European Union and Camões, I.P. strengthen cooperation with Judicial Police in the Autonomous Region of Príncipe
On April 9, a ceremony was held at the headquarters of the Regional Police of the Autonomous Region of the Príncipe, in the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, to deliver a special vehicle to support the Judiciary Police in the region, within the framework of the Project to Support the Consolidation of the Rule of Law in PALOP and Timor-Leste (PACED). The ceremony was attended by the President of the Prince’s Regional Government, José Cassandra; the Minister of Justice, Public Administration and Human Rights of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, Ivete Lima; the General Director of Prison Services and Social Reintegration, Lázaro Afonso; the Director of the Judicial Police, Maribel Rocha and Mr. Attaché of the Embassy of Portugal, António Machado.
The event was held with the purpose of strengthening the structures of the Delegation of the Judicial Police of the Autonomous Region of the Prince. According to the Minister of Justice, Public Administration and Human Rights, Ivete Santos Lima Correia, “the delivery of this vehicle will improve the services of the Judicial Police in the Region of Prince, which is the pillar of crime prevention and investigation in this region.”
The objectives of PACED are to affirm and consolidate the rule of law in the PALOP-TL group of countries, as well as to prevent and combat corruption, money laundering and organized crime, in particular drug trafficking.
The intervention focuses on actions to institutionally empower competent authorities at the legislative, executive and judicial levels, promoting the exchange and sharing of knowledge and good practices.
The project started in 2014 and is due in December 2019. The PACED has a budget of 8.4 million euros (7 million financed by the European Union under the 10th EDF and 1.4 million by Camões, IP).
In addition to the Judicial Police, in São Tomé and Príncipe the PACED works directly with the Ministry of Justice, Public Administration and Human Rights, the Minister of Planning, Finance and Blue Economy and the Central Bank.