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European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN)

This decision establishes the European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN) to assist in the development of crime prevention measures in the European Union (EU). By providing a framework for cooperation between EU countries, the network also supports crime prevention activities at the national and local levels.


Council Decision 2009/902/JHA of 30 November 2009 setting up a European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN) and repealing Decision 2001/427/JHA.


This decision sets up the European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN). The EUCPN succeeds the European Crime Prevention Network, which was established by Decision 2001/427/JHA.

The objective of the EUCPN is to develop crime prevention at the European Union (EU) level, as well as to support national and local level crime prevention activities. Crime prevention consists of all policies and actions aimed at reducing crime and its causes, as well as insecurity felt by citizens.

Tasks of the network

The EUCPN is responsible for:

  • improving cooperation, contacts and exchanges of information between stakeholders;
  • collecting, evaluating and sharing of information on crime prevention;
  • organising conferences and activities to develop crime prevention and to share the results of the work on crime prevention;
  • providing expertise to the European institutions (Council and Commission);
  • reporting annually to the Council on its work;
  • developing and implementing a work programme that addresses relevant crime threats.

In order to carry out its tasks, the EUCPN will use various means to exchange information. Through national representatives and contact points, it will maintain close contacts with all relevant stakeholders (such as crime prevention bodies, authorities and civil society). In addition, the EUCPN will disseminate information on its work as well as any useful information on crime prevention through its own website. Finally, it will promote the results of EU funded projects that are pertinent to crime prevention.

Structure of the network

The EUCPN is composed of a Board, a Secretariat and contact points.

The Board is made up of:

  • national representatives appointed by each EU country;
  • a Chair appointed from among the national representatives;
  • an Executive Committee led by the Chair and consisting of a maximum of six members of the Board and a Commission representative.

With a view to ensuring the proper operation of the EUCPN, the Board is responsible for its overall management. It adopts the network’s financial regulation, strategy, work programmes and annual reports. To carry out its tasks, the Board meets at least once every six months.

The Secretariat supports the Board, in particular by:

  • providing administrative and general assistance during meeting/conference preparations;
  • drafting annual reports and work programmes;
  • providing analysis and support in identifying research activities and information related to crime prevention;
  • providing a point of communication for the members of the network;
  • managing the EUCPN website.

The contact points are designated by the EU countries. They support the exchanges of information and expertise between the national representatives.

The EUCPN and its activities are financed by the EU countries.

Cooperation with other bodies

If appropriate for achieving its objectives, the EUCPN may cooperate with other bodies involved in crime prevention.


The need to take action in the field of crime prevention was first identified at the Tampere European Council of 15-16 October 1999. Consequently, the European Crime Prevention Network was established in 2001 by Decision 2001/427/JHA.

In 2008-09, an evaluation of the European Crime Prevention Network noted the need to strengthen the network, in particular through enhanced participation of the national representatives. In order to make changes to the network, a new decision had to be adopted to replace Decision 2001/427/JHA.



Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Decision 2009/902/JHA



OJ L 321 of 8.12.2009

See also

Last updated: 09.03.2010