The European Commission/OLAF and the “Fiscalia General de la Nacion” of Colombia jointly organised the Pericles Programme Technical-Tactical Training: Strengthening the protection of the euro in investigations.
The Seminar was hosted in Medellin (Colombia) from 28 to 30 March 2012 with the aim to provide Colombian law enforcement with technical and tactical training on the protection of euro banknotes and coins against counterfeiting.
The training brought together 45 participants from Colombia and 9 trainers from EU (including Europol and the OLAF/European Technical and Scientific Centre/ETSC). It was financed under the Pericles programme 2011 as part of the Pericles strategy to counter the (increased) threat from South America.
The action had as a main goal to train police officers from the Antioquia region in recognizing counterfeits and investigating counterfeit cases. The event was a great success: 100% of participants declared to have a good or very good overall impression of the seminar and thanks to the high professionalism and to the great interest of Colombian participants the effectiveness of the training was rather high: the average rate of correct answers was higher than 80 %.
The representatives of the Colombian “Fiscalia General de la Nacion” underlined the success of the event financed by the Pericles Programme and highlighted the importance of such an initiative in South –America in order to improve the protection of the euro.
In 2011, the CTI (Cuerpo Técnico de Investigación) of Medellin dismantled the first ever illegal mint involved in the production of euro coins in South America.
OLAF/ETSC’s representatives examined on the spot the seized materials. The methodology used for counterfeiting proved to be extremely innovative.