120 civil guards students finish their training period at the Gendarmerie School of Dijon (France)

The general director of the Civil Guard, Felix Azón, has affirmed that this "innovative project in Europe, of bilateral integration in the matter of formation, that we are carrying out with our sister force, the National Gendarmerie, is being consolidated as a new way to conceive the teaching "

The Spanish students entered the School of Dijon last January within the collaboration agreement signed in August 2017 between the Ministers of the Interior of Spain and France for the realization of a joint training project between civil guards and gendarmes

The General Director of the Civil Guard, Felix Azón, attended the morning of today in Dijon (France), at the closing of the International Seminar to present the Spanish-French joint training project.

120 students of the Civil Guard have done this school year at the School of the Gendarmerie of Dijon, within the collaboration agreement signed in August 2017, between the Ministers of Interior of Spain and France for the realization of a common training project between civil guards and gendarmes.
Felix Azón has affirmed that "This project, innovative in Europe, of bilateral integration in training, which we are carrying out with our sister force, the National Gendarmerie, is being consolidated as a new way of conceiving education".
He commented that during the Seminar has been reflected on the possibility of creating a new common European module that is intended to become valid for other European police forces and to replicate the current model of collaboration in new projects that may take place in the future.
In this aspect, Felix Azón highlighted that "This new module, exportable to other" axes "that can be created in the way we created between Spain and France, between the National Gendarmerie and the Civil Guard, should be based on a basic knowledge of international cooperation, the main ones European Union agencies in matters of home affairs, such as EUROPOL, FRONTEX, CEPOL or EUROJUST, but also, and importantly, the main instruments that make cooperation possible in the fight against cross-border crime. "
He has stressed that "This modernizing bet of our gendármicas institutions, in which we hope also to count in short time with our great partners, the Arma dei Carabinieri of Italy and the Republican National Guard of Portugal, it will allow to give a new dimension to police education in Europe and, on the basis of different bilateral axes, to have better internal security forces at European level.
Félix Azón has finished highlighting that "In a deep conviction of our Europeanist sentiment, we want in this project, to take a qualitative leap and that what we have started as a reinforced cooperation between two countries, may have a" European identity stamp "and be extended to the rest of the police forces. the Union as an effective tool to contribute to European integration by increasing security within the common area of ​​freedom, security and justice ", with the hope of providing a better service and greater security to all European citizens.

An already solid Franco-Spanish cooperation

The Civil Guard and the French National Gendarmerie have maintained for several decades a tradition of good relations and police collaboration, in matters of interest to both as citizen security through the collaboration of members of the Gendarmerie in Spain within the Plan Secure Tourism, cross-border collaboration, with the Traffic School, Maritime Service in operations such as Índalo, with judicial police, in the GAR-SI SAHEL Project and, especially, in everything related to terrorism.
In addition, both countries are members of the FIEP (organization that regroups the internal security forces of a military nature) and the European Gendarmerie Force.

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