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TOPIC : Smuggling

Topic identifier: ISFP-2017-AG-SMUGG
Publication date: 05 December 2017

Types of action: ISFP-AG ISF-Police Action Grant
Opening date:
05 December 2017
Deadline: 13 September 2018 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Internal Security Fund Police
Topic Description

The present Call for Proposals aims at funding projects in the area of operational law enforcement cooperation between one or more EU Member State and the respective law enforcement authorities of Tunisia, Egypt or Morocco.

Proposals consisting exclusively in studies and/or conferences will not be considered for funding under this Call for Proposals.

The objective of this project is to establish a joint investigation team (JIT) composed of the law enforcement officials from the participating EU and the host third country. To this end, a project proposal ideally includes the following preparatory steps:

  • Identify and analyse relevant law enforcement structures and procedures in relation to countering migrant smuggling to locate the future JIT, either within existing structures or by creating a dedicated function;
  • Assess the capacity building needs of law enforcement and judicial authorities in the partner country;
  • Analyse the investigative and judicial procedures, on-going cases and past rulings;
  • Define and agree with the partner country’s authorities the status, mandate and prerogative of the JIT;
  • Select, together with the partner country’s authorities, law enforcement officers to be enlisted for the JIT;
  • Provide targeted training for the enlisted law enforcement officers on detection, investigation techniques and collecting evidence for judicial proceedings in the area of migrant smuggling, with a focus on tracing illicit financial flows linked to migrant smuggling;
  • A mechanism will be set to allow the Commission to monitor closely the implementation of the project, providing when necessary strategic guidance and ensuring due coordination with other relevant EU funded actions;
  • Coordination and complementarities with ongoing externally-funded projects in this area must be ensured (in particular those detailed in section 6.2) through timely information sharing between the relevant Commission services and amongst the different actions.

Additionally, to complement the creation of the joint investigation team and ensure it operates effectively, the project should aim to achieve one or more of the following operational outcomes related to the prevention and fight against organised criminal groups engaged in migrant smuggling, without duplicating existing projects or structures:

  • Continuous capacity building and mentoring for the officers, members of the JIT, on detection, investigation and prosecution methodologies in the area of migrant smuggling, including on financial investigations, document fraud and the distinction between human trafficking and migrant smuggling;
  • Capacity building for law enforcement and judicial authorities and, where not existing, support and guidance for establishing more effective inter-agency cooperation practices as well as improved procedures and organisational structures to allow for the optimal allocation of scarce resources, both at regional and national levels in the area of migrant smuggling;
  • Building trust, enhancing exchange of operational and strategic information with the relevant third country authorities and Europol’s Information Clearing House allowing for more effective criminal investigations
  • Enhancing cooperation with other EU agencies, beyond Europol, such as the European Border and Coast Guard Agency or Eurojust and international organisations such as Interpol;
  • Networking, coordination and exchange of information between Member State liaison officers in the region as well as European Migration Liaison Officers and any EU Agency liaison officers in the region, by making use of existing platforms (e.g. immigration liaison officers network, EU Cooperation Platform on migrant smuggling);
  • Establishment of a database between Member States and relevant law enforcement authorities ensuring interoperability with Interpol databases.
Topic conditions and documents


1. List of eligible countries:
Be a public body of a Member State of the European Union participating in the ISF Police instrument. Public bodies established in third countries may participate, but only as co-applicants.

2. Admissibility requirements and eligibility criteria
: See sections 5 and 6 of the Call document.

3. Indicative timetable for evaluation and contract signature
: See section 3 of the Call document.

4. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

5. Additional documents:

Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

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