The Official Handover Ceremony of specialised technical equipment for Central Criminal Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, procured by EU-ACT, was held on 22nd of June 2020 in Tbilisi.
EU-ACT project team in Tbilisi together with Mr. Catalin Gherman, Deputy Head of Cooperation Section of the European Union Delegation to Georgia have officially handed over the specialised technical equipment to Mr. Kakhaber Sabanadze, First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Mr. Mamuka Chelidze, Director of the Central Criminal Police Department.
The procurement of the specialised equipment aims to further strengthen capacity building of the law enforcement officers to fight against international drug trafficking and transnational organised crime in Georgia. In addition to this, the technical equipment will also assist Ministry of Internal Affairs to increase regional and trans-regional law enforcement cooperation and coordination in the fight against serious organised crime.
During the handover ceremony, the first Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs underlined constant and continuous support received throughout various activities delivered by the EU-ACT project in Georgia. Mr. Sabanadze also thanked both the project and Delegation of the European Union to Georgia for efforts and expressed willingness to further continue cooperation. On the other hand, Mr. Catalin Gherman noted that the technical equipment granted to the Central Criminal Police Department will help to prevent trans-national organised crime and strengthen evidence-based approaches among law enforcement agencies.
EU-ACT Regional Coordinator, Ms. Valeria Elefterie thanked both parties to participate in the official handover ceremony and noted that the project will deliver further activities for Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia till June, 2021 as the project had been extended by the European Commission.
EU-ACT project has completed procurement of the specialised equipment for three priority countries: Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine during the COVID-19 pandemic and Georgia was the first country to receive the equipment.
The second phase of the project activity includes the training for law enforcement officers which will be launched in June, 2020. EU-ACT is proud to stand with Georgia in the fight against transnational organised crime and, ultimately to contribute to the country’s national security.