Cooperation of authorities and business is a key factor in the fight against illegal PPP’s. Last quarter of 2018 was a busy time for PSOR experts. We were present during 6 training dedicated for law enforcement and customs officials.

Together with PIORiN we’ve visited four cities: Katowice, Cracow, Szczecin and Poznan educating representatives of the Police and Prosecutor’s Offices about the specific legislation, authorisation and control of trade and use of legally registered pesticides, which was the introduction to a broad discussion and exchange of experiences in aspects of the illegalities in production, import and trade of pesticides. In the practical part, we’ve used case studies acquired from PSOR member companies to replicate good practices among law enforcement agencies. Furthermore in cooperation with the KAS (Customs administration) and PIORiN we’ve shared our knowledge and best practices during a 3-day training for customs officers in Katowice and dedicated one day training in Kielce.

In response to the expectations of participants of those and many more trainings, together with external experts and with support of PIORiN, PSOR developed a dedicated guide for law enforcement agencies. Completion of the work along with the assessment of the guide by National Prosecutor’s Office (Prokurator Krajowy) and National Police (Komenda Główna Policji) and distribution is planned for 2019.

Aleksandra Mrowiec was also invited to presented PSOR activities during the EUBAM for Ukraine and Moldova  for training customs authorities from Ukraine and Moldova.

In November Hungarian CPA organized a III Visegrad Group meeting dedicated to discuss learnings and exchange experience on how different authorities act against illicit pesticides.