EUPOL COPPS Celebrates the occasion of commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of CPCC
‘…missions are a unique instrument to address specific sectors in the crisis and conflict situations. What unites all these missions is the same broader objective to generate stability through concrete, pragmatic solutions in selected fields and help peace and stability.’ – EUPOL COPPS Head of Mission Nataliya Apostolova on the occasion of EUPOL COPPS’ commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of CPCC, held on the 31 May in Ramallah. Aside from celebrating 15 years of CPCC, Head of Mission reflected upon the achievements of the current mandate, notably but not limited to the recent hosting of the first PCP Women’s Conference last month; whilst enthusiastically looking ahead to the Mission’s new mandate, which will commence on the 1 July, continuing on our journey side by side with our Palestinian counterparts and international partners. Again, we are turning one page in our shared history which we’ve walked side-by-side for already sixteen years. One mandate ends soon in the end of June, the new one starts on the 1 of July and we are all excited to see what tomorrow will bring to us. Today is time to appreciate our teamwork, take stock of the achieved results. It is a rare opportunity to work together as experts from different background- lawyers, prosecutors, police, media, budget, human resources, reporting and security officials. Looking back at the past year I am gratified by our achievements. The most recent concrete outcome was demonstrated two weeks ago, when the PCP in partnership with EUPOL COPPS hosted the first Palestinian Police Women Conference. This historic event was attended by 224 women police officers, as well as 50 affiliates from other Palestinian security services. The female police officers gave powerful testimonies of their experiences while they were also taking first steps in designing the Palestinian female police network. The conference received lots of visibility in the media and gave us all new inspiration. Last week, our Headquarters in Brussels hosted a conference to commemorate the 15 years of CPCC (European Union Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability). This high level event gathered all “fathers” of the CPCC, present Heads of CSDP missions, HRVP Borrell and many dignities to discuss the shaping of Civilian CSD Policy for the future. Under CPCC, the European Union has launched 23 civilian crisis management missions. At the moment, besides our mission, there are ten other active missions in three continents with ambitious mandates, operating often in challenging environment. These missions are a unique instrument to address some specific sectors in the crisis and conflict situations. What unites all these missions is the same broader objective to generate stability through concrete, pragmatic solutions in selected fields and help peace and stability. For me, the high level event in Brussels would not be complete if we, here in Ramallah, could not continue that remarkable celebration with colleagues and counterparts. During the past months, we have sometimes climbed hills, experienced frustration and success, felt both sorrow and happiness. I wish we will keep our hearts and minds open to one another, as there is still much more we can attain and learn from each other. I believe, we can find strength and motivation in our cooperation. As colleagues and friends, we can contribute to the change and make a difference.
The Head of Mission of EUPOL COPPS, Nataliya Apostolova, attended the 15th Anniversary celebrations of the Civilian Planning Conduct Capability (CPCC)
On 24 May, The Head of Mission of EUPOL COPPS, Nataliya Apostolova, attended the 15th Anniversary celebrations of the Civilian Planning Conduct Capability (CPCC), which is the HQ for all EU civilian missions. The highlight of the celebrations was a high level conference, in the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels, hosted by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union and Vice President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell. Described by the HR/VP as ‘a potent EU instrument to address crisis situations around the world’, the focus of the conference was on a single pressing objective: to ‘shape civilian CSDP for the future’, in line with the goals set out in the Strategic Compass, the guiding document for the future security and defence of Europe. Praising the work of the CSDP Missions and highlighting the vital importance of the human factor in ensuring that the Missions are essential in contributing towards the peace and stability of their respective area of operations, HR/VP Borrell highlighted that each Mission is ‘making a valuable contribution to the EU ‘integrated approach’ and our reputation as a global security actor.’ The CPCC was established in 2007 as the operational headquarters for all EU civilian CSDP missions and was transferred to the European External Action Service (EEAS) in 2010. Under the authority of the Civilian Operation Commander Francisco Esteban Perez, the CCPC provides critical support to the planning and implementation of the 11 CSDP missions working on 3 continents, with a total of around 2000 women and men working side by side with their host-state counterparts. EUCAP Sahel Mali, EUCAP Sahel Niger, EUAM RCA, EUCAP Somalia, EUPOL COPPS (Palestine), EUBAM Rafah (Palestine), EUAM Iraq, European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM), EUAM Ukraine, EUBAM Libya and EULEX Kosovo, European Union Rule of Law Mission. In addition, the EU operates a Regional Advisory and Coordination Cell (RACC) for the Sahel. The missions' mandates cover a wide range of security sector and rule of law activities, with the main objective of promoting stability and strengthening resilience in a fragile environment. The missions are mainly staffed by seconded personnel provided by EU Member States. Without this support, none of these missions would exist.
Palestinian Civil Police Women Conference: Shaping the future of Palestinian Police Women
On May 17th and 18th 2022, The Palestinian Civil Police Service (PCP), in partnership with the European Union Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support, (EUPOL COPPS), the countries of Luxemburg and Finland as well as the United Nations Women (UN Women), launched the first Palestinian Police Women Conference in Ramallah, bringing together over 200 women Palestinian police officers. This historic two-day event marks the first step towards the establishment of a women police officers network in Palestine and will provide a forum to share their experiences in policing, raise awareness, and allow an opportunity to network as well as exchange best practices with Middle Eastern and European counterparts. In turn, these are the first steps towards a sustainable PCP women’s network. Fifty affiliates from other Palestinian security services also participated in the opening ceremony and the workshops of the first day of the conference. A number of dignitaries attended the event, including the United States, European Union, Canada, the United Kingdom , Bangladesh, Jordan and Turkey, in addition to international agencies working in Palestine. “This network will help to make the police force more coherent to respond to the expectations of people and obtain long-lasting sustainable impact. Once you are organized at the domestic level here in Palestine, you can link up and interact with the other police women’s networks in other parts of the world,” said Nataliya Apostolova, Head of EUPOL COPPS Mission. Ms. Jeanne Crauser, Representative of Luxembourg to the Political and Security Committee of the EU said: “As the main donor, Luxembourg is proud to play a part in making this Conference happen. Luxembourg has joined the group of States that pursue a feminist foreign policy with the aim of promoting the equality between women and men and putting an emphasis on human rights and the representation and participation of women at all levels of society”. Ms. Maryse Guimond, the special representatives of UWomen in Palestine, praised the strategic partnership with the Police in the development and implementation of the gender strategy in the police and the police commitment to enhance women involvement in law enforcement work. She reassured UNWomen commitment to continue supporting Palestinian policewomen empowerment including in networking at the regional and international levels. Ms. Maryse highlighted the positive impact of women work in the police on women access to justice in addition to the impact on the police efficiency and credibility. The network will promote a broader engagement of women in the security sector and it will work towards the establishment of robust relationships between the PCP and Palestinian society.
EUPOL COPPS lends more support to Palestinian female lawyers
EUPOL COPPS has taken an additional step in assisting Palestinian female lawyers. To this end, the Mission held a two-day retreat for a group of Female lawyers in Ramallah to discuss ways in which to promote female lawyers in leadership positions of the Palestinian Bar Association and to underline the main challenges they face in their endeavor to achieve that, keeping in mind that the election of the PBA is scheduled to take place next month, in May 2022. During the retreat, a specialized lecturer, Mr. Fathi Marshood , explained to the attendees a plethora of tactics to help them achieve their goals. At the end of the activity, which was held last week, the participants agreed to launch a hashtag on social media to make female participation more visible and to encourage female candidates. The Mission exerts strenuous efforts to empower female lawyers in their profession, as well as increasing their representation both in Court and in the board of the PBA. Whilst there is no female lawyer on the board of the PBA, more than 30% of the Palestinian lawyers are women, and the objective of electing a female lawyer to the board of the PBA remains of utmost importance. “EUPOL COPPS remains committed to supporting female empowerment within the judiciary, encouraging the promotion of gender equality, in order to improve the situation for all Palestinian women,” said Marta Altea Diaz Galindo, The Mission’s senior Criminal Justice Expert.