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
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28.02-1.03.2017 Poland/Moldova - Activity 6.3 Operational meeting to prepare controlled delivery, Chisinau, MD

A two-day operational meeting was to prepare the controlled delivery operation. The STEs together with the operational officers from the Moldavian side planned the future controlled delivery operation, discussed the rules of international operational cooperation, differences in law procedures and typical problems and obstacles in controlled delivery operations. Both sides need to agree on details of activity 6.4 preliminarily planned for April 2017.

8-9.02.2017 COM2_Terrorism_tutoring,Vilnius, LT

A two-day tutoring visit was devoted to build the knowledge, skills and best practices needed to meet the current challenges in the field of combating terrorism. The workshop was focused on the following aspects of counter-terrorism policy: legal framework, main target areas, radicalisation process, typology of perpetrators,  explosions – response, examination, investigation, national response and the international cooperation. The tutoring was designed in a form of a workshop allowing all participants to think over changes in the legal systems and procedures that can be then introduced in their respective countries. Apart from the tutoring sessions the participants from six countries paid a visit to the Foreigner’s Registration Centre of the Lithuanian State Border Guard Service and the Antiterrorist Operations Unit  “ARAS”, which is a part of the Lithuanian Police.

 

6-9.02.2017 Poland/Armenia – Activity 4.2 Study visit to Warsaw on police ethics and fighting corruption, Warsaw,PL

The four-day seminar was the closing event of chapter 4 of the AM Action Plan dedicated to police ethics and fighting corruption. The training focused on the internal control system in the Police, police cooperation with society and police communication channels with the public. The STEs worked with the participants in workshop on crisis management and quality control assurance. The Armenian police officers visited also the Police School in Legionowo in order to learn about the training system in Poland where they participated in the lectures together with the Polish police students.

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

International Cooperation Bureau

Beata Czeczótka

Eastern Partnership Police Coordination Unit
International Cooperation Bureau

Elżbieta Potrzebowska

Eastern Partnership Police Coordination Unit
International Cooperation Bureau

Adam Palczewski

International Cooperation Bureau

Waldemar Krawczyk

Team Leader in Eastern Partnership Police Coordination Unit
International Cooperation Bureau

 

Tadeusz Owczarski

Eastern Partnership Police Coordination Unit
International Cooperation Bureau

Krystyna Tabor

International Cooperation Bureau

Natalia Bednarczyk - Jama

Eastern Partnership Police Coordination Unit
International Cooperation Bureau

Renata Rozwadowska - Kozioł

International Cooperation Bureau