EU–Portugal and TL strengthen cooperation on PACED Project

EU–Portugal and TL strengthen cooperation on PACED Project

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DILI, 4 february, 2021 (TATOLI)- European Union (EU), Portugal, and Timor-Leste strengthen the Cooperation Criminal Investigation and analysis capacity of the scientific police (PCIC) in Timor-Leste.

According to a note, the EU and Portugal support the Timor-Leste police in implementing the PACED project. It focuses on Police scientific capacity analysis in criminal investigations.

PACED Project will Support on Consolidation of the Rule of Law in the PALOP in Timor-Leste.

It also included delivery of equipment to the Scientific Police for Criminal Investigation (PCIC) of Timor-Leste, to strengthen their capacities in the field of criminal investigation and the fight against drug trafficking.

 “The equipment delivered, which consists of a gas chronograph and mass spectrometer, combines the resources of gas chromatography and mass spectrometer, making it possible to identify different substances in specific samples, contributing to the detection and identification of different drugs, fire investigation, environmental analysis or investigation of explosives,” note said.

The delivery of this material to the PCIC laboratory is part of broader support from PACED to respond to the needs of Timorese national partners.

 It is also continuing the regular collaboration with various authorities in Timor-Leste, which also include the Ministry of Justice, the Court, and the Attorney General’s Office.

Therefore the Legal and Judicial Training Centre, and the Financial Information Unit, is monitored by the Office of the National Authorizing Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

PACED has provided a budget of $10.15 million, $8.46 million financed by the European Union, and $1.69 million by the Institute for Cooperation and Language, IP (Camões).

Camões IP takes responsibility for managing the project. PACED is part of the Multiannual Regional Program (PALOP-TL) existing between the European Union, its Member States, and the PALOP/TL, and aims to affirm and consolidate the rule of law in the PALOP and Timor-Leste.

The ceremony will be chaired by the Minister of Justice of Timor-Leste, Manuel Cárceres da Costa, with the intervention of the National Director of the PCIC, Vicente Fernandes e Brito, the Ambassador of Portugal in Dili, José Pedro Machado Vieira, and the Ambassador of the Delegation of European Union in East Timor, Andrew Jacobs.

PACED plays an important role for the prevention and fight against corruption, money laundering and organized crime, in particular drug trafficking.

Its intervention focuses on actions aimed at institutionally empowering the competent authorities at the legislative, executive and judicial levels, promoting the exchange and sharing of knowledge and good practices.

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Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

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