Migration and Home Affairs

Supporting action: training, funding, research and innovation

In addition to providing a long-term strategic framework and to encouraging information exchange and operational cooperation, The Commission also provides support to security-related actions through funding and the promotion of security-related research and innovation. CEPOL, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training, is responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of training activities, as outlined in the EU Regulation 2015/2219.


CEPOL's mission is to provide training and learning opportunities to law enforcement officers on issues vital to the security of the European Union and its citizens. Training covers topics ranging from leadership to law enforcement techniques, from EU cooperation to economic crime, and from pre-deployment trainings to capacity building activities. CEPOL courses are designed to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practices and to contribute to the development of a common European law enforcement culture and are based on a Strategic Training Needs Assessment.


The Internal Security Fund (ISF) has been set up for the period 2014-20 and its total budget amounts to approximately EUR 3.8 billion. The Fund will ensure that EU Member States are provided with adequate Union financial support to ensure progress towards the policy objectives and to address important challenges in the area of internal security.

Other financial programmes, such as Horizon 2020, the European Social Fund, the European Structural and Investment Funds and financial instruments for external action can also be employed to support the priorities of the Agenda for Security.

Research and innovation

Horizon 2020 is the EU Research and Innovation programme for the period from 2014 to 2020. It includes a section on Security research and Innovation "Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens", which can be used to finance research and innovation projects in the area of internal security.