The European Confederation of Police (EuroCOP) is the umbrella organisation for police unions and staff organisations in Europe.
Based in Luxembourg, we represent the interests of police officers across the whole of the European landscape.
EuroCOP is tackling issues from police cooperation across borders to a safer working environment for police officers on the street. We are determined to contribute to European policy debates and provide added value by giving a practitioners perspective.
EuroCOP was established in November 2002, and is an independent, non-profit and secular organisation and has no affiliation with any government or political party. Financed through member contributions, EuroCOP is open to any organisation representing police officers in member countries of the European Union or the Council of Europe.
EuroCOP is the only Police representative body that are members of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the European Trade Union Federation (ETUF). EuroCOP also has participation rights in the Council of Europe.
EuroCOP is a non-profit organisation representing the voice of European police officers. Striving to protect the rights, safety, values, and position in society of European police officers, EuroCOP is building stronger channels of communication and cooperation on policing across Europe.
Since EuroCOP’s creation in 2002 we have been fighting to promote four key goals:
By working towards the realisation of these goals EuroCOP is supporting European police forces to keep our society safe and secure.
By 2020 EuroCOP envisions European police officers operating together in an environment of equality, safety and support, provided with the rights, resources, and training to keep Europe’s citizens safe and secure for the long term future.
Achieving EuroCOP’s mission and making our vision for the future a reality is built on clear set of strategic objectives that guide our priorities and actions over the coming five years.
EuroCOP’s three strategic objectives are:
Elected by Congress, the Executive Committee is in charge of the day to day business of the organisation. Its current seven members meet on a monthly basis and represent EuroCOP towards the outside world. They are also tasked with preparing EuroCOP Committee meetings and Congresses.
The Executive Committee of EuroCOP is composed of the President, Vice President, Head of Office, Treasurer and two further members.
Current members of the Executive Committee are:
In 2017 he became Chair of Finland’s Police Union.
The union has 80 member organisations that together represent the interests of about 11,000 police officers, employees working in the offices of jurisdictional districts, and professionals in judicial administration, Finnish Security Intelligence Service (SUPO) and emergency services.
Unn Alma Skatvold was elected as the vice-president of the Norwegian police federation in 2013. The federation organize all members of the police, including civil workers, lawyers and leaders.
Unn Alma started as an police-officer in 1996 and before becoming a full-time trustee she worked at the border to Sweden with mostly border-crime related issues, but also patrolling in her district where she lives.
Unn Alma also has different roles in the second-largest umbrella-organisation in Norway, UNIO. UNIO represent workers with higher education and together with the police are nurses, teachers and scientist among others.
Mark Marshallsay was elected as General Secretary of the British Transport Police Federation (BTPF) in March 2020. Prior to this, Mark served as the Treasurer for BTPF, for three years.
Mark joined British Transport Police (BTP) in October 1992 and has performed a variety of policing roles, taking him the length and breadth of the UK, before becoming a full time member of the BTPF National Executive.
Georgios Stamatakis was elected as a member of the Executive Committee of EuroCOP in 2015 being the first Greek Police officer occupying a European police union office.
Georgios has been a police officer for 20 years.
He currently serves at the Directorate division of Security for West Attiki, dealing with public safety ,the preservation of State security and constitution and also conducting undercover investigations.
In 2013, Georgios became a Board member of the newly formed Union of ‘Police Officers for the west region of Attiki, as well as a representative of the Panhellenic Federation of Police Officers. He was elected as General Secretary of the Union of Police Officers in the west region of Attiki in 2013.
From Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Has been with the police since 1992. Member of the Catalan Police force, Mossos d’Esquadra, he has worked as shift manager on the front line and also in the investigation area. She currently pays active service in a police station in the city of Barcelona and knows first-hand the everyday challenges of the Police officers working on the front line.
EuroCOP is a key organization where police across Europe can denounce the precarious situation in which many police officers find themselves. Most police officers must work and serve the citizens without adequate resources. Proud of her colleagues and how they deal everyday with the challenges of policing in an always challenging and changing environment, Angels wants politicians to be committed to the Police: “Police officers risk their lives every day on the streets to protect citizens. In exchange, they should be offered adequate labour conditions, decent wages to support their families and, of course, the necessary resources to serve and protect citizen in the way they deserve”
Nigel Dennis commenced his uniformed Police service in 1977 with Hampshire Constabulary. In 1980, he joined the UKAEAC which later became the Civil Nuclear Constabulary in the United Kingdom. He concluded his Police Service in 2020.
During his long career, he has undertaken many and varied operational policing roles that has taken him around the world.
In 2008 he was appointed to the role of Chief Executive of the Civil Nuclear Police Federation.During this period he significantly raised the profile of this organisation and negotiated better terms and conditions for his members that replicated the rest of the UK Police service.
David Kennedy became General Secretary of the Scottish Police Federation in February 2023.
He joined Strathclyde Police in 1996 and has over 19 years police service. He became a federation representative for K Division in 2003 working in the Renfrewshire area. He was elected as deputy secretary of Strathclyde JBB in December 2004 and as Secretary in December 2008.
Following the restructuring of the SPF in 2013, David became the Conduct Secretary before taking up the post of Deputy General Secretary in 2015.
Roberto García González is a member of CCOO, and has acted as their spokesperson since 2019.
Roberto has been serving as a police officer since 2002. In 2008 he became a member of ARRO as well as becoming a Caporal. Roberto was voted in as a member of the EuroCOP Executive Committee Excom at this year’s Spring Meeting in Belfast in April 2023.
The European Union is a union of 28 member states in Europe. EuroCOP cooperates with practically all institutions of the EU including the European Commission, The Council of Ministers and the European Parliament.
The member state holding the six month EU Presidency also leads the EU’s policy direction of the period. Therefore EuroCOP like to stay in close contact with the member state holding the Presidency.
EuroCOP also holds good relationships with the Commission’s Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME) of the European Commission. The Directorate’s task, among others, is to ensure that the European Union provides its citizens with an area of freedom, security and justice. It deals with EU legislation on terrorism, organised crime and police cooperation (EuroCOP position papers). The Commission makes legislative proposals to the Council and then the Justice and Home Affairs Council has the power to decide matters in regard to police cooperation. Similarly, EuroCOP is in regular contact with the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion (DG EMPL) regarding the working conditions and social rights of police officers.
EuroCOP also regularly meets with Members of the European Parliament and contributes to the discussions and ongoing work of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (“LIBE”) Committee on security related topics and the Employment and Social Affairs (“EMPL”) Committee on topics related to working conditions and social rights.