Objectives of this call:
- to help to prevent fraud against the Union’s financial interests, including the fight against cigarette smuggling and counterfeiting, by encouraging exchanges of experience between the authorities of the Member States and the dissemination of general and operational knowledge in the fields concerned.
- to create networks between Member States, accession countries, candidate countries and third countries in order to facilitate exchange of information, experience and best practices, while respecting the traditions of each Member State.
- encourage the exchange of experience between Member State authorities and the dissemination of general and operational knowledge in the fields concerned.
- to introduce OLAF to the widest possible audience and thereby improve cooperation at both national and international levels via a better understanding of the relationship between the European Union and national bodies.
The Commission (OLAF) will award grants for the organisation of:
- Training in the form of conferences, seminars, colloquia, courses, e-learning and symposia, workshops, hands-on training,
- exchanges of best practices (including on fraud risk assessment).
- Training actions needed for installing, operating and maintaining technical equipment needed to support and strengthen the operational capacity of law enforcement agencies in their activities to protect the financial interests of the EU;
- Training of law enforcement staff to operate x-rays scanners purchased in order to inspect vehicles, containers and trucks at the EU’s internal and external borders to detect illicit consignments of tobacco, cigarettes and other smuggled goods;
- Training of law enforcement staff for the correct interpretation of the images generated by x-rays scanners used in the detection of illicit goods, in particular smuggled or counterfeited cigarettes and tobacco, or in other operations undertaken by law enforcement agencies;
- Activities undertaken by trainers of animals (such as sniffer dogs, rats, pigs or bees) used in the detection of illicit goods, in particular smuggled or counterfeited cigarettes and tobacco, or in other operations undertaken by law enforcement agencies.
Deadline for submission of proposals: 6 March 2014.
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