10th  Congress of C.E.S.P. in Kaunas (Lithuania)

The European Council of Police Trade Unions (CESP), an international non-governmental organization of the Council of Europe, representing 300,000 police officers in 13 countries (including 12 members of the European Union) and representing 14 unions, held its Congress in Kaunas (Lithuania) from 26 to 30 September 2018.

The theme of the congress was :

30 years of CESP, of progress and a promising future  

On this occasion, a new Executive Board was elected:

            President:                              Ricardo VALADAS (ASFIC/PJ – Portugal)

            General Secretary:               Jesus LIRA CALVO  (SPP – Spain)

            Treasurer:                              Chantal Pons MESOUAKI  (SCSI – France)

            Deputy General Secretaries:

                                                            Petros ATHANASATOS (POAXIA – Greece)

                                                            Kyriakos CHARALAMBOUS (CPA – Cyprus)

                                                            Massimo DENARIER (SAP – Italy)

                                                            Hans WENGENMEIR (BDK – Germany)

Founded in 1988 in Avila (Spain), the European Council of Police Trade Unions has since 1991 been recognized by the Council of Europe as a non-governmental organization with consultative status and has been a member of the NGO Joint Committee since 1998.

It appeared necessary for the founders of the European Council of Police Trade Unions to bring together various reflections aimed at harmonizing police and judicial structures, within a credible and representative body. In the absence of institutional responses, one of the objectives of the European Council of Police Trade Unions was therefore to be a force of proposal of professionals in the fight against crime in all its forms

The C.E.S.P., independent and deeply committed to the principles of the Declaration of the Human Rights, puts in order protests and constructive action vis-à-vis the European authorities and the national governments. It is particularly committed to the development of genuine police cooperation, free of political considerations. At the same time, the European Council of Police Trade Unions has worked to ensure that freedom of association in the police force is respected in all European countries. Police unionism must be the necessary counter-power.

30 years after its creation, the CESP is a united organization whose main objective is the defense of the rights of thousands of men and women, members of the police, in their respective countries, who testify that this profession is one of the pillars of building a freer, safer and more secure Europe

Our societies are experiencing a constant evolution of large-scale events marked notably by terrorist acts, organized crime and migratory flows. This change affects all European countries and forces the police to adapt to increasingly difficult conditions. The free movement of persons must under no circumstances allow a country to become a sanctuary for criminals of all kinds. Police working conditions, which are difficult and restrictive, need to be improved to ensure a balance between personal and professional requirements.

Psychosocial risks and especially suicide must not be a taboo. To this end, the CESP must be a tool to express the difficulties of all European police officers.

In addition, the police officers must be able to profit from a fully functional and efficient protection which allows them to work under perfect conditions.

The Council of Europe has 47 states. The more that can be integrated into the CESP, the more it can weigh towards European states and bodies. Each member must convince neighboring or friendly countries to join us. This is how the CESP will become stronger.

All the members must commit to demanding from the candidates of EU positions what their programs are regarding the police work conditions, rights and the main problems inside EU borders specifically migrations and information regarding terrorism.

The election of a new executive team, chaired by Ricardo VALADAS, will allow this organization to continue its development and promotion.

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