¿What is EL PAcCTO?

Europe Latin America Assistance Program against Transnational Organized Crime (EL PAcCTO) is an initiative shared by European and Latin American countries conceived in 2015, which materialised in 2017 with the start of activities in its office in Madrid.

The European Commission is funding EL PAcCTO with 19 million euros for a five-year term.


  • A technical assistance programme between the European Union and Latin America.

  • A programme for sharing experiences and good practices between EU and Latin American countries and between Latin American countries.

  • A cooperation programme that seeks to strengthen capacities and facilitate international cooperation.

  • A programme that aims to respond to the most pressing needs of Latin American countries.

  • A programme that encompasses the entire criminal chain and which works transversally.

EL PAcCTO is not

  • A financial assistance programme, nor does it purchase equipment or finance building projects.

  • A training programme.

  • A programme that replaces cooperation by one or more EU countries.

  • A programme that makes numerous diagnoses and studies in an over-diagnosed region.

  • A programme to raise awareness.