The EU-ACT project to be launched in the country seeks to improve the effectiveness and cooperation of the agencies responsible for the investigation of drug trafficking and organised crime in over 30 countries
Tanzania has been the country chosen to continue the EU-ACT project against drugs and the organised crime that affects over 30 countries crossed by the so-called “heroin routes”. The south east African country is considered key as it is a focus for these activities in the region.
This European Commission-funded initiative, through the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP), is managed by FIIAPP and is designed to address the problems related to the supply and demand for drugs. It is also designed to improve the synergies with the EU’s International Policy Cycle against organised crime.
A group of experts will be appointed to direct the plan and the project activities in Tanzania. Their first priority will be to identify the most urgent measures to be taken to prevent and combat drug trafficking and to reduce demand by preventing drug use and improving treatment for drug addiction.
The project has currently been launched in three priority countries: Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Georgia.
In line with the European Drugs Strategy 2013-2020, EU-ACT is an initiative that arose to help the authorities and security authorities in beneficiary countries to identify and prosecute large-scale drug traffickers and the associated organised crime.
The FIIAPP-led project is active in 5 strategic regions: Central Asia, South Caucasus, Asia and East Africa. It counts on the participation of experts from the Spanish Ministry of the Interior, who will work with their counterparts in the Carabinieri from Italy and the UK National Crime Agency (NCA).