EUPOL COPPS participates in a ceremony marking the successful implementation of the MoU between PACC and the Police
Bringing together the Chief of the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) and the Head of the Palestinian Anti Corruption Commission (PACC), together with other high level representatives, all sides reiterated the importance of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the fight against corruption, which, in the words of EUPOL COPPS HoM is itself a main obstacle to development and an undermining factor to any state building processes worldwide. Ongoing work against corruption is pivotal in achieving and retaining the trust of the citizens, and EUPOL COPPS is proud to be part of this effort that aims at enhancing the corruption crimes investigation in Palestine. Whilst commending all sides for the successful implementation of the MoU, HoM Nataliya Apostolova stressed that this partnership should serve as an example for further cooperation between institutions on the rule of law in Palestine. The MoU between the PACC and the PCP was signed in 2017, and is being hailed as a success story in itself, as well as enhancing the fruitful cooperation between the PACC and the PCP. EUPOL COPPS remains committed to working together with the PCP and the PACC in the ever important fight against corruption in Palestine.
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Head of EUPOL COPPS and Chief of Palestinian Police agree to strengthen cooperation
On 20 December, Chief of Palestinian Civil Police Major General Yousif Helo paid a visit to EUPOL COPPS HQ in Ramallah where he met with the Head of Mission Nataliya Apostolova. During the meeting, both sides updated each other on their ongoing activities and agreed to work towards the strengthening of the already excellent ties that exist between the EUPOL COPPS and the PCP. Furthermore, the start of 2022 will bring with it a string of activities in which EUPOL COPPS and the PCP will jointly engage.
EUPOL COPPS participated in the Justice Sector Working Group Technical Meeting
EUPOL COPPS participated in the Justice Sector Working Group Technical Meeting on 15 December 2021, represented by the Head of the Rule of Law Section along with two Mission advisers. The technical meeting was chaired by the Ministry of Justice and co-chaired by EUREP, where the Ministry of Justice presented the priorities of the Justice Sector Institutions for 2022. Several common topics and themes were raised and discussed, revolving around legislation, human rights & gender, access to justice, capacity building of the justice sector staff, infrastructure & IT, enhancement of cooperation between civil society and justice sector institutions and cooperation with the security sector. On the theme ‘development and harmonization of legislation with international treaties’, the Head of the Rule of Law Section, Giovanni Galzignato, commented that this theme raised the organization of the legislative process to a high priority, not least because it incorporates the need for the review and amendment of laws that support the independence of the judiciary and a fair trial. EUPOL COPPS has been providing technical support to the justice sector institutions for many years, including the legislative process and harmonisation of legislation with Palestine’s international obligations. “EUPOL COPPS is ready to support the legislative process and the review and amendment of laws in the area of criminal justice, including supporting the national committee for the penal code,” Galzignato said.