El ministro ha insistido en reforzar la cooperación policial para luchar con más eficacia contra el crimen organizado
The Minister of the Interior, Francisco Grande-Marlaska, inaugurated today in Santiago de Compostela the meeting “On the road to institutionalization. United we are stronger”, the constituent summit of Ameripol, the Latin American police network with the aim of drafting the founding treaty of this organization.
During the inauguration of the event, Marlaska recognized the need to act in a cooperative manner because “experience teaches us that with international support and collaboration we are more effective, both in prevention and in the prosecution and repression of criminals”. Likewise, the Minister of the Interior emphasized that, for the construction of this police cooperation platform, he had the support of Spain from the beginning through the Ministry of the Interior and the National Police. “I want to reaffirm the Spanish commitment to the roadmap that still remains to be completed in the framework of the European project EL PAcCTO: Support for Ameripol, which will continue to be supported by the EU,” he admitted.
In addition, he stated that “Ameripol is the best partner for cooperation with Europe in bi-regional police matters and, after its legal consolidation, a range of possibilities for cooperation with Europol and other European agencies will open up from which we will all benefit”.
Decoration and bilateral meeting
After his speech, the President of Ameripol, Andrés Severino, decorated Grande-Marlaska with the Grand Order of Ameripol, in recognition of Spain’s contribution to the creation and development of the American police cooperation organization.
Later, the Minister held a meeting with the Minister of Security of the Republic of Argentina, Aníbal Fernández. Both ministers emphasized the high level of cooperation between the two countries and the common interest in the fight against organized crime, terrorism, smuggling and trafficking in human beings.
At the meeting they also discussed the importance of the creation of the Latin American Committee for Internal Security (CLASI), which is promoting the development of public security policies and the definition of joint strategies between Latin American countries and the European Union.
The meeting was also attended by the Director General of the Police, Francisco Pardo, who declared that “in a world in which practically all threats to our security have a global dimension, cooperation between our partners, between Europe and America, is the path we must follow”.