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European Union Project to Support the Consolidation of the Rule of Law in PALOP and Timor-Leste (PACED)

Various Countries

Sector: Good Governance

Partners: Camões I.P. and national legal, executive and judiciary organizations in the Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) and Timor-Leste.

Budget/duration: EUR 8.4 million (EUR 7 million from the 10th EDF and EUR 1.4 million from Camões, I.P.) / 87 months



Aim of Intervention

PACED aims to contribute to the affirmation and consolidation of the rule of law in the Portuguese speaking African countries (PALOP) and in Timor-Leste, improving its capacity to prevent and fight effectively against corruption, money laundering and organized crime, especially trafficking of narcotic drugs.

The project aims at strengthening PALOP and Timor-Leste regional cooperation by improving the legal environment and administrative organization and strengthening institutional capabilities. In order to achieve those results, PACED works to raise awareness among policy-makers to support legislative harmonization, to train the management and technical staff of national entities, to foster the creation of knowledge and collaboration networks and also to develop a training and cooperation digital platform common to PALOP and Timor-Leste.

PACED cooperates closely with the relevant national institutions in the legislative, executive and judicial sectors, namely the Ministries of Justice, Ministries of Interior and / or Internal Administration, Courts, Attorney General's Offices, Public Prosecutors, Criminal Investigation Police, Anti-Corruption Agencies, Judicial Training Schools, Central Banks and Financial Information Units (FIUs).

PACED has already trained more than 1220 managers and technicians from PALOP and Timor-Leste, including 44 trainers prepared to replicate training in their countries; carried out 12 forums for reflection, sharing and the creation of collaborative networks between judges, prosecutors, criminal investigation police and financial information units; and held several conferences with more than 6420 participants. By promoting knowledge and reflection in key areas such as Loss of Assets, Asset Recovery and Witness Protection, the project has effectively contributed to improve the human and institutional capacities of PALOP and Timor-Leste.