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Europol National Unit (ENU) team members and high-level management from the International Law Enforcement Cooperation Center in Georgia are participating in a two-day training (5-6 March), at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands.
In 2017, Georgia signed the Operational and Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Europol. According to the agreement, the International Law Enforcement Cooperation Center (ILECC) established within the Central Criminal Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, acts as the national contact point between Georgia and Europol. In 2018, the Europol National Unit (ENU) was established within the ILECC. The purpose of the two-day training in The Hague is to further enhance the coordination and effectiveness of Georgia’s international operational cooperation with Europol.
The SIENA channel training, provided by Europol officials, enables the use of practical skills and knowledge of ENU team members on how to operate Europol’s secure information exchange network application. The launch of SIENA in Georgia is planned for the end of March 2019.
Georgia is also planning to join Europol’s two analytical projects, AP FURTUM (organised property crime) and AP EEOC (eastern European organised crime). Based on analysis, Georgian criminals in Europe are mainly involved in organised property crimes and organised criminal groups.
The study visit was organised in the framework of the EU-funded ‘’Support to fight against organised crime’’ project, implemented by Human Dynamics, to strengthen the rule of law with emphasis on the prevention and fight against organised crime. This project is enabling the implementation of the new National Strategy of 2017-2020 for Combating Organised Crime and its Action Plan, by building the capacity of relevant departments involved in the fight against organised crime and all services in the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) in Georgia.
The Human Dynamics-led project supports Georgia in achieving the Association Agreement with the European Union in combating organised crime and illicit trafficking and to further strengthening cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
More information about the project is available here