Strategic lines EUROFRONT 2022
The activity of cross-border organised criminal groups poses a threat to national and global security with direct implications for public health, security, and economic stability. In response, EUROFRONT seeks the support of the regional dimension to promote reforms agreed in a multi-country key or in the field of regional networks, which constitutes one of the strategic principles that will guide this year's work.
Rumichaca, Desaguadero, Bermejo-Aguas Blancas and Triple Border cooperate to improve security and development in Latin America
Four of the most significant borders in Latin America are involved in regional improvement and development through EUROFRONT. Since 2020, the seven countries involved in them have joined this European Union-financed programme. After a start conditioned by the context of the international health crisis and the consequent closure of borders, currently the seven partner countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru) are actively working on the ground together with the team of experts designated by FIIAPP (Spain), IILA (Italy) and the International Organisation for Migration (OIM). In this article, we review the main milestones of the past year at each of these border points and what guides the strategic lines for 2022.
Jorge de la Caballería from the European Union on the EUROFRONT programme: “the more networks to share information, the better the results”
Mr. Jorge de la Caballería, Unit Head of the European Community’s General Directorate of International Alliances, together with representatives of the EUROFRONT Programme, paid a visit to Ciudad del Este on Monday 14 February, with the aim of strengthening alliances with Paraguay and analysing its challenges regarding security and development. Along with Paraguay government representatives and the European Union’s Delegation in said country, the entourage toured the International Friendship Bridge, a crossing located between Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) and Foz de Iguazú (Brazil) at the so-called Triple Border that also connects Argentina.
The Triple Frontier, before and after the border closures, through the eyes of Catia Marinangeli
The Triple Frontier is the main border of South America in terms of population, movement of people and international relations. Located at the point where Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil meet, this three-way border is also on one of the most important tourist routes in the subcontinent. These characteristics accentuate the complexity of border management for the three countries involved while also increasing the need for crime prevention. How has this situation evolved in the last year within the context of the pandemic? To answer this question, on behalf of the Instituto Italo - Latino Americano – IILA, in collaboration with FIIAPP and IOM, we asked Catia Marinangeli, a EUFOFRONT expert who is stationed at the border.
“International cooperation helps us train and understand how the crime of human trafficking and smuggling varies across borders”
Wednesday 24 November saw a technical visit to the city of Puerto Iguazú, the Argentinian border at the “Triple Frontier”, a region that also includes the cities of Foz de Iguazú in Brazil and Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. The visit was carried out as part of the framework of a technical assessment and training initiative within the EUROFRONT programme. Wednesday 24 November saw a technical visit to the city of Puerto Iguazú, the Argentinian border at the “Triple Frontier”, a region that also includes the cities of Foz de Iguazú in Brazil and Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. The visit was carried out as part of the framework of a technical assessment and training initiative within the EUROFRONT programme.
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