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Estonian expert to advise Palestinian Civil Police

1. October 2018 - 16:08

Today, on 1 October, Estonian expert Rainer Koor joined the European Union Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories EUPOL COPPS to advise the Palestinian Civil Police on strengthening and updating its training system. Koor was appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia.

EUPOL COPPS is part of EU efforts to support Palestinian Authority in developing a sustainable and effective criminal justice system and penal code, and to contribute to the establishment of police structures in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to support the Palestinian Authority in taking responsibility for law and order. The mission was established in 2006. There are 72 international experts from 28 EU Member States, Canada, Turkey and Norway working for EUPOL COPPS.

In cooperation with international organisations and allied countries, Estonia takes part in crisis prevention and international civilian crisis management missions, which provide an opportunity to help promote stability and strengthen democratic values in Europe and in the rest of the world. Participation in international missions also offers valuable professional experience for Estonian experts and supports Estonia’s foreign policy objectives.

The EU’s ongoing civilian missions most important for Estonia are EUAM Ukraine, EUMM Georgia, EUPOL COPPS in the Palestinian territories, and EUCAP Sahel Mali. Altogether there are 14 Estonian experts participating in different international civilian missions.

Rainer Koor has graduated from the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences and worked for the Estonian Police for more than 15 years. Before assuming his current position, Koor worked for the Estonian Information System Authority as the Head of Crisis Management. From 2012–2014, Koor worked for the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan.

Additional information:

Sandra Kamilova
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Communication Department

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