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EU-Portuguese Cooperation extend a support to the PCIC

EU-Portuguese  Cooperation extend a support to the PCIC

DILI, 19 february 2021 (TATOLI)-Within the framework of PACED – Project to Support the Consolidation of the Rule of Law in the PALOP countries and Timor-Leste, the fourth batch of laboratory equipment was delivered to the Criminal & Investigative Police (PCIC) to strengthen their capacity in the prevention and the fight against organized crime.

According to the Document from EU, The material, which consists of fundamental laboratory reagents for carrying out expert technical investigations, is worth four thousand dollars. The Ambassador of the European Union Andrew Jacobs, and the Portuguese Ambassador José Pedro Machado Vieira, delivered the material to the National Director of PCIC, Vicente de Brito.

The donation of this material to the PCIC laboratory is part of PACED’s broader support to meet the needs of Timorese national partners and provide according to the regular collaboration with various  Authorities in Timor-Leste.

“The donation of this material to the PCIC laboratory is part of PACED’s broader support to meet the needs of Timorese national partners. These partners include the Ministry of Justice, the Court of Appeal, the Office of the General Prosecutor, the Legal and Judicial Training Centre, and the Financial Information Unit. And this support is always monitored by the services of the National Authorising Officer Support Unit – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation,” the Statemet from the document.

PACED has a budget of 10,15 million dollars: 8,46 million dollars financed by the European Union and 1,69 million dollars co-financed by Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P., whom manages the project.

PACED’s has its own objective to affirm and consolidate the rule of law in the PALOP countries and Timor-Leste, as well as to prevent and fight corruption, money laundering and organised crime, particularly drug trafficking.

Its intervention focuses on actions designed to build the institutional capacity of the competent authorities at legislative, executive and judicial level, promoting the exchange and sharing of knowledge and good practices.

According to the Corruption Perception Index, released by Transparency International, four of the six partner countries of the PACED Project improved their position in 2020. This ranking evaluates 180 countries according to the levels of perception of corruption in the public sector.

Journalist   : Nelson de Sousa

Editor        : Francisco Simões

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