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SIGNING OF A HEADQUARTERS AGREEMENT BETWEEN SELEC AND ROMANIA

BUCHAREST, July 22, 2015 - The ceremony for signing of the Headquarters Agreement between the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC), represented by Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General, and Romania, represented by Mr. George Ciamba, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, took place on 22nd of July 2015, at SELEC premises.

The new Agreement signed between SELEC and the Government of Romania aims to determine the legal status of the headquarters, to implement the relevant provisions of the SELEC Convention and Protocol on Privileges and Immunities, so as to allow the Center to fully and effectively perform its functions and accomplish its purposes.

Under the present Headquarters Agreement, SELEC is recognized as an organization with international legal personality and capacity to perform legal acts and proceedings. At the same time, the persons involved with the work of the Center (Management, liaison officers, staff, and representatives of the Member States and the Operational Partners) are subject to certain immunities and obligations, similar to that of other major international organizations.

Mr. Bahadir addressed many thanks to the Romanian authorities and expressed his belief that the Agreement will give a new impetus to the cooperation with the host country, Romania, in the best environment of peace and security. On the other side, Mr Bahadir said that SELEC as an international organization will further strengthen its role in preventing and combating global and regional threats, all forms of serious and organized criminality, with an aim to help the Member States’ law enforcement agencies to respond to the operational challenges they are encountering at their work as effectively as possible.

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HUGE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION TO TACKLE ORGANIZED CRIME

Bucharest/Romania, July 1, 2015 - Having in mind the excellent results of previous SELEC operations and taking into consideration that the Balkans region is one of the priority areas of the fight against serious and organized crime coordinated by EUROPOL, on the ground of the initiative of the Hungarian National Police, a new regional operation was proposed to fight against illicit trafficking of vehicles with the active involvement of SELEC, EUROPOL (as part of the EMPACT Joint Action Days series) and INTERPOL. The new operation code-named “Operation HIT 2 - Joint Action Day BLUE AMBER” was carried out during 1st – 3rd of June 2015, with the participation of 11 SELEC Member States and of SELEC partners.

An Operational Coordination Unit has been set at the EUROPOL Headquarters, where experts and liaison officers from SELEC Member States and partners worked together with their EUROPOL colleagues for fulfilling the tasks and reaching the main goals of the regional interdiction operation.

During the operation, 390 stolen vehicles were seized by all participants. Within the Southeast European region, the SELEC Member States reported the arrest of 9 persons and 105 stolen vehicles seized, with an estimated value of over 1,1 million EUR.

Mr. Cristian Duţă, Director for Operations of SELEC, emphasized that “SELEC is the most efficient platform for exchanging information, experiences and good practices, conducting successful joint investigations and operations, with the aim of ensuring an effective and coherent cooperation with the Member States and partners for prevention and combating of all types of trans-border crimes in the Southeast European region."

New initiative to protect Romanian children from travelling UK sex offenders

Bucharest/ Romania, June 29, 2015 - The National Crime Agency (NCA), in conjunction with the British Embassy Bucharest, is launching a new weapon to combat the exploitation and abuse of children in Romania by travelling British child sex offenders.

The International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) has been developed to target British nationals and residents who may be seeking to travel and work overseas in order to sexually abuse children.

An ICPC can only be issued following checks made against police information and intelligence databases. It aims to provide reassurance that staff employed in schools and voluntary organisations do not have a UK criminal record that makes them unsuitable to work with children.

The launch of the ICPC in Romania is the culmination of months of close co-operation between the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and Romanian partners.

The certificate is already being used in 74 countries worldwide and has been officially launched in Kenya, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia, Ukraine, Spain, India and Poland. To date, a total of 13,000 applications have been received by the NCA’s CEOP Command.

Alongside the launch, the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command will be hosting a Safeguarding Workshop for social workers and school counsellors from across Romania to share advice on protecting children in their care.

Law enforcement and prosecution representatives from Romania and 10 neighbouring countries will also attend a 5-day regional conference hosted by the National Crime Agency at the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC) in Bucharest on 29 June - 3 July 2015. They will share best practice and knowledge around tackling the issues of online child sexual abuse and exploitation and cyber enabled crime, which often span borders. (more)


News and Events

44th Plenary Meeting of the European Judicial Network

Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs of SELEC, attended the 44th Plenary Meeting of the European Judicial Network, which took place in Riga/ Latvia on 28th – 30th of June 2015, under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, gathering more than 120 participants.

SEEPAG network is part of the Vilnius Memorandum adopted in 2013 which envisages the need for enhancing the collaboration and improving the interconnection between the European Judicial Network and similar judicial cooperation networks in criminal matters.

During the meeting, the discussions also emphasized that the fight against transnational crime, and organized crime in particular, can only be tackled through global, coordinated action which requires close judicial cooperation between countries, including through efficiently working judicial networks.

Working Visit

Bucharest, June 10, 2015 - Through the European Judicial Training Network exchange programme, a group of 9 prosecutors from Federal Republic of Germany, Italian Republic, the Netherlands, Republic of Poland, Portuguese Republic, Romania and Kingdom of Spain visited SELEC Headquarters in Bucharest/Romania.

Mr. Robert Patrancus, Assistant Criminal Analyst, briefed the participants about how the SELEC works, its latest successful operations and projects, while Mrs. Sonia Schachter, Legal Assistant and SEEPAG Secretary, made an overview about the activities of the prosecutors’ network SEEPAG and its efficient functionining under SELEC umbrella, mentioning the benefits of such law enforcement and judicial cooperation in the Southeast European region.

Official visit

Bucharest, June 8, 2015 - Mr. Okechukwu Fidelis Muoh, Ambassador of Federal Republic of Nigeria in Bucharest, paid today a courtesy visit to SELEC premises, being welcomed by Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General of SELEC. The Nigerian delegation was accompanied by Mr. Liviu Muresan, President of EURISC Foundation – European Institute for Risk, Security and Communication Management.

During the meeting it was discussed about the Center’s role in providing law enforcement cooperation in the region, especially in respect to the possibility of forming such a platform for combating trans-border criminality, terrorism in particular, in Western Africa. Mr. Bahadir encouraged the guests to be free in their further contact with the Center in this issue, giving the example of the Center’s involvement in the UN activities in establishing a similar cooperation mechanism in South Eastern Asian region.



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