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IPA III – European Union Police Assistance for Bosnia and Herzegovina – 2021

IPA III is the new Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance, with a total budget of over €14 billion, for the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework period. This instrument supports candidate countries and potential candidates on their path towards fulfilling the EU accession criteria through deep and comprehensive reforms.

2022-02-01
10 million euro
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Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors
Beneficiaries
Regions Candidate countries, European Union
Details
  • Countries eligible for the grant:
    • EU Member States;
    • UK.
  • The action must take place in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Priorities and funded actions

Objectives

  • To enhance the effectiveness of institutions involved in the fight against transnational organised crime, corruption, drugs, money laundering, cybercrime, trafficking of human beings, terrorism, radicalisation, violent extremism, corruption and ensure better institutional interoperability;
  • To further improve the collection and data exchange, and data protection according to the EU applicable standards and best practices;
  • To improve governance standards, to embed stability and progress towards EU membership, better identify and respond to threats, and strengthen capacities to prevent and fight crimes.

Priorities

  • Priority 1: To build compatible crime fighting infrastructure at all levels, in order to foster effective cooperation in criminal matters across the BiH jurisdictions;
  • Priority 2: Enhance capacity of LEAs to effectively prevent and fight transnational organised crime, corruption, terrorism, money laundering, drugs, cybercrime, radicalisation and violent extremism in BiH;
  • Priority 3: Align with European standards and improve police legislation and bylaws, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Books of Rules (BoR), Guidelines, Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) and other required legal documents to establish the legal basis for better and more effective utilization of police capacities;
  • Priority 4: Promote better use of Special Investigative Measures (SIMs) in line with EU best practices and standards as well as joint investigation teams;
  • Priority 5: Enhance effective internal and international coordination, cooperation and information exchange;
  • Priority 6: Support development of the country’s personal data protection capacity and alignment with EU’s acquis in the area;
  • Priority 7: Provide effective legal and investigative tools to Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and prosecutors to timely investigate, prosecute and sanction severe crime and to utilize proactive investigations;
  • Priority 8: Support the LEAs to develop and implement human rights based approaches to policing, in full compliance with European standards;
  • Priority 9: Support to the authorities in demonstrating progress towards establishing a track record of proactive investigations, confirmed indictments, prosecutions and final convictions against organised crime and corruption, including at high-level.

Among financed actions

  • Fight against transnational organised/serious crime, Trafficking of Human Beings (THB), Drugs and corruption;
  • Countering terrorism, P/CVE, cybercrime;
  • Countering Financial crime, Money Laundering;
  • Support the enhancement of effective cooperation among law enforcement bodies and with prosecutors; and judges;
  • Enhancing external cooperation and coordination, information exchange, as well as international cooperation and coordination with EUROPOL and Interpol;
  • Support for drafting legislation, in line with EU acquis, European standards and best practices (improve respective bylaws and police legislation, SOPs, BoR, Guidelines, MoUs and other required legal documents, including personal data protection area;
  • Support to the authorities in demonstrating progress towards establishing a track record of proactive investigations, confirmed indictments, prosecutions and final convictions against organised crime and corruption, including at high-level;
  • Enhance border security, and fight cross border organised crime;
  • Complementary assistance to procure required equipment to support better use of Special Investigative measures (SIMs), effective investigations and forensic capacities;
  • Procurement of complementary specialised IT equipment that will enhance the capacity of the LEAs and further strengthening of data security and exchange;
  • Communication and outreach to BiH citizens / EU Visibility;
  • Fight against transnational organised/serious crime, Trafficking of Human Beings (THB), Drugs and corruption;
  • Countering terrorism, P/CVE, cybercrime;
  • Countering Financial crime, Money Laundering;
  • Support the enhancement of effective cooperation among law enforcement bodies and with prosecutors; and judges;
  • Enhancing external cooperation and coordination, information exchange, as well as international cooperation and coordination with EUROPOL and Interpol;
  • Support for drafting legislation, in line with EU acquis, European standards and best practices (improve respective bylaws and police legislation, SOPs, BoR, Guidelines, MoUs and other required legal documents, including personal data protection area;
  • Support to the authorities in demonstrating progress towards establishing a track record of proactive investigations, confirmed indictments, prosecutions and final convictions against organised crime and corruption, including at high-level;
  • Enhance border security, and fight cross border organised crime;
  • Complementary assistance to procure required equipment to support better use of Special Investigative measures (SIMs), effective investigations and forensic capacities;
  • Procurement of complementary specialised IT equipment that will enhance the capacity of the LEAs and further strengthening of data security and exchange;
  • Communication and outreach to BiH citizens / EU Visibility.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 48 and 60 months.

Eligibility

  • Be a legal person;
  • Be non-profit-making;
  • Be established in a Member State of the European Union, or in the United Kingdom;
  • Be an administration of a Member State of the European Union or of the United Kingdom or their mandated bodies, entrusted with responsibilities related to the implementation of activities relevant to the call.
Financement
  • Amount of the grant: 10 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 100% of the total eligible costs

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