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EU-Western Balkans Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Forum

Belgrade/Republic of Serbia, December 12, 2014 - The EU - Western Balkans Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Forum was hosted by Republic of Serbia in Belgrade on 12th of December 2014, with a focus on the recent progress and reforms carried out by the Western Balkans countries in the JHA policy areas. SELEC was represented at this event by Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General.

The meeting was held under Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and attended by Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs from Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Republic of Serbia and Italian Republic, as well as EU Justice and Home Affair Commissioners and Heads of regional and international organizations.

During the meeting, issues such as illegal immigration and human trafficking, foreign fighters and small arms smuggling were discussed. In his taking ground, Mr. Bahadir pointed out the fact that the situation emerged in Syria and Iraq was relatively a recent one, and expressed his expectation on increased cooperation in these issues in respect to the figures in information exchange and joint investigations. There are flexible tools of cooperation and legal grounds such as multinational conventions and bilateral security cooperation agreements. The countries’ participation in multinational cooperation is more clear comparing to the past. Mr. Bahadir also pointed the necessity of coordinating activities and avoiding duplication among the variety of international initiatives.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and ICJ Advisory opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

Conference on Illicit Financial Flows

Bucharest, November 27-28, 2014 - Over 50 law enforcement experts gathered and discussed on the topic of illicit financial flows during a Conference jointly organized by SELEC, in the framework of the Financial and Computer Crime Task Force, and UNODC on 27th - 28th of November 2014 in Bucharest, at SELEC Headquarters.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Cristian Duta, Director for Operations of SELEC, and Mr. Oliver Gadney, UNODC Global Programme.

The aim of the Conference was to bring together law enforcement representatives of the SELEC Member States  and partners - Georgia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Spain, USA and UNODC, as well as from Iran and Transcrime - Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime, to discuss on the current situation in the field of countering money laundering and on assumptions and data to be used in UNODC’s upcoming study on estimating illicit financial flows, under the overall goal to enhance cooperation between countries along the Balkan route of heroin trafficking.

On this occasion, Mr. Duta stated: “It is widely recognized that the illicit financial flows represent the biggest impediment to sustainable development and economic stability and prosperity. According to the UNODC reports, about US$80 billion a year turned out from opium trafficking, while the amount of US$13 billion represents the part from the Balkan route. By extending and intensifying the law enforcement cooperation in the field of smuggling and money laundering and implementing long-term solutions, our success will increase considerably and the organized crime activities related to illicit financial flows will not continue to pose such a large threat to the stability and security of the Balkan region.

The participants recognized the value of the conference organized under SELEC and UNODC auspices in establishing and developing an effective network of experts within SELEC and with neighboring regions, as well as in finding ways to continue supporting the Member States’ law enforcement authorities in their common fight against trans-national organized criminality.

43rd Plenary Meeting of the European Judicial Network

Rome/ Italy, November 19 - 21, 2014 - Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs of SELEC, attended the 43rd Plenary Meeting of the European Judicial Network (EJN), organized in Rome/Italy on 19th – 21st of November 2014, under the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Over 100 delegates from 32 European countries and also Canada and USA, as well as representatives from European Commission, Council of the European Union, Center for International Legal Cooperation and SEEPAG took part in the event.

Considering that the fight against transnational crimes, and organized crime in particular, necessarily requires a transnational collaboration among those countries that are directly affected by these phenomena, the discussions of the meeting tackled the topic of EJN cooperation with third countries, with a focus on Western Balkans and Latin America.

On this occasion, Mrs. Maleeva briefed the participants about the successful activities carried out under SEEPAG, as an important judicial mechanism in the field of international cooperation for combating and prosecuting trans-border organized crimes.

News and Events

Working Visit

Bucharest, December 12, 2014 - On 12th of December 2014, SELEC hosted the visit of a group of 12 police officers and prosecutors from the United Mexican States, attending the Mexican-Romanian Mixed Committee for cooperation against drug trafficking, drug addiction and related crimes, which was organized in Bucharest with the support of the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The delegation was welcomed by Mr. Cristian Duta, Director for Operations, who briefed the guests about SELEC and SEEPAG, their missions, goals and functioning, highlighting that the cooperation between the law enforcement authorities and prosecutors represents an important mechanisms for preventing and combating more efficiently the trans-border organized criminality in the region for the benefit of the Member States.

Official Visit

Bucharest, December 3, 2014 - The Ambassador of Republic of Turkey, Mr. Osman Koray Ertas, and Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Burak Karacan, paid an official visit to the SELEC Headquarters, on 3rd of December 2014, being welcomed by Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General of SELEC.

The discussions focused on the Center’s role in the region and practiced ways of police and customs cooperation. Mr. Bahadir briefed the guest on the SELEC’s institutional building and operational activities, as well as on the achievements of the organization and expectations regarding Turkey’s future contribution to the Center’s activities from both operational and financial aspects.

Official Visit

Bucharest, November 17, 2014 - The Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mrs. Nina Sajic, paid today a visit to SELEC premises, being welcomed by Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General of SELEC.

During the meeting, there were discussed general issues concerning the police and customs cooperation in the region and has been emphasized the contribution of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Center’s activities, including discussions on future enhancement of the cooperation.


Working Visit

Bucharest, October 23, 2014 - The US State Department Deputy Director for the Office of Central Europe, Mr. Martin McDowell, paid today a visit to SELEC premises, being welcomed by SELEC Management.

During the meeting, there were discussed general issues concerning regional cooperation, SELEC’s achievements in the region, continuance of US interest in SELEC functionality in the future and SELEC’s cooperation with EU agencies.

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