European Police Union - EPU

 European Police Union (EPU) and Eurofedop are gravely disturbed by the information we received about the situation in the Polish police forces and for firefighters. It concerns failed agreements regarding the social economic situation of police-officers; their working conditions and collective rights (including pensions, etc.) under the responsibility of the Polish Government.

The European Police Union is following the situation with the social dialogue in Poland with serious concern, having in mind that these problems have been placed since years and the Polish politicians have not undertaken any development of this important issue. It is not only seen as a very serious and dangerous situation for the (social) safety of the Polish police officers but also for its citizens that must be avoided at all costs.

The EPU thus firmly request the Polish Government to:
• Increase the salaries by January 1, 2019  up to 650 PLN for each police-officer;
• Reinstating the retirement pension system which was in force until 31 December 2012;
• Stop the freezing of police-officers payments;
• Full payment for the time spent on duty exceeding the norms determined for each uniformed service, overtime and duty on public holidays;
• Levelling the status of police-officers recruited to service after 1 January 1999 with the status of police-officer recruited before this date in respect of article 15a of the police-officers retirement pension act;
Restoring full payment for the sick leave no longer than 30 days per year.

The European Police Union (EPU) officially calls on the Polish Government and the European Institutions to take immediate corrective actions to prevent the serious consequences of security breaches on national and European level. And strongly demands to bring the level of salaries and working conditions (including pensions) of the Polish police-officers to a fair level and to European standards.

Always remember that brave people deserve respect and dignity!



On 22 May 2017 EPU's member organization  started a trial against Ministry of Interior.
TUFEMI pleaded that the non-provision of uniform clothing or the payment of its money equivalent is discrimination from the Minister of Interior against all uniformed workers, obliged to perform their duties

This month the decision of the Commission for Protection against Discrimination was published and it is as follows: 

ESTABLISHES that the Minister of the Interior has committed direct discrimination based on a "personal status" against all uniformed officers of the Ministry of the Interior who were obliged to perform their duties in uniforms for the period 2014-2017, but did not receive such or theirs money equivalent.

REQUIRES, on the base of Art. 76, of the Act for protection against discrimination, imposed administrative measures to the Minister of Interior to be taken and is prescribing measures under Articles 10 and 11 to be taken and a mechanism for sustainable settlement of the issue with workers’ uniforms at Ministry of Interior to be provided.

DEFINES on the base of Art.67 of the Act for protection against discrimination, within three months from the entry into force of the present decision, the addressee of the enforcement measures of this decision, the Minister of Interior, to take measures for its enforcement and to notify the Commission for protection against discriminations about them.


 Media Publication - Press Conference Berlin


On behalf of more than 15 police unions throughout Europe, I would like to welcome you to the website of the European Police Union (EPU). The EPU is an independent police union in Europe serving the interests of in excess of 800,000 police officers each and every day. Police officers who practice their risky profession on a daily basis so as to ensure safety and security for all of the citizens of Europe. Order, peace and security are essential for living and working in Europe. The police unions affiliated with the EPU are dedicated to both the intrinsic policing profession and the employment conditions and relations. We do this by working together at local, national and European level. The EPU is characterized by amicable cooperation on the basis of equality. In addition to influencing European Parliament, the European Commission and European government, our trade union work entails supporting our colleagues, e.g. educating and training executives from the affiliated trade unions and fostering Social Dialogue. In this regard, national culture and customs are primary. Thus in recent years we have achieved plenty of engaging results, more on which can be found on this website or on the sites of the affiliated police unions. To date, this has given more and more police unions in Europe cause to join forces with us. Thus the strength of the EPU lies in performing trade union work for and with one another with the aim of striving towards a high-quality, social living environment for our members and a safe and secure Europe for the citizens. On behalf of the affiliated police unions I would like to invite you to join us in striving towards this goal or to support us in doing so.

 Yours fraternally

Gerrit van de Kamp

Shortcomings in European admission policy for refugees 

There are serious shortcomings in European admission policy for refugees. Police forces in the Netherlands, Germany and the Balkan countries are under-staffed and under-equipped to process and screen large flows of refugees

The collective of police trade unions united within the European Police Union (EPU) calls upon the European institutions (the European Parliament and the European Commission) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to fulfil their responsibility to scale up the work quality (job content, employment conditions, terms of employment, employment relationships) of police officers in Europe to an acceptable Level. Attached you will find the full EPU statement on Police protection in a century of radical changes.

Answer from the European Commission
Letter from the Office of the President Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker
renditionDownload.pdf (30.41KB)
Answer from the European Commission
Letter from the Office of the President Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker
renditionDownload.pdf (30.41KB)

Gerrit van de Kamp, President of EPU writes a letter to Valdis Dombrovkis, Vice-president of the European Commission

EPU supports Serbian Police and Army for protection of the social dialogue

EPU wishes Police and Army success in the protest for better working conditions. Please read the Support letter below




EPU Facebook-Page


European Police Union's (EPU) proposed minimum standards for all (!) police officers in patrol Equipment

EPU supports Bulgarian Police Trade Union TUFEMI

Letter of Support - TUFEMI
04.07.17 letter of support TUFEMI 5 July 2017.pdf (512.67KB)
Letter of Support - TUFEMI
04.07.17 letter of support TUFEMI 5 July 2017.pdf (512.67KB)

European’s Police Union’s (EPU) proposed minimumstandards and the equipment for the police patrol & traffic control cars for all (!) police organizations across Europe.

Minimum Standards for Maximal Security
minimum_standards.pdf (95.13KB)
Minimum Standards for Maximal Security
minimum_standards.pdf (95.13KB)