High level police representatives from North Africa and the Middle East meet with the Police Chiefs of the EU Member States at Europol in Den Haag to discuss cooperation

The Hague: Today Europol hosted the launching conference of Euromed Police IV, a project which will improve the security of citizens in the EU and its southern partner countries, namely Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya , Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Libya (Syria temporarily suspended).

This 5 million euro project will last for 4 years. It will increase the strategic and operational cooperation among the participating countries and with the EU. It will focus on the needs of the countries to counter major threats posed by terrorism and organized crime.

The project will be implemented by a consortium led by Civipol in close cooperation with Europol, Cepol and Interpol through the use of sustainable tools such as the European Platform of Experts, e-Net, the European Police Exchange Programme and the Interpol I24/7 global police communication system. These tools will be extended across the Euro-Mediterranean area to allow information sharing, cooperation and capacity building.

Mr Maciej, POPOWSKI Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations stressed “The active involvement of Europol, CEPOL and Interpol in this project is a strong asset for the quality and sustainability of its results.”

The launching conference of Euromed Police is coupled with the European Police Chiefs Convention, which gathered the highest representatives and Directors of the European and Euromed Law enforcement services allowing for exchanges at the highest level.