Freedom, security and justice. These core European values are inextricably linked and interdependent: no freedom without security and vice versa. An effective rule of law is also crucial for a united and strong Europe. That is why this year’s European Police Congress of Behörden Spiegel is dedicated to the topic “One Europe? Freedom – Security – Justice”. It will take place on 3rd and 4th May at hub27 on the Berlin exhibition grounds. The event will be even more broadly based and international than in previous years.
Participants from the political sphere will include: Iris Spranger, Senator for the Interior, Digitalisation and Sport of the State of Berlin and current Chair of the Standing Conference of the Ministers and Senators of the Interior of the Länder (IMK), Joachim Herrmann, Bavarian State Minister of the Interior, for Sport and Integration, and Georg Maier, Thuringian Minister of the Interior and Municipal Affairs. The Brandenburg Minister of the Interior, Michael Stübgen, will also be there.
Spranger positions himself clearly in the Behörden Spiegel interview: “It is clear that where crime happens, the police must also be present. I would like to see the judiciary become even faster. Judges should set an example for the rule of law. For me, domestic policy means security for all.” In an interview with Behörden Spiegel, Bavaria’s head of department Herrmann also pleaded for zero tolerance for violations of the law.
In addition, there will again be high-calibre experts. Dr. Lars Gerdes, Deputy Executive Director for Returns and Operations at the European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex, General Michael Takacs from the Federal Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Austria, and the Vice President of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), Dr. Gerhard Schabhüser, have already confirmed their participation.
The same applies to the President of the Central Office for Information Technology in the Security Sector (ZITiS), Wilfried Karl, the overall project manager P20, Holger Gadorosi, as well as Heiko Löhr, group leader Cyber Crime at the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA).
In addition, there will be the presentation of the “Zukunftspreis Polizeiarbeit”, which is endowed with a total of 5,000 euros. This prize is awarded to young police officers.