Cooperation between Portugal and Spain in terms of safety, crime-fighting and coastal protection has been described by the Portuguese Government as very positive.
Portugal’s Minister for Home Affairs, Miguel Macedo and his Spanish counterpart met last week in Lisbon to assess Iberian cooperation in tackling crime – terrorist threats and drug trafficking – as well as border management and control.
In a statement Minister Macedo said the meeting also served to reflect on the implications of a situation of instability created against EU security by armed movements from the Sahel and Southern Maghreb regions.
Regarding the controlling and monitoring of maritime borders the Ministers acknowledged “significant developments registered in connection with Portugal’s Integrated System for Coastal Control and Vigilance and Spain’s Integrated Exterior Vigilance System which, together with the Eurosur pilot-project taken on a central importance in fighting illegal immigration and human trafficking, especially from the Western Mediterranean and the EU’s Atlantic coast.”
The statement further highlighted the “excellent articulation, information exchange and swapping of good practices, at both a political level as well as among the respective chains of command, and between the various technical and operational levels of both State’s Forces and Security Services.”
Spanish and Portuguese forces also joined forces over the Easter period; a number of Spanish police officers were sent to Portugal to reinforce operations in key areas such as Braga, Lisbon and Faro, while Portuguese PSP officers were dispatched to help out in Spain, mostly in Malaga.