On May 16, 2018 EU-ACT Regional Coordinator in Ukraine Mr. Jose Manuel Colodras started his mentoring activity for the Department on Combating Drug-related Crimes of the National Police of Ukraine (DCDC NPU).
EU-ACT will participate on the DEVCO Lunchtime Conference External Cooperation to present the combined efforts of the Cocaine Route Programme (CRP) and the EU Action Against Drug Trafficking and Organised Crime as a concerted response of the European Union and its partners to threats posed by drug trafficking and organised crime, while promoting regional and trans-regional cooperation. The event will be held on Thursday 17 May 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.
In April 27 the chief doctor of the Kyiv Clinical Narcological Hospital "Sociotherapy", Volodymyr Yaryi, and the director of the Ukranian Monitoring and Medical Center on Drugs and Alcohol, Serhii Shum, visited the Republican Narcological Center of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Prison #31 to study the practice of Opiates Substitution Therapy (OST) applied in Kyrgyzstan. The visit was organized in connection to their participation in Paris Pact Experts Working Group (PPI EWG) on Drug Prevention and Treatment, held in Bishkek in 25-26 April, in frames of the Project ‘EU-ACT: EU Action against Drugs and Organised Crime’ for 2018.
EU-ACT Project, in coordination with the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic, State Committee on National Security of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Kyrgyz State Law Academy under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic will provide international expertise to design a five-day training module, to be embedded into relevant academies, to enhance the skills of existing staff and to provide skills to new staff on basic drug investigation skills. A three-day train-the-trainers course will provide instructors with skills to deliver this training module to the relevant structures within the law enforcement.
The activity will take place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, from 13th to 22nd June 2018.
The EU Action Against Drugs and Organised Crime (EU-ACT) and the Central Asia Drug Action Programme (CADAP), in connection with the Paris Pact Initiative (PPI), host the Expert Working Group (EWG) Meeting on Comprehensive Approach to Drug Treatment and Care, focusing on International Standards and Quality Assurance Systems in support of Pillar IV of the Vienna Declaration.
Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) organises a conference on illicit drugs, in Toledo, Spain, from the 24th to the 26th April 2018. The conference will bring together police experts from more than 60 countries from around the world and will include discussions on heroin, cocaine and synthetic drugs country experiences. Agenda will also include presentations and discussions on Interpol analytical tools and databases.
More than 25 experts from 11 countries participated at the Regional workshop on “Financial Disruption of Illicit Financial Flows Associated with Transnational Organized Crime”. The meeting was organized jointly by the UNODC’s Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighboring Countries, and the Project EU Action against Drugs and Organized Crime and was held in the premises of CARICC, in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 3rd to 6th of April 2018.
From 12 to 16 March 2018, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) is holding its 61st Session at Vienna International Centre. EU-ACT Project is participating for the second year since starting phase III of the Heroin Route programme.
In collaboration with Cocaine Route Programme, EU-ACT will be providing information to all participants at its stand, to broaden knowledge on the Project and to enhance partnership with other projects and institutions related to the drug trafficking and organized crime.
The EU-ACT Project, together with EU Advisory Mission in Ukraine (EUAM) and the European Union Anti-Corruption Initiative (EUACI), with the support of the Intelligence Centre against Terrorism and Organized Crime (Centro de Inteligencia contra el Terrorismo y el Crimen Organizado (CITCO)), organised a Study Visit on Financial Investigation related to off-shore activities, trusts and beneficial ownership and best practices on Drugs, Organised Crime, Corruption and AR investigations, from February 6th to 8th 2018 in Madrid, Spain.
EU-ACT has undertaken the Assessment of the psychological and psychiatric assistance in the Ukrainian penitentiary centers in collaboration with the Ukrainian State Criminal Executive Service (SCES) with the help of a task group composed by Ukrainian professionals and EU-ACT experts, with extensive experience on drug treatment in prison settings.