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Evaluation of the European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN)

Date of roadmap: 19/2/2019

Crime prevention is an important pillar of a comprehensive internal security strategy and can contribute to citizens’ safety and security in the European Union. The Lisbon Treaty mentions crime prevention among the key building blocks to establish and maintain an area of freedom, security and Justice in Art. 2.

The European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN) was set up in 2001 by the Council Decision 2001/427/JHA of the Council of the European Union, which was repealed and replaced in 2009 by Council Decision 2009/902/JHA. Its main objective is to develop a platform for the Member States to exchange knowledge and best practices in the field of crime prevention. The network is chaired by the Member State holding the Rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Over the last years, the network has undergone key changes. For the first time, it has aligned its crime prevention activities with the EU Policy Cycle on serious international crime 2018-2021 and it has participated in operational actions in 2018. 2017 also saw an increase in staff at the secretariat to cope with the additional workload and intensify research as well as communication activities. Moreover, the network’s budget was increased as part of the 2017 Internal Security Fund - Police annual work programme.

When the network was last evaluated in 2012, the analysis found the network to be a useful instrument to support policymakers at EU and national levels. The evaluation showed positive results but also pointed out further improvements needed in terms of performance, impact, added value, organisation and governance.

An evaluation is needed to assess the impact of the key changes in the last years. Moreover, conducting the evaluation in 2019/2020 will allow the EUCPN to rely on its results when preparing the network’s next multi-annual strategy (2021-2025)

The evaluation will assess the network’s effectiveness, including the adequacy of the legal basis to provide sufficient mandate, framework and resources. It will also look at the efficiency, the relevance and the coherence of the actions undertaken on the basis of the network's multiannual strategy as well as at the achieved EU added value. It will also review the working practices of the network and its secretariat.

View the roadmap for this initiative

The Roadmap published in February 2019 serves to inform stakeholders and citizens about how the Commission intends to carry out the evaluation of the Directive.

Take part in the consultation activities

The Consultation Strategy (PDF) outlines the consultation objectives, maps the relevant stakeholders and explains which consultation methods and tools the European Commission is currently considering in carrying out the evaluation. Please note that this document is a planning document provided for information only and does not commit the European Commission (or the external Contractor that will carry out the evaluation) to any specific consultative path.
A Public Consultation is carried out as part of the evaluation via the Commission's public consultation page (not yet available - link when we have it). The public consultation will remain open for a period of 13 weeks.

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