According to Annex I of the delegation agreement between the European Commission and Camões, I.P. for the implementation of the PACED, the Technical Follow-up Committee is held twice a year. On the 22nd of March, the first 2018 meeting took place in Luanda, chaired by a representative of the National Authorizing Officer of Angola, a representative of the Camões, I.P. and a representative of the European Union Delegation in Angola. The meeting served to review the 2017 activities and approve the calendar of activities planned for 2018, as well as the proposal of date and place for the next Technical Monitoring and Piloting Committee.

Scheduled to last until December 2019, the PACED has a budget of € 8.4 million, € 7 million financed by the European Union under the 10th EDF and € 1.4 million by Camões – Cooperation and Language Institute, I.P.

Senior officials of the Timorese justice system, with legislative and investigative powers in the fight against corruption, money laundering and organized crime, met last Thursday in Díli to strengthen inter-institutional cooperation.

With the support of the Ministry of Justice of the Democratic Republic of East Timor, the meeting was promoted within the framework of the EU-funded Project for Support to Consolidation of the Rule of Law (PACED) and co-financed by Camões – Cooperation and Language Institute, IP, also responsible for its execution.

With a high participation of the intervening entities, this debate was centered on the following topics: institutional cooperation knowledge; assessment of the legal framework for preventing and combating crime; training of actors; and strategies for deepening institutional cooperation and preventing and combating these criminal phenomena.

Following the same guidelines, the PACED has foreseen another 11 meetings in the PALOP and Timor-Leste (2 per country), to be held in 2018 and 2019, each lasting one day. The entity responsible for its facilitation is the University of Coimbra’s (Portugal) Center for Social Studies Permanent Justice Observatory.

The PACED is born out of the European Union’s partnership with the PALOP and East Timor, and aims to affirm and consolidate the rule of law in these countries, as well as to prevent and combat corruption, money laundering and organized crime in drug trafficking.

Its focus is on actions to strengthen the competent authorities’ institutional capacity at legislative, executive and judicial levels, promoting the exchange and sharing of knowledge and best practices.

Scheduled to last until 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), of which 8.05 are managed directly by Camões – Cooperation and Language Institute, IP.

In East Timor, the PACED works directly with the Ministry of Justice, the Court of Appeal, the Attorney General’s Office, the Criminal Investigation Police and the Financial Information Unit.

The Rule of Law Consolidation Support Project and the East Timor Court of Appeal held the”Governance and organization of criminal justice” conference, on Tuesday 6th of March, at Hotel Novo Turismo in Dili, with support from the European Union and Camões – Cooperation and Language Institute, IP

The initiative, which was attended by East Timorese speakers and international experts, reflected on the challenges faced by criminal police and the courts in the face of global, complex, economic and financial crimes.

Given the need to find quick, effective, concerted and economically sustainable responses to the way crimes are investigated and judged, the debate focused on strengthening mechanisms and structures for governance, organization and management of criminal justice, from the highest level government strategy and public policies, to the investigative, evidentiary, and jurisdictional tasks.

The program included names such as José Lopes da Mota, counselor to the Supreme Court of Justice (Portugal), Jorge Graça, jurisconsult and former president of the former Commission for Legislative Reform and Justice Sector (East Timor), Conceição Gomes, Coordinator of the Permanent Observatory of Portuguese Justice at the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (Portugal), João Carlos Trindade, Judge Counselor of the Supreme Court (Mozambique), Marcelo Piragibe, Director of the National School of Magistracy (Brazil), Diogo Ravara, Judge of Law and Professor of the Center for Judicial Studies, as well as, José Mouraz Lopes, Judge Counselor and Nuno Coelho, Judge, both scientific advisors of the PACED.

The PACED has just made available online two manuals on the organization and management of criminal investigation and the judicial system in the area of organized crime, corruption, money laundering and drug trafficking by the scientific collaborators of the project, Judge Counselor José Mouraz Lopes and Judge Nuno Coelho.

These manuals aim to be a working tool for criminal investigators, officials of the entities with investigation and financial control responsibilities, prosecutors and judges.

This initiative, which is part of the project’s objectives, aims to strengthen the capacity of the judicial and criminal investigation institutions of the PALOP and Timor-Leste through the proposal of methods and practices of work, information systems, communication and coordination of structures national authorities.

Manual of Management for Criminal Investigation:

Manual of Judicial Organization and Administration:

The AGORA platform, in a partnership with Pro PALOP-TL ISC, launched on the 11th December 2017, three new distance learning courses, open to the public and free of charge: “Information and Communication Technologies (ICT): transforming parliaments”, “Sustainable Development Objectives (ODS), Parliaments and Budgets” and “Supervision and control of Extractive Industries: Parliaments, Supreme Institutions of Control and Civil Society”.

The courses were designed based on the training and seminars held by Pro PALOP-TL ISC, and are intended for members of Parliaments, Supreme Audit Institutions (ISC) and Civil Society, as well as professionals and interested students.

The “Information and Communication Technologies (ICT): Transforming Parliaments” course addresses how ICTs are revolutionizing the media and information sharing in the work environment, including parliaments. It also addresses the potential of IT to enable parliaments to carry out their activities more efficiently, effectively and transparently, and to improve the way they interact with citizens.

The “Sustainable Development Goals (ODS), Parliaments and Budgets” course places the role of parliaments at the heart of the discussion, with the realization that effective budgetary legislative oversight significantly improves the chances of achieving sustainable development goals. Through its power of approval and alteration of the State Budget, Parliament helps to ensure greater budget transparency. Thus, it is fundamental to guarantee the financing of the Sustainable Development Objectives (OD) and that financial resources are destined to the marginalized communities of society.

The “Extractive Industries Inspection and Control: Parliaments, Supreme Institutions of Control and Civil Society” course combines field experience with global best practices to provide parliamentarians and practitioners with a set of tools to ensure the transparent, independent and accountable management of extractive industries.
The courses are available in English, will be available in Portuguese until the end of 2017, and are certified by the United Nations which grants the final certificates. The attendance is online and free of charge.