Euromed Police first Strategic Cooperation Forum highlights EU Southern partners priorities
May 10, 2021
The EU-funded Euromed Police project, coordinated by the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) recently held its first Strategic Cooperation Forum. The online event saw the participation of senior decision-makers from the EU Southern Neighbourhood, AFRIPOL, and the Arab Interior Ministers’ Council as well as representatives from the EU Member States, the European Commission, and other partner organisations.
The forum connected the previous and current project phases, introducing the new project team to the Euromed Police community and provided an opportunity for the delegates to present strategic crime priorities and training needs in the framework of the project.
During the meeting, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia and Spain provided an overview of their ongoing cooperation with the partners in the MENA region and presented their experience in the previous phases of the programme.
Finally, participants stressed the importance of this strategic partnership in combating serious and organised crime, underlining the cooperation between the EU and its Southern neighbours as key.
The overall objective of the Euromed Police action, building on the achievements of the previous editions of the project, is to contribute to enhancing institutional capacity to protect EU neighbours’ citizens against transnational serious and organized crime. The specific objectives are to enhance the operational capacities of the South Partner Countries (SPC), to fight serious and organized crime, and to strengthen strategic cooperation between national law enforcement authorities in SPC, as well as between SPC and EU Member States and EU agencies.