The EU Police Mission in Palestine inaugurates its new headquarters in Ramallah

Today, the EU Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS) – the EU Police Mission in Palestine – inaugurated its new Mission Headquarters. The new headquarters is located over two floors in the Abraj Building in Ramallah, in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The Mission, which began its operations in Palestine on 1 January 2006, was previously located in two separate buildings in Ramallah, in a location close to its new headquarters.

“This new headquarters finally reunites all our sections under one roof and reinforces our ‘one mission, one team approach’. The premises here offer better working conditions for the Mission Members and much improved workshop and training facilities. We have been given an efficient tool to do an even better job and accomplish additional tasks. This is something we will all appreciate in our daily work”, said the Head of Mission, Kauko Aaltomaa.

“The move will also underline the commitment of the European Union to its continued presence in the West Bank and as a vow to remain a steadfast partner to the Palestinian Police and Criminal Justice Institutions, to continue our support to Law Enforcement and Rule of Law and to carry forward our friendship with the Palestinian People”, stated Mr. Aaltomaa.

Background
101 Mission Members are working in the new headquarters with one additional Mission Member serving in a support capacity in Brussels. The Mission’s staff is comprised by 58 International Mission Members representing 20 EU Member States and Canada and 44 national (Palestinian) Mission Members. 29% of Mission Members are women.

EUPOL COPPS supports the Palestinian Authority in the establishment of sustainable and effective Policing Arrangements in Palestine and advises on Criminal Justice and Rule of Law related aspects under Palestinian ownership, in accordance with the best international standards. Top

Photo No.1: In his address to the guests at the inauguration ceremony, the Head of Mission, Mr Kauko Aaltomaa, underlined the commitment of the Mission to remain a steadfast partner to the Palestinian Police and Criminal Justice Institutions.
Photo No. 2: The new EUPOL COPPS headquarters is located over two floors in the 16-story Abraj Building in Ramallah, in a location close to its previous headquarters.
Photo No. 3: The Civilian Operations Commander for all EU civilian Common Security Defence Policy (CSDP) Missions and Director of the EU Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability, Mr Kenneth Deane attended the inauguration ceremony. Between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2014, Mr Deane held the position as Head of Mission for EUPOL COPPS.
Photo No. 4: The inauguration ceremony was well attended by several high-ranking Palestinian officials, such as the Head of the Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission, Commissioner Rafeeq Al-Natsheh, and many of the Mission’s counterparts from the Palestinian Police and Criminal Justice Institutions. Also representatives from the diplomatic community in Ramallah and Jerusalem attended.
Photo No. 5: Many guests at the inauguration ceremony took the opportunity to take a guided tour through the offices of the Missions new headquarters in the Abraj Building in Ramallah.