EU Donates $38 Million to Strengthen Security in Panama

Monday, March 24 2014 @ 07:56 pm EDT

Contributed by: Don Winner

The European Union (EU) made a contribution of $38 million to the Government of Panama for a cooperation program aimed at strengthening public security in the country, an official said today.

The support to the Program of Cooperation with Panama in Security was made official today with the signing of an agreement between the Panamanian Public Security Minister Jose Raul Mulino, and the Representative in Panama from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Tomas Bermudez.

The agreement documents the economic contribution of 28 million Euros donated by the EU to improve public safety in Panama, said a statement from the Ministry of Public Security.

The signing of the agreement, held at the presidency, was attended by the EU representatives to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, Matilde Caravolo, and the former mayor of Medellin (Colombia) Alfonso Salazar.

Mulino called upon the civil society to participate actively in the national government's programs to combat crime, organized crime and drug trafficking.

"In this topic, the participation of civil society is virtually nil," said Minister of Public Safety, according to official information.

Mulino said in the past four years the Ministry of Security has established 82 police checkpoints in different regions around the country to strengthen citizen security and combat crime.

Besides the Ministry of Security, the National Police, the Prison System, Public Ministry, the National Security Council and Defense, the National Criminal Statistics and the National Institute for Women all participate in the SECOPA. (Panama America)

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