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Home Affairs Minister opens 1st EU-CELAC Citizen Security Seminar

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017. 2:03 pm CST.

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017. 2:01 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The  Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Elodio Aragon Jr., delivered opening remarks today at the first ever European Union- Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (EU-CELAC) Citizen Security Seminar being held from September 27-28, 2017 in Hague, Netherlands.

Belize is currently the CELAC Co-Coordinator, along with the Republic of Panama of Chapter 10 on Citizen Security of the EU-CELAC Action Plan. The EU-CELAC Citizen Security Seminar is the first of its kind, joining the entire Latin America & Caribbean region with the European Union in order to provide a forum where both regions can enter into discourse with the aim to share best practices and experiences, further mutual understanding, and take stock of past actions while identifying new possible avenues for cooperation.

In  2015, the Heads of State and Government of the European Union (EU) and of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) recognized that citizen security is a shared concern, which is essential for the development and the improvement of the quality of life and well-being of the citizens of both regions. In this regard, the EU-CELAC Action Plan incorporated a specific chapter on citizen security that mandates the organization of inter-governmental seminars and workshops on the issue.

Participants from over 31 countries, the EU institutions, and the CARICOM-Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) attended this first Seminar setting the stage for the second EU-CELAC Citizen Security Seminar, which is scheduled to take place in January 2018 in Panama City, Panama.

Belize continues its role as Chapter Co-Coordinator, liaising with its EU counterparts on behalf of CELAC to realize critical and tangible results regarding the important theme of citizen security between both regions.

 Belize’s delegation to the seminar comprised of Aragon and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Edward Broaster.

The delegation was further supported by the Ambassador of Belize to the EU, H.E. Dr. Dylan Vernon and First Secretary of the Mission of Belize to the EU Raineldo Urbina.

Belize’s role as Chapter Co-Coordinator is a joint effort between the Mission of Belize to the EU and the Ministry of Home Affairs.


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