Europe Explores Efforts to Combat Crime Jointly with Latin America

By Dialogo
April 19, 2013

The European Union is exploring joint methods to combat organized crime with Latin America, a scourge that is also affecting the “old continent”, Roland Schäfer, European External Action Service director for Latin America, said during his visit to Honduras.

“I chose this country to start a journey in this region, for the insecurity issue; to listen to analysts and to investigate the possibility of working together. A single country is not enough to combat this transnational threat,” the German diplomat said.

Prior to a meeting in Panama this week with European Union ambassadors that were accredited to Latin America, Schäfer met with Vice President María Antonieta Guillén de Bográn, Security Minister Pompeyo Bonilla, and Minister of Human Rights Ana Pineda, in addition to members of the civil society.

Schäfer regretted that crime is knocking on old continent’s doors because “the drugs are departing from Bolivia, Colombia, passing through Central America and West Africa into Europe,” but it is not only drug trafficking; crime is wider and more diversified in criminal activity: it also brings weapons and prostitution.”

Between 2007 and 2013, the European Union spent 2.6 billion dollars in assistance to Latin America, according to the European diplomatic mission in Tegucigalpa.