Monday, April 14, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (April 14,2008) - The European Union Police Mission (EUPM) in Bosnia welcomed the political agreement on police reform laws reached by the Bosnian Parliament's House of Representatives.

“After a long period of political discussions, the political leaders of Bosnia have yesterday launched the first phase of what will be a process aimed at improving the capability of the country to strengthen security of its society and its citizens. As a final result, Bosnia will have a police structure fully capable to respond to all the security needs,” said Head of the EU Police Mission Brigadier General Vincenzo Coppola.

The EU Police Mission will continue with the strong focus on the issue of police coordination.

“We expect the newly created Directorate for Coordination to set the framework for better future coordination between all police agencies, which has until now been unregulated and based on individual cases of co-operation. As all professionals know, strong coordination is of the key importance for the successful fight against organised crime,” General Coppola added.

“A lot of work remains to be done. We will continue to support the police reform process by offering technical and professional expertise” General Coppola concluded.

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