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.
- 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.
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.
EUCPN Chair until 31 December 2018
Head of Crime Prevention & Victim Support
E-mail for EUCPN matters: EUCPN-Chair2018@bmi.gv.at
More information on the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
"Recent studies concerning public safety have shown that despite a measurable decrease in the occurrence of crime over all, the subjective feeling of safety among the citizens of Austria has declined in recent years. During the Austrian Presidency our main focus will therefore lie on how to strengthen the community and the cooperation with the community to fight crime and organized crime. The Presidency will organize a large-scale international conference in December, which will revolve around this theme and invite national and international experts to present initiatives and projects that enable the improvement of the subjective feeling of safety of our citizens through positive exposure and cooperation with law enforcement".
Vincent Lauwers, policy officer for the Administrative Approach
Chadia Dehbi, research officer
Katrijn Hoedemakers, communication officer
Dorien Stevens, policy and practice officer
Febe Liagre, strategy and policy officer
Glenn Asselman, administrative officer
Jorne Vanhee, research officer
Cindy Verleysen, research officer