2nd EUROMED Strategic Cooperation Forum sets stage for new police strategy in the region

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28 March 2022

Representatives from the Southern Partnership Countries, the EU Member States and EC services, paved the way towards the new EUROMED Police Strategy as they convened in Budapest for the 2nd Strategic Cooperation Forum on 16-17 March. The Strategic Cooperation Forum is a high level meeting taking place every year in the framework of the EUROMED Police project and coordinated in strong partnership by CEPOL and Europol.

Under discussion was the necessity to map out all existing and planned strategies to fight organised crime in the region, both at national and regional level, to have a better understanding of the priority areas, avoid duplication and overlaps and build a future-proof police framework.

Criminal groups affecting the region and undermining the rule of law and the rapidly changing environment require regional, and state actors to engage in strategic cooperation beyond the traditional approach. The EUROMED Police Strategy aims to contribute to the fight against serious and organised crime in an integrated manner and encourage sustained cooperation between the countries in the Southern Neighbourhood region and with the relevant European Union agencies.

In this event, the EU Commission provided a comprehensive picture of the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT), including its external dimension. The EMPACT experts shared information on the latest trends in the criminal areas of drug trafficking, cybercrime, criminal financing and firearms smuggling in Europe. The forum enabled the participants to take part into working groups, to reflect on the crime threats and outline the steps required to face them in a coordinated and strategic way.

EUROMED Police was launched in 2020 and has successfully implemented 30 capacity-building activities: 3 onsite national courses, 7 webinars, 2 study visits, 1 sub-regional onsite course, 1 regional level onsite course, 2 train-the-trainers activities and 14 exchanges between law enforcement officials.

About EUROMED Police

The EUROMED Police project aims at enhancing the capacity of the Southern Partner Countries to fight serious and organised crime and to strengthen strategic cooperation between national law enforcement authorities in Southern Partner countries, as well as between Southern Partner countries, EU Member States and EU Agencies. The European Union committed EUR 7 million to the initiative for a period of 4 years. Find out more about the EUROMED Police project here.



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