Interior Minister Fatmir Xhafaj was received in a special meeting by the Europol Executive Director, Catherine De Bolle.

On the last day of the visit to the Netherlands, Interior Minister Fatmir Xhafaj was received in a special meeting by the Europol Executive Director, Catherine De Bolle.
During the meeting, Minister Xhafaj stressed the importance that this organization has for Albania and at the same time expressed the full will to reshape relations with EUROPOL, for a more intensive cooperation in the fight against organized crime, which, among other things, will also affect the growth of the professional capacities of the State Police in this field.
Subsequently, he made an overview of the recent developments that relate to the fight against organized crime as an important government priority. The fight against cannabis cultivation, according to the Minister, is one of the areas in which the Ministry of Interior and the State Police have spent tremendous energy.
On her part, the Director of EUROPOL thanked the Minister for Cooperation and the expressed willingness to intensify the cooperation with the EU countries and EUROPOL.
Albania and the Western Balkans, said Mrs. Bolle, is a matter of strategic interest in the security perspective. This, according to her, was confirmed at the recent Summit in Sofia. The Executive Director of EUROPOL underlined Albania's contribution to providing quantitative and qualitative data for various fields and maximally assessed the recent State Police operations. She highly praised the commitment to expedite the legal procedures that will enable the establishment of EUROPOL's liaison officer in Albania, adding that EUROPOL will do the same in other Western Balkan countries.

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