The Spanish interior minister, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, said his country was best suited to lead the project with Colombia, as “in our country, 40% of the cocaine in the European Union is seized.”
The minister said collaboration with Latin America and “specifically Colombia” would make the struggle against drug trafficking more efficient.
“We believe we will be more efficient in the struggle against [illegal] drugs,” Fernandez said.
Similar anti-drug trafficking projects are already in place between France and Senegal and Great Britain and Ghana.
Colombia remains the world’s top producer of cocaine, according to the United Nations, while Spain is a major transit route for illegal drugs entering Europe from Africa and Latin America.