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.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, EU-ACT has managed to complete another activity in Georgia: International Peer Review of the National Prevention Strategy on Substance Abuse have been made by Professor, Dr. hab. Krzystof Ostaszewski, Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology of Poland and Dr. Boguslawa Bukowska, Deputy Director of the National Bureau of Drug Prevention.
From 16th to 17th June EU-ACT Ukraine has organised a two days webinar, chaired by the head of Ukrainian FIU Academy Prof. Anton Chubenko, with more than 120 Ukrainian practitioners from all Ukrainian´s LEA´s. Also 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 Project EU-ACT aims at building capacities to increase regional and trans-regional law enforcement cooperation and coordination in the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking along the heroin route. In addition, the Project has, as additional goal, to develop a sustainable drug policy and reduce the drug demand.
An introductory meeting has been held between EU-ACT local team and newly established Drugs National Monitoring Centre (NMC) in Georgia.
The situation in Georgia as a result of the COVID-19 virus has altered the daily routine of Georgians, including civil servants and governmental officials. Georgian state institutions have adopted remote model of work for their employers.
As of 15 April 2020 EU-ACT Project donated 500 respiratory masks FFP2 with extra filters and 4000 textile multi-layer medical masks to the State Service on Execution of Punishment under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic for the purpose of preventing COVID-19 in prisons.
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.
EU-ACT website has released a new "Related Press" section on its website.
EU-ACT project, focused on long-term sustainable accomplishments in Drug Policy field in Georgia, has supported the initiative of Ministry of Justice of Georgia to draft the country’s first ever National Prevention Strategy on Substance Abuse for 2021-2026. The author of the 45 pages document is Georgian non-key expert, Professor of Ilia State University Ms. Darejan (Jana) Javakhishvili.
The situation in Spain as a result of the COVID-19 virus has altered the routine of millions of people and is affecting all professional sectors. As a result, the EU-ACT Coordination office in Madrid is closed to the public but we are still working together with our partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This material is part of procurement to the Project's law enforcement beneficiaries: State Border Guard Service and Counter Narcotic Department of National Police of Ukraine already received these express tests procured by EU-ACT Project last year.
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).
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.
EU-ACT project with international experts from Poland organized Advanced Training on Motivational Interviewing related to the substance abuse prevention for the specialists working at the Psychosocial Service Centre of LEPL Office of the Resource Officers of Educational Institutions. The week-long advanced training was held from 13 to 17 January 2020.
In the framework of the Ukrainian National Rehabilitation Program for Inmates with mental and behavioral disorders due to the use of psychoactive substances in prisons, Ukraine EU-ACT Project delivered several activities during 2018 and 2019.
EU-ACT Project expert and Ukraine RC jointly with EUAM expert delivered three days presentations on a Seminar co-organized with the Academy of State Financial Monitoring Service (SFMS) of Ukraine, from 3 to 5 December 2019.
EU-ACT - Georgia organised a study visit on 2-4 December for the representatives of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, Special Penitentiary Service and National Probation Agency to the General Secretariat for Penitentiary Institutions of the Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Spain.
EU-ACT is playing a leading role in supporting the effective implementation of the mentioned Plan of Action of the “Strategy of the State Policy on Drugs for the period until 2020”, umbrella of this relevant event, with more than 180 attendees. It’s the only EU Project or organization that, together with UNODC (the other international organization), participates as a partner in PoA drafting. Most of the activities and initiatives carried out by EU-ACT (from both drug demand and supply reduction point of view) are envisaged in this Strategy and Plan of Action.
Ukraine EU-ACT Project conducted a Training of Trainers (ToT) in Chernihiv Academy of the State Criminal Executive Service of Ukraine (SCES) on Rehabilitation Program for Inmates that used psychoactive substances in Ukrainian prisons.
EU-ACT Ukraine has organised the IV Meeting of the Ukrainian Drug Researchers Working Group (WG) from 12th to 14th November in L'viv.
EU-ACT project with international experts from Poland organised training on Motivational Interviewing related to the substance abuse prevention for the specialists working at the Psychosocial Service Centre of LEPL Office of the Resource Officers of Educational Institutions on 30 September to 4 October.
EU-ACT Kyrgyzstan has organised a Training on Operative analysis of the project in Bishkek from 23-27 September 2019.
35 Senior Prosecutors specialized in dealing with drug trafficking cases, and coming from countries in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean, have gathered under the umbrella of the East Africa Association of Prosecutor (EAAP), in Zanzibar from 17th July through 18 July 2019.
During this last took place, the III Ukrainian Drug Research Working Group (UDR WG). In this WG participate Drug Forensic Experts, representatives of the Ministry of Health who leads the National Drug Strategy) National Police, Prosecutor General’s Office and Security Service of Ukraine. The WG discussed several issues, among others, the situation of the Order of the Ministry of Health as the basis for introducing new psychoactive substances as analogs of narcotics drugs.
EU-ACT project and the Office of the Prosecutor’s General of Georgia have organised a multi-sectoral collaborative workshop. The one-day meeting aimed to enhance coordination and cooperation among Georgian institutions to fight against drug abuse and drug-related crimes. The Collaborative workshop was held on 25th June at Tbilisi Marriot Hotel. The second collaborative workshop will be organised by the end of this year with the support of EU-ACT project.
EU-ACT organised a study visit of an Ukrainian delegation to the General Secretatiat of Penitentiary Institutions of Spain, from 25th to 27th June 2019 in Madrid.
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.
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 EU Action against Drugs and Organised Crime (EU-ACT) funded by the European Commission and implemented by FIIAPP supports Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia and LEPL Office of the Resource Officers of Educational Institutions to develop and improve drugs and substance abuse prevention activities for pupils and children at risk.
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.
Twenty police officers attached to the Drug Enforcement Commission of Zambia are being empowered with skills to curb Transnational Organised Crime specifically in relation to the movement of narcotics across different countries and continents in Lusaka, Zambia from 5 to 6 of June 2019.
EU-ACT organised the pilot training course on Drug Related Crimes and Drug Trafficking with cooperation of the Academy of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia for investigators and police officers from different regions of Georgia in May, 2019.
The Crime Scene Analysis Training for forensics experts of the project “EU-ACT" was held in Bishkek from 20th to 31st May 2019.
EU-ACT organised a regional workshop on Drugs and the Darknet in partnership with Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, on 16 - 17 May 2019 in Tbilisi.
EU-ACT: EU Action against Drugs and Organised Crime has supported National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health of Georgia (NCDC) to organise a workshop on European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drugs Abuse (EMCDDA) Treatment Demand Indicator to train representatives of Georgian narcological treatment institutions, on 7 - 8 May in Khavarely (Georgia).
EU-ACT jointly with EUAM has supported a study visit to CITCO (Centre of Intelligence on Terrorism and Organised Crime) focusing on the operational coordination of Drug-Trafficking and Organized Crime Investigations. This visit has taken place the 9, 10 and 11 of April 2019 in the premises of CITCO (Madrid, Spain).
Thirty detectives attached to the Department of Anti-Narcotics are being empowered with skills to curb Transnational Organised Crime specifically in relation to the movement of narcotics across different countries and continents in Entebbe, Uganda from 1st to 4th April 2019
The Training on Basic Excel and Analyst’s Notebook of the project “EU Action against Drugs and Organized crime (EU-ACT)” funded by the European Union Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace started in Bishkek on 1st April 2019.
EU-ACT organised a training of trainers’ course on drug trafficking and drug related crimes at the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia on 25-29 March, 2019.
Round table dedicated to the best practices of European penitentiary system within the project “EU Action against Drugs and Organized crime (EU-ACT)” starts in Bishkek on 15th March 2019, in the conference room of the State Service on Execution of Punishment under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Last 26 February 2019 the plan on Implementation of Intelligence-led-policing (ILP) for the Ministry of Interior, State Committee on National Security and the State Service on Financial Intelligence was approved and signed between these agencies and the US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan and the project “EU Action against Drugs and Organized crime (EU-ACT)” funded by the European Union Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace.
EU-ACT Ukrainian Regional Office (RO) conducted an awareness seminar on parallel financial investigations within drug-related crimes for investigators and operational police officers of National Police of Ukraine Units of Cherkasy Region, from 19th to 20th February 2019.
EU-ACT project with the assistance of Dr. Emilis Subata, Director of Republican Centre for Addictive Disorders of Lithuania, visited Tbilisi to assess needs of medical personnel of the Centre for Mental Health and Prevention of Addiction (CMHPA), from 4th to 8th February 2019.
Sessions of the Interagency working group for conduction of the National Risk Assessment on financing terrorism and legalization (laundering) illegal income, as well as for development of the National Strategy for Risk Reduction” started in Bishkek the 4th of January 2019.
The EU-ACT project organised a workshop on Money Laundering and Drug Related Crimes at the Office of Prosecutor's General of Georgia on 30-31 January 2019.
’’EU Action (EU-ACT) project against Drugs and Organised Crime’’ in Gerogia has held its 6 monthly Review and Planning Meeting at Training Center of Justice in Tbilisi on 29th January 2019.
EU-ACT Regional Office in Ukraine has held its IV Planning and Review Workshop (P&R WS) in Kyiv on 21st January, 2019.
National Conference on Drugs Policy, to support for the implementation of Ukrainian Drug Strategy until 2020, from 28th to 30th November 2018.
Exchange of forensic experts from the Forensic Laboratory of the Spanish National Police (Comisaría General de Policía Cientítica) and one of the leading forensic institutions of Ukraine Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise (KFI) under the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine has been successfully conducted in November, 2018.
Successful High-Level Meeting (HLM) on cooperation among forensic laboratories in Ukraine organized by EU-ACT regional office in Ukraine on 27th November 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.
Four representatives of the Kyrgyz Police Academy and the Training Center under the State Committee on National Security visited Police Academy under the MoI of Georgia, from 12th to 14th November 2018.
The EU funded project’ ’EU Action (EU-ACT) against Drugs and Organised Crime jointly with the Embassy of France in Tbilisi organised ’’Cross-border Regional and Operational Exercise of Controlled Delivery’’, from 22 to 26 October 2018.
The workshop on “Financial Investigations parallel to Drug trafficking and Organized crime” of the project “EU Action against Drugs and Organized crime (EU-ACT)” started in Bishkek on 16th October 2018.
EU-ACT Ukraine organised a workshop to discuss the assesment on laboratories conducted by the Regional Office. The workshop was held on October 11th, 2018 at Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise.
High Level Meeting on presentation of the model Intelligence-led-Policing (ILP) with representatives of Belgian, Spanish and italian National police presented the model In Bishkek, Kyrgystan.
In frames of the EU funded project ’’EU Action against Drugs and Organised Crime (EU-ACT)’’ the visit of the experts from Belgium and United Kingdom has been launched today at the Academy of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MoIA). The purpose of the visit of Belgian and British experts is to design and develop drugs/narcotics training module for Georgian police officers.
EU-ACT Ukraine jointly with UNODC Regional Programme Office in Eastern Europe and Ministry of Justice of Ukraine took part in seminar dedicated to celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day (18th July 2018) in Bila Tserkva Correctional Colony, on 9th July 2018.
EU-ACT Ukrainian staff had the privilege to be invited to participate in the event to celebrate the 105th anniversary of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise and the Conference “Current issues of standardization of forensic support of justice in Ukraine. Development prospect”, in Kyiv on July 4-5, 2018.
The Review and Planning Meeting of the project ’’EU Action against Drugs and Organised Crime (EU-ACT)’’ funded by the European Union Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace was held today in Tbilisi, Georgia. The six months regular meeting reviewed the project activities and progressed achieved. Furthermore, strategic directions and new activities have been also discussed. The meeting was concluded by plenary discussion.
UNODC-WCO Condensed Theoretical-Practical Container Control Program (CCP) Training was launched today at the Customs Clearance Zone of the Revenue Service of Georgia in Batumi. The intense week-long training covers both theoretical and practical aspects and will run until 26th of June for Georgian and Ukrainian participants of the Contain Control Program (CCP).
EU-ACT Project local office in Tanzania was officilly launched, on 9th June 2018 by Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office - Jenister Mhagama at Italian Embassy premises in Dar Es Salaam.
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.
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.