On the occasion of International Customs Day celebrated on 26th January, EU-ACT team together with the Global Illicit Flows Programme Manager (Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development) of the European Commission participated in the celebration event of International Customs Day at the Black Sea in Poti (Georgia).
EU-ACT Project held its 6 monthly Review and Planning Meeting at Training Centre of Justice in Tbilisi on 23rd January 2020.
Chief Prosecutor's Office of Georgia requested to EU ACT Project to organise this Drugs money investigation workshop which will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia from 30th to 31st of January 2018.
EU-ACT South Caucasus Regional Office in Tbilisi supports development of drugs rehabilitation programme in prisons in Georgia. For this purpose, two experts from Spanish Penitentiary Institutions have visited Tbilisi to conduct assessment of the rehab pilot programme designed by Special Penitentiary Service of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia from 12th to 16th November 2018.
The Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia has asked EU-ACT Project to support study visits to two other countries in order to compare and contrast policies and procedures. This will inform the policy approach in Georgia. Therefore a delegation of four prosecutors and two investigators will be hosted by the Dutch Prosecutors Office from 29th October to 2nd November 2018.
EU-ACT Project - Georgian Regional Office, will organise a two-day workshop to agree the initial draft of the drugs strategy action plan covering 2019-2020, from 7th to 9th September at the Training Center of Justice in Kvareli.
A 3-day Awareness Seminar on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia on 17-19 July.
The regular Review and Planning Meeting of the EU-ACT Project will be held in Tbilisi on the 2nd of July.
Regional UNODC held an ad hoc training event from 18th to 26th of July in Batumi, Georgia.
The Workshop on Joint Investigation Teams and Controlled Deliveries was held in Tbilisi, Georgia from 26th February to 2nd March.
UE-ACT Project Ukraine, jointly with NORLAU, organised a webinar on Rehabilitation Program for inmate during the 30th of November, 2nd, 4th, 7th and 9th December 2020.
The Rehabilitation Program for Inmates with mental and behavioural disorders due to use of psychoactive substances is a structured intervention program designed to be implemented in the context of the SCES Correctional Colonies. The same Program, with small amendments, can also be developed for inmates of Probation Centres or similar institutions.
On March 10, 2020 Ministry of Justice of Ukraine/Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise sent a TAIEX application to the EUDEL in Kyiv to request a “Workshop on EU legislation and on profiling synthetic narcotic drugs and other methods in the field of combating drug trafficking”.
During these successful two days webinar, more than 120 Ukrainian practitioners attended from all Ukrainian´s LEA´s. 5 international top-level EU experts in the field have participated: one from EU-ACT (José Manuel Colodrás), two from EUAM (Frantisek SAILER and Mr. Oscar Rey), one expert and officer or EUDEL in Moldova (Igoris Krzeckovskis) and above all the President of Moneyval and representative of the Polish Government (Ms. Elżbieta Franków-Jaskiewicz). All of them have extensive and in-depth experience in Ukraine and adapted the presentations to national needs.
The Webinar was chaired by the head of Ukrainian FIU Academy Prof. Anton Chubenko.
The first session of the II Collaborative Exercise of the Ukrainian Drug Research Working Group was held remotely on 23rd April 2020. The aim of this initiative of the EU-ACT Project in Ukraine is to plan, set up, and evaluate a Collaborative Exercise on drug analyses for all the laboratories members of the UDRWG (Ukrainian Drug Research Working Group) and any other Ukrainian forensic laboratory that wants to join this initiative.
The Workshop on Management and Evaluation of the Rehab Program in prisons is being held on 31st March, 1st and 2nd April via videoconference.
The VI Planning and Review Meeting of the EU-ACT Project Ukraine was held in Kyiv on February 11, 2020.
From 21 to 23 January 2020 a delegation of 20 experts from different Drugs Forensic Laboratories of Ukraine (Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Security Service, State Service on control of Drugs and Medicines, Ministry of Health and Customs, jointly with representatives of National Polices and Prosecutor General's Office) carried out a study visit organized by the Director of the Institute of Forensic Research of the Ministry of Justice of Poland.
This WG is devoted to improving the work of Drug Forensic Labs in Ukraine.
As results of the GAPS identify in an assessment conducted by an EU-ACT NKE1. EU-ACT, jointly with our beneficiaries, decided to draft a Road Map and achieve the commitment of Heads of Department to support the necessary changes of the mentioned forensic Labs.
From 11th to 12th July 2019 took place, the III Ukrainian Drug Research Working Group (UDR WG) in Odessa, Ukraine.
More than thirty international and national partners representing the Ministries of Health, Ministries of Internal Affairs, forensics centers, and drug control agencies from Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia, and Ukraine, as well as social society and international organizations for all the mentioned countries, participated in the International Conference on alternatives to incarceration for people who use drugs & removing criminal sanctions for drugs use.
The week from 3 to 7 of June EU-ACT, jointly with the Spanish “Government Delegation for the National Plan on Drugs” (the Delegation), organized a visit to present the "Fund of Forfeited Assets from drug trafficking and other related crimes" (the Fund) to the Ukrainian Authorities. This tour was conducted in Madrid and Galicia, Spain.
On May 17, the "Rehabilitation Program for Inmates (convicts and pre-trial detainees) with mental and behavioral disorders due to the use of psychoactive substances for the State Criminal Executive Service of Ukraine" was presented in Kiev, Ukraine.
On 27th and 28th March 2019 took place the Second Workshop of the Ukrainian Drugs Research Working Group (UDRWG) in the premises of the Hon. Prof. M. S. Bokarius Khrakiv Research Institute of Forensic Examination with the institutions involved.
The First Working Group (WG) meeting of Ukrainian Drugs Forensic Institutions was organised in the premises of the Ministry of Justice Lab (Kyiv Forensic Institute) in Kiev on 29th and 30th of January 2019 and was chaired by Minitry of Justice and sponsored by EU-ACT that acted as Secretary of the newly established WG.
Following the Study Visit on Financial Investigation related to off-shore activities, trusts and beneficial ownership; best practices on Drugs, OC, Corruption and AR investigations that was organised in Madrid (Spain) from 6th to 8th of February 2018, a Mirror activity was held in Kiev, Ukraine from 9 to 10 October 2018.
EU-ACT Project - Ukrainian Regional Office, will organise a Training on analytical skills for Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) from 10th to 14th September in Kiev.
The third local Steering Committee Meeting was held in Kiev, in the Museum of History on June 20th.
A 3-day Workshop on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) was held from 6th to 8th June in Kiev, Ukraine.
EU-ACT Project - Ukrainian Regional Office, organised the 1st phase of a long-term activity from 21st to 25th of May.
The Study Tour, was held in Madrid, Spain at CITCO from February 6th to 8th.
Local Steering Committee Meeting was held in Kiev, Ukraine on January 26th, 2018.
The Assessment of the psychological and psychiatric assistance in the Ukrainian penitentiary centers was developed in Zaporizhia, Ukraine from January 22nd to 26th.
The Regular Planning and Coordination Meeting of the Project “EU Action against Drugs and Organized crime (EU-ACT)” was held in Bishkek on 5 January 2020.
EU-ACT Project has a well-established, solid cooperation with the State Service on Financial Intelligence under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (FIU) in the areas of enhancing expertise in financial investigations parallel to drugs, as well as enhancing cooperation and collaboration of FIU in international platforms where Kyrgyzstan is a member.
The second part of the Workshop on National Risk Assessment on AML and FT was conducted in Madrid from 20 - 22 January 2020 within the EU-ACT Project.
Prosecutors and law enforcement officers from over 15 countries from Central Asia, Europe, Caucasus, as well as experts from relevant international organizations, institutions and embassies gather for discussion of initiatives on improvement of international and interagency cooperation among prosecutors and law enforcement in investigation and prosecution of illicit drug trafficking and organized crime, in particular, address such issues like: controlled deliveries in transnational investigations, drug trafficking in darknet markets, money laundering and crypt currencies
EU-ACT in Regional Office in Kyrgyzstan will organise a training on Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) next 18th of February in Bishkek.
A three-day Workshop on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) was held from 19th to 21st September in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
A five-day workshop was organised in Issikul, Kyrgyzstan from 16th to 20th of July with the participation of an EU expert.
A two-day workshop will be organised in Bishkek from 26th to 27th June.
Local Steering Committee Meeting of EU-ACT Project was held in Bishkek on the 18th June 2018
A 3-day train-the trainers course will be held in Bishkek from 13th to 22nd June.
The training on Intelligence Analysis was organised in Bishkek from 4th to 13th June.
Two Ukrainian experts visited Kyrgyz facilities where Opiates Substitution Therapy is provided on 27th April.
Local Steering Committee Meeting was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on January 24th.
EU-ACT Tanzania organized its first Planning and Review meeting of 2019 on 18th January in Dar Es Salaam.
The Tanzania Director of Public Prosecution Office requested EU-ACT Project to provide support with the organisation of the Annual General Assembly of Prosecutors (“Effective Prosecution of Drugs and Organised Crime in Support of Industrial Development in Tanzania”) which was held in Dodoma, Tanzania from January 15 to 17, 2018.
EU-ACT Tanzania organised a second workshop to draft a Rapid Reference Guide on Drug Related Offences in Mwanza from 5th - 7th December 2018.
EU -ACT Regional office in Tanzania organises a Seminar on New Psychoactive Substances, from 21st to 23rd November 2018 in Dar Es Salaam.
EU-ACT Tanzania has organised a workshop to draft a Rapid Reference Guide on Drug Related Offences in Arusha from 14th - 16th November 2018.
On 27th November 2017 EU-ACT Project was presented in Tanzania.
The Project, EU Action against Drugs and Organised Crime (EU-ACT) has identified Pakistan as a key country to co-operate with, and additionally act as a regional focus point in the South Asian region for the Project activities. To this end, a close cooperation is envisaged with relevant Pakistan institutions, namely the Ministry of Narcotics Control; the Anti-Narcotics Force of Pakistan; Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Higher Education Commission and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
EU-Act Project has organised a study tour for Kyrgyz representatives to Spain to visit the different structures of the National Police and CITCO (Intelligence Center for Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime), from 5th to 8th November.
A 4/day study tour of 4 Tanzanian DCEA (Drug Control and Enforcement Authority) members to Italian Carabinieri HQ, Italian DCSA (Drug Enforcement Central Directorate) as well as other relevant Italian Agencies/Institutions in Rome, was organised from 10th to 13th December 2018.
The workshop was hosted by CARICC in Almaty from 3rd to 6th of April.
The development of international co-operation and mechanisms to exchange experiences in the investigation and prosecution of drug trafficking at regional and inter-regional level is essential. There is a pressing need for a joined-up and effective approach towards tackling the criminal groups scattered across the regions in the heroin route.
The establishment of a flexible mechanism, such as an informal Network of Prosecutors specialised in the fight against drug trafficking, would become a vehicle to contribute to building trust between countries through direct contact, promoting the exchange of information and identification of best practices in the investigation and prosecution of offences, and improving at a regional level the skills of prosecutors dealing with high profile investigations involving organized crime groups.
The Tehran International Meeting on Cooperation against Illicit Drugs and its Illicit Finantial Flows is being held in Tehran (Islamic Republic of Iran), in the framework of the Black Sea Prosecutors Network, from 16th to 17th April 2019.
A Regional Conference on New Psychoactive Substances was held in Pretoria, South Africa from 27th to 29th of November, 2018.
One prosecutor from each of the five countries already members of the Black Sea Prosecutors Network (Armenia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine) plus Georgia will meet in Madrid next 6 of November to discuss the first draft of the BSPN regulations, and potential activities plan for 2019 and 2020.
EU-ACT together with CADAP, in close consultation with EMCDDA, organised a regional expert workshop on “New Psychoactive Substances: Legal and Practical Challenges” in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 24th to 26th October 2018.
The Kick off Meeting of the Black Sea Prosecutors Network (BSPN) was organised by EU-ACT Project in Odessa from 26th to 27th of September 2018.
The Expert Working Group (EWG) Meeting on Comprehensive Approach to Drug Treatment and Care was held in Bishkek on 25th- 26th April.
The Global Conference on Illicit Drugs was organised in Toledo from 24th to 26th April.
The 61st Session of the Commission on Narcotics Drugs (CND) was held in Vienna, Austria, at Vienna International Centre from 12th to 16th of March, 2018.
In connection with Paris Pact Initiative (PPI), EU-ACT supported the organization of the PPI Expert Working Group on Cross-border Cooperation held in Tehran, from 11th - 12th December.