The European Police College (Cepol) is a European Union Agency established in 2005. Its mission is to bring together senior police officers from police forces in Europe and form a network for them as well as encouraging cross-border cooperation in the fight against crime, public security and law and order by organising training activities and research findings. It is based in Bramshill, England.
EuroCOP has invited guest speakers from Cepol to speak at its Conferences.
The European Police Office (Europol) has a very different task from EuroCOP, even though its names sound similar. Europol provides investigative support to member states’ police services on cross-border crimes and assists them during national operations. It enables information exchanges between European Union countries, provides expertise and support and works to fight terrorism.
Europol deals with very hands-on fighting crime across the border, whereas EuroCOP represents police unions and staff organisations in Europe and deals with police officers ability to perform their tasks properly, among other things.
Europol is based in The Hague, Netherlands and was established in 1992.
The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) is an agency of the European Union established to provide assistance and expertise as far as human rights matters go. The agency is based in Vienna and was founded in 2007.
Issues it works on touch upon the same issues as those of the Council of Europe (non EU-institution). These are for example: racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and related intolerance.
The European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders (Frontex) was created in 2005. It is the external border security agency of the European Union. It was created to integrate national border security systems of EU member states against all kind of threats that could happen on or through the external border of the EU. Its headquarters are in Warsaw, Poland.
The European Agency for Safety and Health at work (OSHA) was established in 1994 to deal with occupational safety and health issues. Its task is to bring together and share EU’s pool of knowledge and information on safety and health related issues, particularly good prevention practices.
The agency develops, analyses and disseminates information about the above issues through developing a network of websites, running campaigns and publishing materials.
EuroCOP’s Health and Safety Subcommittee is working together with OSHA on its campaign “Healthy workplaces”.
The Agency’s headquarters are located in Bilbao, Spain.