7th Steering Group Meeting of the European Strategy for Danube Region
Bucharest/ Romania, 1 July 2014 - SELEC was represented by Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs, at the 7th Steering Group Meeting of Priority Area 11 “Security” of the European Strategy for Danube Region, held on 30th of June - 1st of July 2014, in Bucharest.
The meeting, hosted by the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs, represented an excellent platform to discuss the current progress of the ongoing projects and activities within the framework of Priority Area 11, as well as a good opportunity for the participants to share ideas, to establish common aims and to look together for the way ahead.
On 30th of June, a delegation consisting of 15 experts from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Romania, participating at the 7th Steering Group Meeting, paid a working visit to SELEC premises (photo).
Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General of SELEC, welcomed the participants, who were briefed about the law enforcement cooperation developed under the SELEC framework, along with presentation of concrete cases and successful achievements of the Center.
5th Meeting of the UNODC Programme Steering Committee
Vienna/ Austria, 30 June 2014 - SELEC Director for Legal and Internal Affairs, Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, attended the 5th Steering Committee Meeting of the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe organized in Vienna, on 30th of June 2014.
Mrs. Maleeva provided a presentation on the existing partnership between the two organizations, including suggestions on future enhancement of this cooperation.
The aim of the meeting was to review and identify developments and challenges within the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe (2012-2015), which represents a key framework and an institutional priority for the UNODC work in the region. The meeting was dedicated to report about the progress registered by the Regional Programme since the last meeting, its implementation, developments and challenges, practices and activities.
OSCE Conference on „Enhancing Cross-border Co-operation of the Criminal Justice System in Combating Transnational Crime in the OSCE Area”
Vienna/ Austria, 17 - 18 June 2014 - Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, SELEC Director for Legal and Internal Affairs and SEEPAG representative, participated at the OSCE Annual Police Experts Meeting, held in Vienna, on 17th - 18th of June 2014.
The event addressed the topic of direct cross-border co-operation between police and other elements of the criminal justice system, such as border and customs agencies, prosecutors and judges, aiming to provide a platform for national authorities to exchange views as well as to improve the inter-ministerial mechanisms of cooperation in view of speeding up the joint responses against transnational criminal activities.
The meeting was dedicated to the different forms and possibilities of cross-border co-operation. On the basis of concrete examples, best practices of co-operation mechanisms involving law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and judges were presented and the challenges of such co-operation discussed.
Mrs. Maleeva delivered a comprehensive presentation about the successful functionining and activity of the prosecutors’ network SEEPAG, under SELEC auspices, mentioning the benefits of such law enforcement and judicial cooperation in the Southeast European region.
During the meeting, the excellent collaboration between SELEC and SEEPAG, aiming to obtain greater efficiency and optimization of the investigative activities, was presented as a good example of cooperation in order to prevent and combat trans-border criminality.
Description: Bucharest, June 19, 2014 – The representatives of the law enforcement authorities from 10 SELEC Member States and partners (EUBAM, the Netherlands, RCC, Spain, UK and USA) participated at the 21st Meeting of Mirage Task Force, organized at SELEC premises on 19th of June 2014. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Cristian Duta, Director for Operations of SELEC.
During the meeting, the 2013 Regional Evaluation Report on Trafficking in Human Beings and Migrant Smuggling was presented and discussed. At the same time, there were presented some successful joint investigations carried out last year in this field:
“RADIO” was developed by Hungary and Republic of Serbia, targeting an organized crime group dealing with migrants smuggling from the territory of Kosovo*, Syria and other African and Asian countries to Hungary, through the green border, and further to other EU countries.
This joint investigation was awarded a second price for the second semester of 2013 by SELEC Bi-annual Awards Committee.
“SOUTH” was a case in the field of migrants smuggling developed by Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republic of Croatia, which was awarded a second price for the first semester of 2013 by SELEC Bi-annual Awards Committee.
“ESZEK/KASTEL” was initiated in October 2012 and involved Republic of Croatia and Hungary, targeting an organized crime group dealing with the facilitation of illegal migration along the Hungarian and Croatian border. This joint investigation was awarded a second price for the first semester of 2013 by SELEC Bi-annual Awards Committee.
“HIT” started in December 2012 between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Serbia targeting an organized crime group dealing with migrants smuggling. SELEC Bi-annual Awards Committee awarded a third price for the first semester of 2013 to this joint investigation.