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By funding our police training programme the European Commission recognizes and underlines the importance of a further harmonization of ‘policing abroad skills’ between EU police officers and gendarmes. The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (gendarmerie) – part of the Dutch Ministry of Defence as one of the armed forces – is very proud to have been granted to chair the EUPST consortium responsible for executing this ambitious training programme.
16 police services from 13 countries in the consortium have taken up responsibility to actively support the EU policy to strengthen the Union’s police mission capabilities. By organizing up to 22 training sessions, comprehensive live exercises and workshop / academic conferences, the programme enhances the interoperability amongst EU police officers and gendarmes involved in international police missions abroad. The consortium invites other EU police services and police services from partner countries to enable their personnel to take part in the different activities.

The EUPST training sessions are organized in 2015 – 2018 by the consortium members. These are based on best practises within the participating police services and common European police standards. Besides all police services bring in a variety of actual mission experiences. Also cross cutting issues like human rights and gender balance, are a continuous part of the actual trainings. Paramount in the activities are to train in practice how police missions are executed together. In order to enhance sustainability the evaluated outcomes of the programme are to be used as terms of reference for (future) national mission preparation programmes in the member states or third countries.

By that EUPST contributes to strengthen the consistency of EU police capabilities and makes them more effective during police missions or crisis management operations in areas where our international (police) community is requested to support a re-establishment of the rule of law.

The running EU programme ‘Europe’s New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management’ (ENTRi) is closely associated with EUPST to – again – safeguard EU consistency within the preparation of civilian and police staff for international missions.

Based on my experiences in EUPST I, I am convinced EUPST II will succeed in bringing our EU police colleagues closer together, either in the police training institutions or in mission theatres. Moreover I noticed all our consortium members are enthusiastic and dedicated to the programme. They are eager and ready to do their parts in the programme.

The EUPST Programme Office staff is also fully dedicated to make it work and if you might have any questions on the programme, do not hesitate to contact them.

Frans van Veenendaal EMSD
Colonel Royal Netherlands Marechaussee and Chairman EUPST Consortium