EU Police Mission in Palestine inaugurates new headquarters in Ramallah
June 25, 2018
The EU Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS) – the EU Police Mission in Palestine – inaugurated its new Mission Headquarters last week. The new headquarters is located over two floors in the Abraj Building in Ramallah, in the occupied Palestinian territories.
“This new headquarters finally reunites all our sections under one roof and reinforces our ‘one mission, one team approach’. The premises here offer better working conditions for the Mission Members and much improved workshop and training facilities (..)”, said the Head of Mission, Kauko Aaltomaa.
“The move will also underline the commitment of the European Union to its continued presence in the West Bank and as a vow to remain a steadfast partner to the Palestinian Police and Criminal Justice Institutions, to continue our support to Law Enforcement and Rule of Law and to carry forward our friendship with the Palestinian People”, stated Mr. Aaltomaa.
101 Mission Members are working in the new headquarters with one additional Mission Member serving in a support capacity in Brussels. The Mission’s staff includes 58 International Mission Members (representing 20 EU Member States and Canada) and 44 national (Palestinian) Mission Members. 29% of Mission Members are women.
EUPOL COPPS, which began its operations in Palestine on 1 January 2006, supports the Palestinian Authority in the establishment of sustainable and effective Policing Arrangements in Palestine and advises on Criminal Justice and Rule of Law related aspects under Palestinian ownership, in accordance with the best international standards.