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On 28 November in Skopje a successful phase of EU support to Macedonia’s reform process was marked with an official project closing ceremony. Our Ambassador Christopher Yvon and the Director of the Public Security Bureau along with the representatives of the EU Delegation and the Northern Ireland Cooperation Office (NI-CO) marked the successful completion of the project on national police and criminal law reforms.
The project was run with British expert support over the past fifteen months entailing comprehensive work in police investigations, intelligence, risk management, strategic planning and legislative reform.
Speaking at the event Ambassador Yvon said:
This has been a great opportunity for United Kingdom experts, through NI-CO, to be able to share their experience and offer ideas on innovative ways of enhancing police reform. The key ingredients have included intelligence-led policing methodologies, risk management and strategic planning. The training-the-trainers aspect will also help to ensure the sustainability of the project achievements. I would like to congratulate the participants in the project for their contribution, the Director for his supervision, the European Union Delegation for providing the finance and of course NI-CO for generously giving their time and experience in a model of UK partnership with Macedonia.
The project was run within the Twinning programme of the European Union to help Macedonia strengthen its capacities under the EU reform agenda. The project was implemented by the Northern Ireland Cooperation Office in cooperation with the police services of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Macedonia.