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Caribbean to get EU funding to fight drugs trafficking

Published:Thursday | March 13, 2014 | 8:55 AM

The European Union has indicated it will provide €2.5 million towards the fight against drug trafficking and international criminal networks in the Caribbean.



Head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Ambassador Mikael Barfod, says the funding will assist with the establishment of joint national maritime intelligence units.



It will also help to develop a regional maritime information system, as well as regional and trans-regional networking and technical assistance.



The EU representative says the development of such infrastructure should lead to increased targeting of suspected vessels, a unified maritime intelligence system, increased drug seizures and enhanced multi-agency cooperation.



Ambassador Mikael Barfod was speaking at fourth Caribbean Basin Coastal Surveillance and Maritime Security meeting in Barbados yesterday.



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