ArmInfo. RA Deputy Minister of Police Hovhannes Kocharyan received the EU delegation led by Kestutis Lancinskas.
As the press service of the RA Police told ArmInfo, the purpose of the visit of the European delegation is to conduct a preliminary assessment of the legal framework for the activities of police, the institutional structure and reforms necessary to identify priority areas of EU support within the framework of the EU TAIEX program.
Kocharyan noted the importance of the high level of interaction that has developed with the EU and expressed hope that cooperation will further deepen and expand.
At the same time, the Deputy Head of the RA Police spoke about the reforms carried out in the department, covering various areas: from legislative to structural changes, touched on the organization of the mobile patrol service and the process of introducing a point system of fines in the traffic police. The parties emphasized that in the context of responding to modern challenges, it is important to exchange experience with law enforcement agencies in the field of systemic reforms, education, public order and a number of other areas. During the meeting other issues of mutual interest were also discussed.
TAIEX - Technical Assistance and Information Exchange - is a European Commission technical assistance and information exchange tool. Recently, the TAIEX coverage has been expanded to partner countries within the European Neighborhood Policy programs.
Currently, the TAIEX tool is fully operational, which means that new partner countries can take advantage of the experience and services provided under this tool. It is important to know that the starting point in the work of TAIEX is a request / application, therefore, an initiative approach is required from a representative of the interested structure of the recipient country. Ministries, services and departments determine their own needs and apply with corresponding applications.
TAIEX organizes theoretical and practical seminars during which participants get acquainted with the issues of EU activities, policies and legislation. Such events are designed for the participation of one or more departments. Study tours to EU countries provide an opportunity to better understand how practical issues related to assisting the EU are addressed. In addition, departments can host specialists from EU member states who travel abroad as invited experts to conduct specially prepared events on specific issues in such areas as, for example, legislation, implementing relevant programs, or exchanging best practices. Participants in the TAIEX Program are EU candidate countries, potential EU candidate countries, as well as countries covered by the European Neighborhood Policy. The TAIEX program finances short-term and "operational" events, the preparation and implementation of which is several weeks.