Together with Albania, the European Union launches a new project to combat organised crime through criminal and financial investigations
Albania will work alongside the European Union in the fight against organised crime through criminal and financial investigation. This new cooperation project is managed by FIIAPP, it has Europe funding and the participation of the Netherlands and Italy.
Within the framework of the 2030 Agenda and the Europe 2020 strategy, this project will contribute to the fight against organised crime and drug trafficking in Albania. In addition to the exchange of knowledge through joint work among government specialists, the project will provide technical and material equipment to Albanian institutions.
Over the next three years, Spanish specialists from the Attorney General’s Office, the Ministry of the Interior, through the Policía Nacional, the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) and the Ministry of Justice; with the support of the Italian Ministry of Justice, the Guardia di Finanza and the Dutch National Police, will work with their Albanian counterparts to achieve this goal.
The event was inaugurated by the ambassador of the European Union in Albania, Luigi Soreca, who highlighted the impact that this project will have on the fight against organised crime through financial investigation. The EU ambassador highlighted the value of government technical cooperation and the work of Team Europe.
Albania’s Interior Minister Bledar Çuçi also spoke at the event. The minister explained the current situation in the country in the field of the investigation of criminal organisations. He also thanked all the actors and institutions involved for their involvement.
In her speech, Anna Terrón, the director of FIIAPP, highlighted the role of cooperation to address common challenges and strengthen relations between the European Union and Albania. In addition, she presented the three Spanish specialists from the Policía Nacional and the Attorney General’s Office who will work in the field together with the Albanian institutions.
The ambassadors of Spain, Italy and the Netherlands in Albania also participated in the event, highlighting the strategic importance of cooperating in criminal investigations and the importance of EU-Albania bilateral relations.