The programme has EUR 12 million from the EC to combat drug trafficking and crime in more than 30 countries
Brussels witnessed the official launch of the project EU-ACT, action against drugs and organised crime, managed by the FIIAPP, whose objective is to improve the effectiveness and operational cooperation of the agencies responsible for investigating drug trafficking and organised crime associated with it.
In addition, the project supports beneficiary countries in the prevention of drug use, as well as in improving treatment for drug addiction, covering, in general, all drugs policies in line with the European Drugs Strategy 2013-2020.
So far, the project has already been launched in three priority countries: Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Georgia, where specific needs have been identified and work teams have been appointed. The next countries in which the project will be presented will be Pakistan and Tanzania.
The project covers more than 30 countries through which the so-called “heroin routes” pass, whose main point of departure is in Afghanistan, where more than 70% of the world’s production of this drug comes from.
In particular, countries and regions of interest are: Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, the Balkans, Turkey, Persian Gulf, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Burundi, the Comoros, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Mauritius, Seychelles, Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania.
The project – funded with €12,000.000 by the European Commission through the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP)- will last for four years, during which experts from the Spanish Ministry of Interior will work with their counterparts from the Carabinieri in Italy and the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the United Kingdom.