On March 18 and 19, 2019, President Ricardo Valadas, Secretary General Jesus Lira Calvo and Deputy Secretary General Hans Wengenmeir were in Brussels for a kick-off visit.
To start with, possibilities were discussed with the head of the Hessian representation in Brussels, Friedrich von Heusinger to re-initiate cooperation and establish CESP after years of absence in Brussels
Mr. Von Heusinger as well as the Federal Chairman of the BDK Sebastian Fiedler agreed that the time for a restart is ideal, especially as the EU Parliament is being re-elected. The forecasts assume that around 60 to 70% of new MPs will be sitting in the new parliament.
Accordingly, the Commission as well as the various committees will be reconstituted.
The Hessian representation, as well as the BDK, pledged their support and closer cooperation.
The invitation to the first joint event of the Hessian Representation, BDK and CESP in the evening was attended by around 160 guests from a large number of national associations of the member states and international institutions. The topic “Combating European crime on a European basis” was of course particularly interesting for EU security experts, Europol, Interpol, OLAF and representatives of many countries. A number of press representatives were also there to follow the discussion, with MEP Monika Hohlmeier from Germany calling for the need for uniform security structures in Europe.
The creation of a European Public Prosecutor was also rated as positive, with all those in the discussion agreeing that the responsibilities should be extended to international offenses. Organized crime and cybercrime were the most urgent issues. Everyone complained that EU processes are protracted, yet these initiatives are imperative in the international fight against crime, as all EU citizens can ultimately expect security from the EU and the necessary political decisions!
The final speech by Ricardo Valadas, our President, received much attention after the panel discussion. He drew a brief conclusion from the CESP’s point of view, in which he emphasized that only together in cooperation and in favor of EUROPE, can the challenges of combating crime be tackled, according to the theme of the event “Combating European crime on a European basis”
Following the event, which was perfectly prepared by the Hessian representation, we had plenty of opportunity to exchange opinions and arguments on the sidelines of a standing reception and to make CESP more known.
On Tuesday there was a short-term opportunity for a visit and exchange of views of the CESP representatives with MEP Hohlmeier in the European Parliament.
Ms. Hohlmeier is regarded as a keen security expert in Brussels, which is why she largely shared the views of CESP and Europe’s police forces. She also agreed, and that is particularly positive that she wants to open doors to CESP in the new EU Parliament. The intention is to have regular, periodic discussions with the Commission and also political groups in which current problems of the police and their employees in Europe as well as demands in the area of security and the fight against crime can be repeatedly brought to the bodies of the EU.
Conclusion of the working visit of the CESP leadership in Brussels:
CESP is back – and very motivated for the future!
This post is also available in: Français (French)