7 - 8 March 2018 - A two-day session to overview and coordinate CRIMJUST implementation.
On 7 March 2018, UNODC, INTERPOL, and Transparency International - the three implementing agencies of CRIMJUST - participated in the 3rd Project Steering Coordination Committee meeting (PSCC). Among participants, the European Commission, Cocaine Route Monitoring and Support Project (CORMS). Airport Communication Programme (AIRCOP) and Seaport Cooperation Programme (SEACOP) also gathered to overview the project implementation status and coordinate future activities.
The meeting was opened by the European Union, Cocaine Route Programme Manager, Mr. Rui Costa. The opening remarks stressed the importance of a comprehensive approach of CRIMJUST to bridge the gaps and complement the actions taken by the EU Cocaine Route Programme (CRP).
During the first day, the project-implementing partners shared the progress of the project in terms of implementation in line with the main outcomes. As the PSCC analysed the main trends regarding transnational organized crime in Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa, the geographic scope of the project was discussed to adjust accordingly and ensure proper response to the dynamics of drug trafficking.
Additionally, in order to complement and align efforts within the CRP, joint activities with AIRCOP and SEACOP were proposed and reviewed. In order to keep on maximizing the positive outcomes of CRIMJUST, partners approved the workplan of activities.
The second day of the PSCC focused mainly on thematic briefings provided by experts of Interpol. Among the topics discussed, where insights about INTERPOL Drug strategy and initiatives, Financial Crimes and Anti-Corruption Units, and Fugitive Investigative Support.
Overall, the meeting resulted in a number of recommendations to guide further implementation of the project.
Under the framework of the CRIMJUST project funded by European Union Cocaine Route Programme, UNODC and its partners (INTERPOL and TI) aim to assist Member States to enhance their capacity and integrity of criminal justice institutions to detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate illicit cocaine trafficking cases, and to foster cooperation at the interregional level for effective action to tackle drug trafficking and related organized crime .
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