ENFAST activities and results with the support of EU funding
ENFAST established a Memorandum of Association which established the existence of a Core Group and a General Assembly. The Belgian and German Presidency were granted ISEC and the following Dutch and Croatian ISF funding to organise Core Group meetings and General assemblies for representatives of the 28 EU Member States and Europol, Interpol, US Marshals Service, Switzerland, Norway, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo as observers.
EUROPOL provides its Platform for Experts (EPE) to the national fugitive teams enabling the exchange of non-operational information. Furthermore EUROPOL provides support to have the Europe’s Most Wanted list published on its public website.
The Collège Européen de Police (CEPOL) is an EU agency dedicated to providing training and learning opportunities to senior police officers on issues vital to the security of the European Union and its citizens. CEPOL has included an ENFAST training course in its curriculum and trainee exchanges are being organised between national FAST units.
The ENFAST network has:
- established a list of Single Points of Contacts,
- compiled national FAST fact-sheets with information on national legislation and police methods,
- created a leaflet promoting the existence of ENFAST,
- offered mutual staff exchange opportunities
- devised and built up an efficient and solid network.
In 2012(eg) at a fugitives conference attended by 24 national fugitive teams of the European Union, a motion was put forward to create a European network of national fugitive teams, named ENFAST. This motion was adopted by the European Council on 1st of January 2013. The Belgian FAST took the first Presidency for a two-year period (2013-2014). After German FAST having continued the project under its Presidency for another two years (2015-2016), Dutch FAST took over the Presidency for 2017 to 2018, now followed by FAST Croatia ensuring the continuity of the project.