Regional Project on fighting drugs and organised crime (EU-ACT)

Regional Project on fighting drugs and organised crime (EU-ACT)

Project duration

2017-2023

Budget

€14.5 million

Implementing Partners

FIIAPP (Cooperación Española)

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Regional Project on fighting drugs and organised crime (EU-ACT)
Regional Project on fighting drugs and organised crime (EU-ACT)

Brief Description

EU-ACT aims at building capacities to increase regional and trans-regional law enforcement cooperation and coordination in the fight against organised crime and trafficking activities along the heroin route, as well as supporting the development of drugs policy and drug demand reduction activities in five key countries (Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Ukraine, Pakistan and Tanzania) along the ‘Heroine Route’ from Afghanistan.

Objectives

The overall objective is to contribute to the prevention and effective fight against organised crime, including the illicit trafficking in drugs, along the so-called “Heroin Route”.

Specifically, the project seeks to reinforce the capacities of countries along the Heroin Route from/to Afghanistan, in order to better address drug-related organised crime and build trust and networking among them that will enable them to cooperate (trans-)regionally.

Actions in brief

The project is implemented along three tracks:

Capacity building for strengthened due-process compliant National Policy and Operational Responses (NAPOR): To respond to a concrete need for hands-on practical training, primarily for law enforcement and intelligence officers, investigators and prosecutors, promoting case integrity by strengthened application of due process and compliance with international law and human rights law. This is implemented in five key countries (Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Ukraine, Pakistan and Tanzania).

Elaboration, set up and implementation of the Technical Assistance Facility (TAF). This will enable short-term transfer of knowledge, practices and experience to support partner countries and (regional) organisations in improving different aspects of their drug policies and response in a holistic manner, both regarding drug-supply and drug-demand reduction aspects, as well as relevant cross-cutting issues, corresponding to their national and/or institutional priorities and needs. This is implemented, on demand, in the same regions as the key countries.

Identification and implementation of Cooperation Initiatives (COPI). This Involves the implementation of small-scaled (trans-)regional co-operation initiatives, which can be linked to both NAPOR & TAF, or be delivered as separate stand-alone events. This component aims to lay the ground for and support operational trans-regional cooperation, i.e. real operations.

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