On 20 February 2015, the meeting of the chiefs of Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, Finnish and Swedish police institutions took place. Such event is the first in the history of regional police cooperation.
Signing of joint documents
Seeking to strengthen cooperation among regional partners from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Sweden, the chiefs of police of the mentioned countries have signed the Guidelines on Regional Police Cooperation and the Action Plan on the Implementation (for the period of 2015-2017).
Consolidation of foundation for regional police cooperation
"The guidelines on strategic cooperation connecting five police institutions from the Baltic and Nordic countries is an excellent realization of the joint work of the regional partners which will be a firm basis for the enhancement and development of mutual relations" - stressed Mr. Linas Pernavas, Lithuanian Police Commissioner General.
The partners have included several joint measures for the coming years in the aforementioned documents. The most substantial measures constitute the evaluation of legal, organizational and operational possibilities to establish a joint rapid response capabilities, organization of the regular meetings of police executives, creation of expert networks, initiation of partnerships between local police units and between police training agencies, strengthening of regional positions within various EU and international formats, cooperation in research and innovations as well as building a common police culture.
Terrorism, management of information and resources, police reforms
The meeting also enabled the police chiefs to discuss relevant topics on internal security. Recent terrorist attacks in Europe inspired discussions on possible responses aiming to mitigate the risk which has eventually spread throughout the EU.
During the event discussions continued on such topics as recent police reforms and innovations being implemented.
Next five-party meeting is planned to take place in 2016 in Latvia.
Co-funded by the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme
of the European Union
European Commission - Directorate-General Home Affairs