"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

Hristina Yordanova

EUCPN Chair until 30 June 2018

Ministry of the Interior, Republic of Bulgaria
National Police Chief Directorate
Phone: +359 2 9828623
Mobile: +359 89 8753214
E-mail for EUCPN matters: EUCPN-Chair@mvr.bg
More information on the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency are based on the Trio Presidency Programme of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria, adopted jointly by the three countries in mid-2017. One of the main priorities in the Programme is related to building a Union of freedom, security and justice, since this issue is high on the EU agenda in recent years.
In the context of prevention, the Bulgarian Presidency will focus on fraud-related issues, in particular telephone scams. This type of crime has become a profitable criminal activity in recent years, which is developing at both national and cross-border levels. Criminal groups specializing in this activity are developing dynamically and are striking a wider range of victims. Given the active participation of victims and their involvement in criminal scenarios and the traumatizing effect on victims’ mind, serious preventive efforts need to be made, taking into account the specificities at local, national and cross-border level.
In this context, the Bulgarian Presidency will organize a seminar on the theme: “Fraud (with a focus on phone scams)”. The seminar will present the current trends in fraud and will provide an opportunity for exchange of best practices in the field of their prevention.
The calendar scheduled during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU includes the following events:
  • 14 March 2018 – EUCPN ExCom first meeting in Sofia, Boyana Residency
  • 14 March 2018 – EUCPN Board meeting in Sofia, Boyana Residency
  • 15 March 2018 – Seminar on Fraud (with a Focus on Phone Scams), Sofia, Boyana Residnency
  • 5 June 2018 – ExCom second meeting in Sofia, National Police Headquarter
An important objective for the Bulgarian Presidency is to improve the network's communication strategy and to facilitate the access of stakeholders to the EUCPN scientific and applied products developed in the field of prevention.


Our staff


From left
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