Athens, 18 May 2023
From the 9th to the 12th of May 2023, the Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) organized the onsite training activity titled "Investigating and Preventing Corruption" (ref. 84/2023). Held at the prestigious Grand Hotel Palace in Thessaloniki, Greece, the course focused on enhancing law enforcement capacity in the relentless fight against corruption.
Forty participants from various Member States engaged in practical exercises and scenarios facilitated by experts and trainers who shared insights about integrity assessment practices, anti-corruption strategies, investigative techniques, asset recovery, information exchange and international cooperation.
Trainers/experts from OLAF, EPPO, Europol, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, the UK National Crime Agency, the Center for the Study of Democracy in Bulgaria, the Copenhagen Business School and Greek prosecuting and judicial authorities in Thessaloniki collaborated to provide a training course the primary objective of which was to promote the exchange of knowledge and effective anti-corruption measures among law enforcement professionals. Participants gained a comprehensive understanding of various aspects related to corruption including detection of its forms and employment of international tools for prevention, investigation, and prosecution.
The training activity proved to be an excellent platform for networking, collaboration, and sharing of experiences, allowing participants to develop new skills and strategies for combating corruption in their respective jurisdictions.
KEMEA is proud to have organized this training activity under the auspices of CEPOL and in cooperation with the European Judicial Training Network. The event was successful and demonstrated the commitment of these organizations to strengthen law enforcement agencies, prosecuting and judicial authorities’ capacity in Europe against corruption.
CEPOL – the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training brings together law enforcement officials across Europe with the aim to encourage cross-border cooperation in the fight against serious and organised crime and maintenance of public security and law and order. Established as an agency of the European Union (EU) in 2006, CEPOL organises between 80-100 residential activities per year, besides the online courses and the webinars. The implementation of the residential activities takes place at the institutions of the Member States and the activities cover a wide range of topics. For more information about CEPOL, visit www.cepol.europa.eu .
The Center for Security Studies (Kentro Meleton Asfaleias – KEMEA), founded in 2005, is a scientific, consulting and research organization overseen by the Minister of Citizen Protection, governed by common law, and annually audited by chartered accountants. Its principal purpose is to conduct theoretical and applied research and studies, particularly at the strategic level, on security topics and policies, while being the think-tank of the Ministry of Citizen Protection on numerous policies such as public order, correctional services, terrorism prevention, crime prevention, integrated border management and civil protection as well as on various other security and societal issues; it also provides advisory and consulting risk-management services to an array of public and private organizations. KEMEA is a Framework Partner of CEPOL since 2016 and has been selected by CEPOL to organise four onsite training activities this year on various crime areas (hate crime, pan-European football security, anti-corruption, train-the-trainers step 2).
The European Judicial Training Network (EJTN) promotes cooperation and mutual learning among judicial training institutions in Europe, by fostering the exchange of knowledge and best practices, and by promoting the development of a European judiciary that operates efficiently and effectively in the interest of justice.
Conclusions [“Investigating and Preventing Corruption” (Ref. 84/2023)]