On 22 of June 2016, Mr. Romulus Nicolae Ungureanu, Director for Operations of SELEC, participated as a keynote speaker at the OSCE Security Committee meeting on “Regional cooperation in addressing illegal migration security related challenges”, held in Vienna/Republic of Austria, under German OSCE Chairmanship-In-Office.
Mr. Ungureanu provided a regional update on illegal migration with a focus on SELEC’s operational activities in the field of trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants, mentioned the conclusions of the latest SELEC Task Force Mirage on Countering Trafficking in Human Beings and Illegal Migration, and presented best practices and lessons learnt that could contribute to the enhancement of the regional cooperation in addressing illegal migration security related challenges.
Bucharest, June 16th, 2016 - The 22nd meeting of the Anti-Drug Trafficking Task Force was held at the SELEC Headquarters in Bucharest, during 14-15 of June 2016. In the constant effort to strengthen the regional cooperation, the event was jointly organized with Priority Area 11 “Security” of the European Strategy for the Danube Region, in the framework of the Workshop on strengthening the cooperation between Police and Customs in combating drug trafficking, with the participation of SELEC Member States and Partners’ experts, as well as representatives from EUBAM, Europol, Interpol, OSCE.
The Director for Operations of SELEC, Mr. Romulus Nicolae Ungureanu, Chairman, welcomed the participants and mentioned about SELEC’s support to its Member States in the fight against drug trafficking, last year’s achievements and future initiatives for enhancing SELEC’s work, for the benefit of law enforcement authorities of all SELEC Member States.
The key findings of the 2015 Annual Drug Report for Southeast Europe were presented by Mr. Robert Patrancus, Criminal Analyst, whilst Mr. Svetlin Danailov, Bulgarian Liaison Officer at SELEC, Task Force Manager, briefed about the activities developed within the framework of the Anti-Drug Trafficking Task Force, such as the data exchange and joint investigations supported by SELEC, with a focus on the successful operations that were awarded by SELEC in 2015 (i.e Green Arrow, Caddy, Vodno/Chema, Skiper/Tower, Maska). ...read more
On the 14th of June 2016, Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs, attended the Salzburg Forum Ministerial Conference held within the framework of the Croatian Salzburg Forum Presidency, in Dubrovnik, with the participation of Ministers of Interior from the Salzburg Forum Member States and the states belonging to the Group of Friends of the Salzburg Forum, representatives of European institutions and agencies, international organizations and partners.
The conference ensured the proper venue for discussions related to the cooperation in the area of legal and illegal migration and asylum, border management and fighting terrorism and radicalization.
Having in view SELEC’s objective to prevent and combat all forms of crime, including serious and organized crime, Mrs. Snejana Maleeva addressed to the audience mentioning SELEC’s role in the Southeast European region in fighting organized crime, with a focus on illegal migration and terrorism, which are also key priority areas for SELEC and its Member States.
The ministerial conference concluded with the adoption of a Joint Ministerial Declaration containing guidelines related to migration - exchange of information and cooperation, challenges in future border management and the fight against terrorism.
On the 9-10 June 2016, Mr. Murat Caliskan, SELEC Turkish Police Liaison Officer, participated as a keynote speaker at the OSCE Annual Police Experts Meeting on "Intelligence-led policing: a model for strategic planning,strenghtening community policing and countering transnational threats posed by criminal activity", held in Vienna / Austria.
During his intervention, Mr.Caliskan mentioned the increased number of exchanges of information and joint investigations supported by SELEC, and presented the operation Sheppard in the field of migrants' smuggling, a succesful joint investigation between Serbian and Turkish law enforcement authorities, awarded by SELEC last year.
The objective of the meeting,held under the OSCE 2016 German Chairmanship-in-office, was to introduce intelligence-led policing models, methodologies and good practices to OSCE participating states, partners for cooperation and other participants.
The 13th Regional Meeting of the Heads of Structures Committed Tackling Organized Crime in Southeast Europe, organized by the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police, was held in Predeal/Romania, in the period 6-10 of June 2016, with the participation of law enforcement officers from EU Member States, Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Japan, Jordan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Moldova, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Republic of Serbia, Switzerland, Republic of Turkey, Ukraine, USA and representatives of SELEC, Europol, Eurojust, European Commission, Interpol and Frontex.
In the framework of the main topic of the meeting “Expanding Global Partnerships to Counter Organized Crime”, the discussions focused on the exchange of intelligence, modus operandi, good practices in investigating crimes such as drug trafficking, cybercrime, terrorism, illegal migration, and strengthening the cooperation between the main actors responsible for fighting organized crime.
During his intervention, Mr. Romulus Nicolae Ungureanu, Director for Operations, presented SELEC, its role and activities in preventing and combating trans-border organized crime in the Southeast European region, mentioning that SELEC provides tailored operational support to its twelve Member States in investigating organized criminal groups’ illegal activities.
|SELEC provided support to the Bulgarian and Romanian authorities that conducted a joint investigation targeting to identify the perpetrators suspected of committing fraud and robbery offences on the territory of Republic of Bulgaria. In two action days, following a swift exchange of information through SELEC channel and based on the support provided by the Bulgarian and Romanian SELEC Liaison Officers, the criminals - two Romanian nationals- were arrested at Dunav Most border check point, when attempting to re-enter the territory of Republic of Bulgaria.
The offenders, using a car with police blue lamp registered in Bulgaria, were pretending to be police officers seemingly performing their official duties of stopping and inspecting vehicles.
The success of the operation codenamed “Lightning” is owed to the Unit “Robberies” within Chief Directorate National Police in Sofia in cooperation with officers from Regional Police Directorate in Ruse, the Romanian International Police Cooperation Center and the officers from Criminal Investigations Unit within General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police.
The investigating procedure is still ongoing, the arrested offenders following to be prosecuted.
Bucharest, June 3rd 2016 - The Director for Operations of SELEC, Mr. Romulus Nicolae Ungureanu, welcomed today at the SELEC Headquarters a delegation of representatives of the Parliament of Berlin accompanied by representatives of Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
During the visit, Mr. Ungureanu explained the role of SELEC in preventing and combating trans-border organized crime in the Southeast European region, mentioned that is the only regional law enforcement organization that gathers Police and Customs authorities and detailed several activities developed by SELEC in the framework of Task Force Mirage on Countering Trafficking in Human Beings and Illegal Migration, with a focus on Operation Mirage.
This topic was of major interest for the delegates, of Federal Republic of Germany is one of the destination countries for migration, the Southeast Europe being a transit area for migrants on their way to Western Europe.
Federal Republic of Germany is holding the status as Observer to SELEC and is participating, to the extend of its status, in various meetings organized by SELEC.