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Purchase of equipment for the detection of false and falsified documents

This project purchased new equipment to detect false and falsified documents in overseas diplomatic missions, provided training and established a secure network for exchange of data.

Project dates 01/11/2010 - 30/04/2012
Total budget€300 000
EU contribution75%
Name of the entity managing the projectMinistry of Foreign Affairs
FundEBF
CountryMalta

Project Description

The procurement of equipment for the detection of false and falsified documents, such as retro-check equipment and synthetic magnifiers to be distributed in various consular missions in non-EU countries, was necessary to facilitate the work and capacity of officers, both posted locally in Malta and abroad.

In addition to the purchase of equipment, it was also necessary to train embassy staff in the use of the equipment, provide a train-the-trainer course for Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff, and establish an intranet for the secure exchange of data between the Maltese police and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Benefits and results

This project allowed for the development of skills and equipment in the detection of false and falsified documents and fraudulent visa applications registered at Malta’s diplomatic missions. This ensured that Malta is in line with EU and Schengen requirements regarding visa training and communication between authorities.

The intensive train-the-trainer course for a selected number of Ministry staff created a pool of trainers for future in-house basic training in the field of detection of false and falsified documents. The establishment of a secure collaborative network between the Maltese police and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs enables the exchange of sensitive data where required by overseas diplomatic missions.

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