EUROFRONT border management specialists have visited Paraguay and Brazil to promote cooperation across their shared border
The Triple Frontier is the point where the borders between Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina intersect. To guarantee security in this area and fight transnational crime, cooperation between the authorities is essential to offering a coordinated response.
Border management specialists from the EU EUROFRONT cooperation programme have visited the Triple Frontier area and held meetings with Paraguayan and Brazilian authorities. For José Antonio Cambronero, the director of one aspect of this programme, “the technical visit to Paraguay and Brazil has strengthened the dialogue with the national authorities linked to managing the Triple Frontier”. Furthermore, “the exchange held during the visit has made it possible to jointly identify issues that will become strategic lines of work”.
EUROFRONT is a programme that is led by FIIAPP together with the IIILA and the IOM. Its main aim is to improve security and development in Latin America through strengthening the cooperation between the authorities and security forces in seven partner countries, including Paraguay and Brazil.
During the visit by the experts, the host authorities highlighted the importance of EUROFRONT in supporting state bodies that specialise in security and the fight against transnational crime in the Triple Frontier area. The Paraguayan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cynthia Filártiga Lacroix, underlined the role of the European Union as “one of Paraguay’s main development partners”. Georgia Diogo from Brazil’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security pointed out the value of the visit to publicise the country’s border reality and thus increase the effectiveness of future action.
As Cambronero points out, the programme will now promote the design and action phases that will contribute to security and efficiency in managing the border posts. The long-term aim is to share European knowledge on border management by collaboratively selecting with the partner countries those European practices that could be adapted and be of special interest and usefulness in the Triple Frontier region.