The Arquebus team is delighted to receive a printed copy of Project FOCAL-SF, in which Arquebus delivered studies on the Firearms Focal Points of Albania, Belgium, The Netherlands and the UK, in addition to a study-wide comparison table with findings.

Following on from the findings of the 2020 Serious Organised Crime Threat Assessment, FOCAL-SF was an EU Home Affairs project funded by the Internal Security Fund (Police).

The main priority of the FOCAL-SF Project is to improve “…operational cooperation between EU Member States or EU Member States and third countries located along firearms trafficking routes to and from the EU, such as East and Southeast Europe and Middle East and North Africa Countries (MENA), notably by supporting joint initiatives on knowledge, detection, investigation and prosecution of firearms trafficking.”

The project was coordinated by Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas. F.S.P., (FIIAPP) in partnership with:

  • Ministério da Administração Interna, Polícia de Segurança Pública (PSP), Weapons and Explosives Department, from Portugal.
  • Ministerio del Interior, Guardia Civil, Central Division Firearms and Explosives from Spain.
  • Inspectoratul Gereral al Politiei Romane, Directia Arme, Explozivi si Substante Periculoase Politiei Romane from Romania.

The study provides an outline of the National Firearms Focal Point (NFFP) concept, its basis in international and EU contexts, an overview of the national legal environment in which it is to be established, and associated assessments within each target jurisdiction.

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