CRIMJUST attends the Cocaine Route Steering and Coordination Committee (PSCC) in Brussels

The Cocaine Route Programme (CRP) Steering Committee, organized on a semi-annual basis was organized with the aim to coordinate and systematize the next steps of the in the projects involved.

The different project coordinators of the Cocaine Route Monitoring and Support Project (CORMS), Airport Communication Programme (AIRCOP), Seaport Cooperation Programme (SEACOP) and Strengthening criminal investigation and criminal justice cooperation along the cocaine route in Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa (CRIMJUST), including the EU CRP Programme Manager and partners gathered to overview and discuss the implemented activities and the overall outcome of the CRP.

During the first session, the representatives of the projects presented the implemented activities, as well as, reviewed the coordination arrangements to align efforts and potential joint activities.

A round table of discussion mapped the drug trafficking flows and the tools available to support evidence based decision making process. A comprehensive/ quantitative analysis of the main trends regarding transnational organized crime and drug trafficking along the cocaine route was presented by UNODC, the Joint Research Centre, and NCA. In addition, tools such as, Law Enforcement and Justice Institutions Accountability Assessment Tool developed under the framework of CRIMJUST  was presented, ENACT Vulnerability Assessment Tool were introduced.  

Overall, the meeting resulted in a number of recommendations to guide further implementation of the CRP and promoted the cooperation with other relevant projects and activities.

The Cocaine Route Programme is funded by the European Commission -  EuropeAid  via the  Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace  (IcSP, art. 5).

Under the framework of the CRIMJUST Programme, funded by EU Cocaine Route Programme, the 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.  

For more information:

-     European Union "Cocaine Route Programme"

-     Transparency International

-     INTERPOL