On 13 February 2018, PAMECA V “Consolidation of the Law Enforcement Agencies – Support to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Albanian State Police and Prosecutor`s Offices”, held the Launch Ceremony. PAMECA V is an EU-funded Technical Assistance project led by the Italian, Austrian and French Ministries of Internal Affairs. The aim of this project is to assist the Albanian State Police, Ministry of Interior and Prosecution Offices in bringing their performance closer to the EU Standards.
The Head of EU Delegation Ambassador Romana Vlahutin, Italian Ambassador Alberto Cutillo and French Ambassador Christina Vasak strongly encouraged PAMECA`s work in assisting Albanian law enforcement institutions. The overall commitment of the Albanian government in the fight against corruption and organised crime was appreciated. The Ambassadors highlighted the current and future support to the Albanian authorities in the fight against organised crime, drug trafficking in what is a common endeavour that does not belong only to Albania. More EU Law enforcement agencies are now actively cooperating with Albania in exchange of information, joint investigations in the fight against organised crime.
Minister Xhafaj appreciated the contribution of PAMECA V in advising the Albanian counterparts during the drafting of the Strategic Document of the Ministry of Interior and the recommendations provided while finalising the “Power of Law” document.
Mr Nicolo` D`Angelo, Deputy General Director of Public Security and Mr Giuseppe Fanfani, Chairman of the IX Commission on International Relations, expressed their support to the project, as representatives of the two leading Italian institutions in the implementation of the project. Mr D`Angelo and Mr Fanfani stated that Italy is very keen in collaborating with Albania, in strengthening the policies and measures in the fight against corruption, and organised crime affecting both neighbouring countries. Mr D`Angelo highlighted the role of Italy in the Albanian law enforcement and fight against drugs cultivation and trafficking.
Mr Arqile Koça, on behalf of the General Prosecutor Arta Marku, evaluated PAMECA as an important project. The General Prosecution office is looking forward to the collaboration with the project towards the needs of the community related to the security and mitigation of crime.
This event featured prominently in the local media, both in print and in the audio-visual media: