The European Police College

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The European Police College

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The European Police College (CEPOL)

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Council Decision 2005/681/JHA of 20 September 2005 establishing the European Police College (CEPOL) and repealing Decision 2000/820/JHA.


CEPOL was initially set up by a Council Decision of 22 December 2000. The report on its first three years of operation revealed several difficulties. In its conclusions of 24 February 2005, the Council called for improvements in the functioning of the European Police College (CEPOL): it was apparent that CEPOL could operate more effectively if it were financed from the general budget and if the Staff Regulations of officials of the European Communities and the Conditions of employment of other servants of the European Communities applied to the staff of CEPOL. This decision establishes a European Police College as the successor to CEPOL, which was set up by Decision 2000/820/JHA. The decision confers on CEPOL the status of an agency financed from the budget of the European Communities. It lays down transitional measures on general legal succession.

Organisation of CEPOL

CEPOL takes the form of a network of national training institutes for senior police officers. It is administered by a Governing Board and a Director. A general secretariat carries out the administrative tasks.

The Governing Board is made up of directors of national training institutes. Each national delegation (consisting of one or more directors of national training institutes) has one vote on the Governing Board. Representatives of the General Secretariat of the Council, the Commission and Europol may take part in meetings of the Governing Board as non-voting observers.

The Governing Board shall act by a two-thirds majority of its members, except as regards the draft budget to be submitted to the Commission, which requires unanimity. It adopts programmes, training modules, common learning methods and the CEPOL annual report. It also adopts the decision appointing the Director.

The Director is appointed by the Governing Body from a list of at least three candidates. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of CEPOL. He also implements the budget, maintains contact with the relevant services in the Member States and coordinates implementation of the work programme. He is subject to the Staff Regulations of officials of the European Communities and the Conditions of employment of other servants of the European Communities.

The Secretariat assists CEPOL with administrative tasks and with implementing the annual programme. The staff of the Secretariat is subject to the Staff Regulations of officials of the European Communities and the Conditions of employment of other servants of the European Communities.

CEPOL enjoys legal and contractual capacity. The Director of CEPOL is its legal representative. The seat of CEPOL is in Bramshill, United Kingdom.

Financing CEPOL from the EU budget

CEPOL is financed by the Community budget. The expenditure financed from the Community budget includes staff, administrative, infrastructure and operational expenses. By 31 March each year at the latest, the Governing Board adopts the draft budgetary estimate and forwards it to the Commission and to the budgetary authority (the European Parliament and the Council) together with the preliminary draft budget of the European Union. The budgetary authority decides on the final CEPOL budget.

Regulation (EC) No 1073/1999 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 May 1999 concerning investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) applies without restriction to CEPOL. CEPOL abides by other provisions on the fight against fraud such as interinstitutional agreements in the area.

This Decision applies from 1 January 2006. Every five years from that date, the Governing Board shall commission an independent external evaluation of the implementation of this Decision.


Act Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Council Decision 2005/681/JAI


OJ 256 of 1.10.2005

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