On October 23rd and 24th, the International Cooperation Division of the French Interior Ministry (DCI) hosted the meeting of the Euromed Police Analysis Network.
Over two days, the analysts from the Euromed Police partner countries worked on the project’s flagship product: the Euromed Police Threat Assessment, or “EMTA”. This document, inspired by the methodology of Europol’s SOCTA, aims at outlining the state of play of organized crime in the Southern Mediterranean region, with a focus on specific priority areas such as drug trafficking, arms trafficking, cybercrime and facilitated illegal immigration.
The work of the Euromed Police analysts consists in producing threat analyses according to a scientific method that the network’s members have now been working on for two years. This work had yielded results: the final version of the EMTA, published in September 2019, collects the contributions of seventeen countries from each side of the Mediterranean and offers a global perspective on the phenomena that affect this region.
The objective of the report is to facilitate the adoption of intelligence-based security policies by the Euromed partners. The EMTA also has value from a European point of view, as it reports on a region for which sources and information are sometimes lacking. A good illustration of this is the fact that the EMTA was taken into consideration at the mid-term evaluation of the SOCTA in the spring of 2019.
At the level of the French authorities, the presence of representatives from the SIRASCO and the OCRTIS at this October session shows the immense potential for the development of synergies around the EMTA.
The EMTA’s impact reaches far beyond Euromed Police IV, and its continuation is now guaranteed. It will be ensured by the future leadership of CEPOL and by Europol’s analytical support from 2020 onwards.