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EU funds for RSS

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

EU funds for RSS

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The European Union today announced a grant of 1.2 million euros (about $3.3 million Barbados) to the Regional Security System (RSS).
Head of the Delegation of the EU to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Ambassador Mikael Barfod, spoke about the grant this morning during a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the RSS at Hilton Barbados Resort.
He said: “The overall objective is to strengthen the region’s institutional capacity and response to reduce drug demand, prevent crime and violence and combat illicit drug trafficking.”
According to Barfod, one of the aims of the innovative programme is to strengthen the capacities of law enforcement and border security personnel to address illicit trafficking in RSS member states. Another is to enhance existing rehabilitation projects in correctional facilities for drug offenders and provide them with alternative skills.
A third objective is to support public awareness about key law enforcement issues such as drug enforcement and human rights issues in RSS member countries.
The Barbados meeting is being chaired by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Primer Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada are among those attending, along with several prominent security officials. (TY)