The project to fight drugs and organized crime has come to a successful conclusion. Because of the results obtained, the European Union will fund a new phase
Between 2014 and 2018, the project to support Peru’s National Drug Control Strategy, financed by the European Union (EU) and implemented by FIIAPP, has helped to strengthen the ability of the police, judges, public prosecutors, customs officers and other professionals to combat organised crime in this Andean country.
The project has helped to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the fight against organized crime. In 2017, it also helped the Peruvian National Police Force, through DIRANDRO, to have the highest figureson record for disbanding criminal organisations, seizing drugs, destroying laboratories and landing strips, and implementing an information system on domestic drug trafficking.
The Peruvian authorities noted that this was made possible by the new approaches to investigation and intelligence brought to them by the project, which prioritised disbanding the organisations rather than arresting individuals, and combating asset laundering and impunity.
During the project’s closing ceremony, the European Union Ambassador to Peru, Diego Mellado, emphasized the progress made, highlighting the interinstitutional cooperation between the EU and the Peruvian state as a key factor in successfully reaching the goals set. In addition, because of the excellent results obtained, the continuation of the project was announced and the financing of a new phase.
The attendees gave a special mention to FIAPP as the EU’s strategic arm in regional and bilateral cooperation products and its good work in Peru, through demand-based management that prioritised the needs of the sector.
Among these achievements, one that stood out was the EU’s contribution to creating Peru‘s first computer-assisted anti-drug intelligence system (SIIETID) and the creation of intelligence units at the country’s ports and airports.
The EU Fight against Illicit Drugs has been in force for 4 years. It is based on three key aspects: temporary and permanent technical support, training and study visits to airports, ports, intelligence, prosecution and investigation.
Among the major activities were 110 training cycles on 25 topics, in which over 2600 professionals were trained, of whom 31% were women. As well as introducing a focus on human rights into the activities, there were 35 technical support missions and 14 study visits to Europe.