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The EUROMED II seminar

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The French Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Police of Saint Cyr au Mont d’Or hosted a seminar on trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants from 25 to 31 March 2010 in the framework of the Euromed II Police programme.

21 senior police officers from 6 countries of the Mediterranean area participated to this activity.
The European Union financed this training which finds its roots in the so-called « Barcelona process », initiated in 1995 by the Union with the objective to promote the development of a free-exchange area around the Mediterranean Sea.
Since year 2002, the « Euromed Police » programme completed the process in the field of police cooperation.
A project team, led by Pierre ANTOMATTEI at Seat of the European Police College (CEPOL), oversees and manages all training activities conducted buy the National police training institutes, members of the CEPOL network. Among them, the French Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Police organised 3 Euromed training activities in Lyon during years 2005, 2009 and 2010.
21 heads of police departments from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and the Palestinian Authority took part to the last seminar of March 2010 on the fight against trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants. The programme was prepared and moderated by the Euromed team and the international relations department of the ENSP, with the support of a professional interpretation service in Arabic and English languages.

After the official opening by Patrick JOUBERT, the director of the School, Ms Jocelyne KAN senior advisor at the French « Institut national des hautes Etudes de la Sécurité et de la Justice” (INHESJ) reminded the main international laws and conventions and presented researches of the Institute on trafficking in Human Beings.
Julien SIMON, expert of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) presented the different areas of high migration pressure, as the threats and opportunities facing the European and Mediterranean countries.

Several working visits in the border area were then guided by André PICHON, the regional commander of the Border Police Service, in order to help the participants identify and compare standards and practice when dealing with illegal immigration.

During another visit to the Seat of Interpol, the participants met with Jonathan EYERS, the Head of the Trafficking in Human Beings Sub-Directorate, before they visited the Command and Coordination Centre of the worldwide organisation and were given a comprehensive information on the investigation support tools available for tracking paedophiles users of Internet and sexual tourism.

After the visits, Eric LIEBY from the Euromed team and Jean Marie FIQUET, the Head of the ENSP international relations service, moderated the groups’ workshops.
At last, Pierre ANTONMATTEI and Patrick JOUBERT chaired the closing ceremony during which they invited all participants to report in their respective countries, « so that fruits grow in Algiers, Cairo, Rabat, Amman, Beirut and Ramallah from the seeds planted in Lyon”.

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