"We continue to promote crime prevention knowledge and practices among the EU Member States."





EUCPN is the European Crime Prevention Network. The Network aims to connect local, national and European level and to promote crime prevention knowledge and practices among the EU Member States.

Our goals
  • To be a point of reference for the target groups of the Network
  • To disseminate qualitative knowledge on crime prevention
  • To support crime prevention activities at national and local level
  • To contribute to the EU policy and strategy of crime prevention and to take part in various aspects of crime prevention with respect to the strategic priorities of the EU


Our target groups
  • Practitioners and policymakers at local level
  • Practitioners and policymakers at national level
  • Relevant EU and international agencies, organisations, working groups, etc.



The EUCPN currently relies on the following funding sources:

  • Member States who fund projects of interest to the Network
  • EU financial programmes managed by the Commission (ISF Internal Security Fund - Police, Hercule III Programme 2014 – 2020, Daphne, Horizon 2020 etc.)

Regarding the EUCPN Secretariat: The Secretariat has been fully operational since 2011 and is a project supported by the Internal Security Fund (ISF) through the award of an action grant. Since the EUCPN has agreed to a better alignment with EU priorities, the ISF aims at improving the work of the EUCPN by reinforcing the Secretariat.


Organisational structure

The EUCPN is headed by a Board of National Representatives, which consists of a Chair, an Executive Committee and the National Representatives. The network is supported by a Secretariat and National Contact Points.

Each Member State can decide on one National Representative and one Substitute which they send to the meetings of the Network. The Board of National Representatives and their Substitutes is comprised of the voting members of the Network. They are responsible for the approval of the Network’s strategic approach, the realisation of the EUCPN Work Programme and the adoption of the Annual Report of the Network’s activities. They meet at least twice a year. The Chair rotates every six months according to the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (see the order of rotation here) and is a Member from within the board itself. Together with the Chair, the Executive Committee prepares the strategy and decisions of the Network for approval by the Board. 6 Member States are represented in the Executive Committee: 2 National Representatives, selected by the Board for 18 months, and the National Representatives from the last, current and the next 2 Presidencies of the Council of the European Union. In addition, a representative of the European Commission is attending the Executive Committee and the Board Meetings as an observer.
The EUCPN Secretariat is based in Brussels. The task of the Secretariat is to provide general administrative, technical and analytical support to the Network and to represent the Network externally. It acts as a focal point for communication with the Network Members, identifies ongoing research activities in the field of crime prevention and other related information that would be of use to the Network. The Secretariat hosts the website and is also responsible for delivering systematic output on crime prevention (newsletters, toolboxes, recommendation papers, …). Through the Secretariat, the Network is collaborating with academic researchers and experts in the field bringing together scientific research, policymaking and (local) practice.


The Chair

Anu Leps

EUCPN Chair until 31 December 2017

Ministry of Justice of Estonia
Phone: +372 620 8117
GSM: +372 51 35 955
E-mail for EUCPN matters: ee17eucpn@just.ee
More information on the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Estonia aims to focus on the reduction and prevention of cybercrimes in the communities, which is in line with EU Policy Cycle priorities to combat cybercrimes committed by organized crime groups and generating large criminal profits.
The Estonian Presidency has the honour to organize exchange of crime prevention best practices around the EU under the auspice of European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA). ECPA has been since the start of the EUCPN one of the essential events and in 2017, it reaches the important milestone of the 20th anniversary.
The call for ECPA projects of the member states on the theme of Cyber Safety will be announced in July 2017 and the date for submitting the project applications will be in October 2017.
The ongoing EU Trio Presidency of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria will continue implementation of the conclusions and recommendations of the Evaluation report of the EUCPN and the Multi Annual Strategy 2016–2020. Trio will focus on improving the safety in communities, which are targeted by organized crime among other volume crimes.
Estonian presidency intends to focus on improving functionality and visibility of EUCPN and its cooperation with stakeholders.
Estonian Presidency events for the European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN)
  • 14 November 2017, EUCPN Executive Committee first meeting, Chancellor of Justice Office (Kohtu 8, Tallinn)
  • 15-16 November 2017, European Crime Prevention Awards (ECPA) Jury meeting, Ministry of Interior (Pikk 61, Tallinn)
  • 12 December 2017, EUCPN Executive Committee second meeting, Ministry of Justice (Suur-Ameerika 1, Tallinn)
  • 13 December 2017, EUCPN Board meeting, Ministry of Justice (Suur-Ameerika 1, Tallinn)
  • 13 December 2017, Public lecture related to Best Practice Conference (BPC), Balti Film and Media School (Narva mnt 27, Tallinn)
  • 14-15 December 2017, Best Practice Conference (BPC), KUMU Art Museum (Weizenbergi 34/ Valge 1, Tallinn)
  • 14 December 2017, European Crime Prevention Awards (ECPA) Ceremony, Seaplane Harbour (Vesilennuki 6, Tallinn)
Our staff

Febe Liagre, strategy and policy officer
Dorien Stevens, policy and practice officer
Vincent Lauwers, policy officer for the Administrative Approach
Cindy Verleysen, researcher
Jorne Vanhee, researcher
Chadia Dehbi, researcher
Katrijn Hoedemakers, communication officer
Glenn Asselman, administrative officer