The ATM fraud trends, the THB in internet, tactics and methods of cybercrime investigation, cooperation with Europol, as well as the new modus operandi and the case studies of cybercrime will be discussed. 

The Program

The main goal of the Program is to support the law enforcement institutions of Eastern Partnership countries in practical aspects of fighting organised, cross-border crime as well as closer cooperation with EU countries law enforcement institutions thus contributing to the whole cooperation in the region. The results planned to be achieved in are to increase networking among EU and Eastern Partnership countries’ police authorities, and between EaP countries themselves.

 

Actions

Poland together with the Consortium Partners would like to achieve this goal by a series of activities in the form of study tours and exchange programmes; advanced training as well as advanced/on the spot training and operational meetings for joint investigations related to fighting cross-border crime. This will allow the law enforcement of the beneficiary countries to enlarge its knowledge, increase competences and practical skills in fighting organized crime.

The knowledge and experience sharing is not only one way street, what constitutes one of the biggest values of this Program. The Consortium experts, supported by EU institutions like Europol obtain valuable information from the beneficiaries about the problems, difficulties and successes they have with fighting cross border crime and building modern and effective law enforcement.

Within the framework of the Program each of the EaP country creates a partnership with a consortium member, i.e. Ukraine formed a strategic partnership with the French Ministry of   Interior, Georgia with Lithuanian Ministry of Interior and Azerbaijan with the German Ministry of Interior. Finally both Armenia and Moldova concluded a strategic partnership with Polish Ministry of Interior. These partnerships are formalised in a Memorandum of Understanding.

Once the partnership is created, each of the EaP country formulated their needs and areas of interest during the series of inception visits. The consortium members also agreed between themselves what areas of competences they will share with EaP countries as they would meet best their particular knowledge and experience.

As a result of these actions an Action Plan is drafted taking tailored to transfer the relevant experience between the European Union and the law enforcement authorities of EaP countries in the form of study tours and exchange programmes; advanced training as well as advanced/on the spot training and operational meetings for joint investigations, with particular attention given to practical actions.

The Action Plans are divided into following main groups:

  • Fighting organised crime
  • Fighting trafficking in human beings
  • Combating drug trafficking
  • Combating economic crime – money laundering
  • Fighting terrorism and cyber crime
  • EU Fund Management
  • HR management in law enforcement
  • Forensic and data bases
  • Data protection

Each of these areas are divided into actions, with the calendar, number of participants and STEs, and detailed description of the results to be achieved.

Once a year all the stakeholders meet at the Steering Committee in order to evaluate the Programme. First Steering Committee was held in Warsaw on 16 October 2014

Bilateral component

The most important thematic areas of the Program are as follows:

  • Fighting organised crime in particular of crossborder character – in this thematic area the wide range of trainings, exercises and practical operational activities have been planned dealing with methods of fighting crossborder crime, new investigation techniques, mutual legal assistance, joint investigation teams, international investigations, investigative tactics and technics.
  • Fighting trafficking in human beings – in this bloc of subject the focus is on special investigative techniques; labour and sexual exploitation of women and children.
  • Combating drug trafficking – covers wide range of activities, starting form investigative techniques and operational activities, practical operations, controlled delivery, forensic, synthetic drugs, fighting illegal drugs, and control of legal drugs and precursors market.
  • Combating economic crime – covers countering financial crimes, money laundering and corruption; VAT frauds, cards frauds, bank system abuse, installation and development of integrated databases for money transfer intelligence collection, assets recovery, analysis and requirements for data exchange, with particular attention given to new investigation techniques and technologies, anticorruption procedures.
  • Data protection – covers trainings on legal and organizational aspects of data protection, especially in the law enforcement activities, system of gathering, storage, monitoring and supervision of personal data, responsibility for revealing and protection of sensitive data.
  • Fighting terrorism and cybercrime – covers new investigative techniques, chain of evidence, web side monitoring and cooperation on that subject with Europol, cyberattacks, internet frauds, child pornography in internet.
  • Forensic and data bases and new technologies – covers wide range of activities present in all Action Plans, different forensic examinations, drug profiling, DNA profiling, phonoscopy, ballistics, as well as the methods of trainings for forensic practitioners.
  • HR management in law enforcement – covers efficient and modern human recourses in law enforcement, ethics, psychology, communication, new methods of recruitment and trainings in Police forces.
  • EU Fund Management – covers topics concerning legal and procedural aspects of effective applying and use of EU funds, building administrative structures, efficient management and financial settlings.

Multilateral component

The Component 2 of the Eastern Police Cooperation Programme has multilateral character. All the beneficiary states will take part in a cycle of nine target oriented projects, related to combating specific type of cross-border crime or to assisting in police management issues. The results to be achieved in the Component 2 are to increase networking among EU and Eastern Partnership countries’ police authorities through working out a concrete changes into procedures and legal system of the beneficiaries’ law enforcement.

The first set concerning Practical aspects of combating serious transnational / cross border crime will comprise the following topics:

  • Fighting trafficking in human beings
  • Combating drug trafficking
  • Combating economic crime – money laundering
  • Combating counterfeit goods
  • Fighting terrorism
  • Fighting cyber crime

The second set of project related to Management of law enforcement institutions will cover the following subjects:

  • Police management – management standards
  • Professional ethics / combating corruption
  • Forensic/ data bases

People within this project

Tadeusz Kozek

Chairman of the Board
Director of the Bureau

Izabella Nowakowska

Member of the Board
Director of the Bureau

Krystyna Bidwell - Porębska

Dział Jednostka Finansująco - Kontraktująca

Beata Czeczótka

International Cooperation Bureau

Elżbieta Potrzebowska

Dział Jednostka Finansująco - Kontraktująca

Adam Palczewski

Dział Jednostka Finansująco - Kontraktująca